Although I have wanted to come here for quite some time I have been delaying it. This is because all the photos that I have seen of this tomb show it surrounded by pine trees, which would totally obscure the view.
However, if you want to go to this one then now is the time to do it, for they have recently felled all the trees on the top of the hill and opened up the views once more. I assume that they will soon be along to replant it though. The hillside itself looks a liitle like a tornado has just passed through with the tree stumps and dead branches lying exposed.
The tomb itself is very nice. There is no cairn left and just the skeleton of the passage and chamber remain, but this is in quite good condition. Large slabs still cover the 3m x 1.5m chamber. The 6m long passage is uncovered and curious. Just before you reach the chamber there are two side chambers, similar to those found in English long barrows.
To either side of the entrance to the slightly collapsing passage are two lrage stone from the kerb. A few other stones of similar size lie scattered about.
The walls of the chamber are made from three slabs along each side and one large one forming the back wall, which is now leaning in.
The views are not amazingly spectacular but you can see for miles from up here.
This tomb is said to be to the grave of Olill Olum, an early king of Munster.
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.