'Abbeyquarter North' : Passage Tomb

Grid RefG 700 357
Longitude8° 27' 37.83" W
Latitude54° 16' 8.98" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownSligo (0.9 Km)
OS Sheets16, 25
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 3rd May 2003

What an incredible place to finish the day! What is this? What's going on here?

Nestled in an aging housing estate there is a roundabout. The roundabout has been there for much longer than the houses - about 5000 years longer in fact! this is because it is actually the remains of a passage tomb. These remains now just consist of the kerb, which is 12m in diameter and incomplete.

The local residents have proudly (and perversely) erected a white marble crucifix and two attendant figures in the centre of the tomb, making this possibly the most bizarre site in Ireland.

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Human bones were found here alongside two stones in the centre of the site. The Calvary scene was added in the 1950s.

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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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