'Commons' : Court Tomb

TownlandFenagh
CountyLeitrim
Grid RefH 106 075
Longitude7° 50' 17.79" W
Latitude54° 0' 59.6" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallinamore (4.7 Km)
OS Sheets27A, 33
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 13th October 2002

Situated in a field, just 40m from the road, opposite the modern church to the south of Fenagh itself is this very intriguing monument. Beutifully situated on a small drumlin the 7m long gallery asks more questions that it provides answers.

I must admit that when I first saw it I thought it was a court tomb, the rear of the gallery appearing to taper in a boat-like fashion and the portico appearing much wider than the entrance to the three chambers of the gallery. I say three chambers, but it may be just two chambers separated by a gap or a missing chamber.

At the time of this visit the site was not totally overgrown, but enough to obscure some of the stones making ity a little harder to work it out.

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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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