Bartragh Island : Barrow

Grid RefG 255 285
Longitude9° 8' 30.13" W
Latitude54° 11' 59.79" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownInishcrone (3.5 Km)
OS Sheet24
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 21st August 2010

Amazingly this glaringly obvious barrow had not been recorded until very, very recently. An application to put an exclusive golf course on Bartragh Island was lodged and an archaeologist surveyed the island and 'found' this and recorded it for the first time.

The barrow stands magnificently on the southern end of the long island and looks like a huge pimple on the island's nose! It's a monster barrow and a glorious place for to be laid to rest. When I go I'd love to end up somewhere like this.

We didn't cross to the island, so I can't give exact details of its size etc and the grid reference is approximate.

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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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