Milltown : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefR 468 799
Longitude8° 47' 24.26" W
Latitude52° 52' 2.74" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTulla (2 Km)
OS Sheet58
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th January 2003

Coming straight here from Newgrove (County Clare) immediately made me compare the two, which is a fair comparison, but on reflection this is more similar to Dolmen of the Four Maols (County Mayo). It is in surprising good condition, being next to a road. The large, flat capstone is in place and amazing all four wall stones are in situ too, leaving just narrow gaps at the corners to see inside through. Entry inside is only possible for the very thin.

The landscape around here is very pretty. You are on a wide valley floor with hills rising up all around. A wonderful spot.

The large rock used to form the roof of a portal tomb or kist.

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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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