Poulaphuca : Wedge Tomb

CountyClare
Grid RefM 264 017
Longitude9° 5' 52.56" W
Latitude53° 3' 39.24" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallyvaghan (7 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Poulaphuca - Chambered Cairn
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 26th October 2002

Ok. You either need a four wheel drive (preferably amphibious) or no brains to drive up to this tomb. Guess which catagory I must fall into! The track up to this one is diabolical. I definitely drove through more water than over gravel. But the journey is well worth the effort when you reach here.

The monument is a very simple box style, 2m long by 1.3m square at the front. The west end slab is missing, but the east one has a corner chipped away. Was this part of the original design or is it damage caused by someone trying to get inside? The answer could be either, because several other local tombs have a similar feature.

Through the rain I could see that the views from here are quite amazing and I will return on my next sunny day in Clare (if such a thing exists) and take them in properly. One word of advice - approach this tomb from the east, then turn the car around and go back down the same way. DO NOT under any circumstances continue along the track to the west, especially if it is bucketing it down with rain. You may never make it - I think I was lucky.

Anyway, I think there's a local pub somewhere with my name on a seat at the bar. Time to go and find it.

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Wednesday, 17th March 2010

I haven't been here for over 7 years, so it was great to be back again. The views from this site are great, but they are restricted somewhat by nearby landscape features. At least this time it wasn't raining!

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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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