'Rath Beg' : Barrow

Grid RefM 797 842
GPSM 79744 84156 (3m)
Longitude8° 18' 27" W
Latitude53° 48' 23.47" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownElphin (8.9 Km)
OS Sheet33
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 24th July 2010

This was monument 5 on the Megalithomania 2010 Meet-Up.

I have looked at the map many a time at the profusion of red dots around this area and hoped that I could get to them one day. I wasn't aware that so many of them had good access. This one has a small parking area and a style to enter the field.

From the road the barrow look massive, because it is perched on the edge of a low ridge at the road side. To add to the scale the mound has been built up in layers of decreasing diameter, making this a Stepped Barrow.

Standing on the top you can see the main sites of the area if you know where to look. The main monument in the area, Rath Cruachan (County Roscommon), is unmissable to the southeast.

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Rath Beg means Little Rath, but this monument is a barrow. It is named Rath Beg, because it is near to Rath Mor (Big Rath) and is smaller. To confuse things, Rath Mor was probably a barrow, too, originally.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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