Drumloughan : Court Tomb

Grid RefN 152 984
Longitude7° 46' 6.77" W
Latitude53° 56' 4.84" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMohill (6.6 Km)
OS Sheet34
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 13th October 2002

After knocking on the farmhouse door and getting directions to the tomb I set off and failed to find it. Well, at least straight away. At first I found some rocks that could have been a tomb, but did not match the farmers description. Had I not talked to him I would happily accepted that this was it and left. So, knowing different, I scoured the hedgerows and eventually found what I was looking for, just 20m away.

The only really easy to spot feature seems to be part of a chamber that could have been a subsidary chamber between two galleries, of which traces can be seen. There is definitely a court at the northern end, but the south is very badly damaged and the stones there could just be a broken kerb.

The little box chamber is just 1.2m cubic and has just three sides and no roof. The north court would have been 4m wide and 3m deep. The other stones do not really stand much over 60cm tall. As with many of these 'in a hedge' sites the trees stop you from really judging what is going on and exactly what stone occupies which position. Where's my chainsaw?

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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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