Laytown (An Inse) : Artificial Mound

Grid RefO 155 713
Longitude6° 15' 6.7" W
Latitude53° 40' 43.1" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDrogheda (8 Km)
OS Sheet43
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 21st October 2001

This mound took me totally by surprise. Most things marked as mounds are now just shadows of their former self, but this one is incredible. Probably just 6m in diameter at the bottom, the remarkable thing is its height and shape. It must be 7m tall and has the shape of an old wicker beehive. It has much more modern neighbours in the form of what looks like a small scrapyard and a bungalow. However, it still manages to send out a great feeling of being.

Its proximity to the river Nanny suggests either a sacred water link or simply that the people who constructed ate fish. I tend towards the former. A sight well worth making a detour to see, as it is so rare to find one in such good condition..

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From Drogheda N1 south and then the R150 east. The mound is on the right after about 2.2km.

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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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