Clogher : Portal Tomb

CountyClare
Grid RefR 546 800
Longitude8° 40' 27.33" W
Latitude52° 52' 8.55" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTulla (5.8 Km)
OS Sheet58
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th January 2003

This is one of the few portal tombs in Clare and sadly it has collapsed. Mind you, from the size of the capstone I am not surprised!

The tomb sits, unprotected, in a small wooded area very near to the road. This wooded area is used for cattle which have turned it into a quagmire.

I imagine that this would have stood over 3m tall in its prime. Such a shame to see it lying flat.

Two stones place either side of a gallery, opposite each other, but not touching so as to leave a gap, that are used to segment it into smaller chambers.

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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