Lisnahay South : Court Tomb

Grid RefD 341 108
GPSD 34102 10828 (3m)
Longitude5° 54' 28.43" W
Latitude54° 55' 37.21" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallygalley (4.4 Km)
OS Sheet9
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 27th January 2008

When I finally reached this site I wasn't at all surprised that I didn't know of anyone who'd visited it. It is only a 75m walk, but it's an uphill walk that's quite punishing. The track to the site reaches a plateau and you think you're nearly there, then you realise you have to go up the next hill to reach the site.

The court is in good condition and is unusually V-shaped, rather than semi-circular. A handful of the façade stones are present at the north end of the cairn, as are a handful of kerb stones. The entrance to the short remains of the gallery is between two nice jambs that have a low sill stone between them. The gallery is represented by just the first chamber, which has been dug into. To one side of the chamber lies a large roofstone, presumably lying where it was thrown off the chamber.

A few metres behind the chamber there are two subsidiary chambers that come into the cairn at right angles to the tomb's axis. The east one has no backstone, while the west one is seemingly complete.

This is not a site to visit in the summer. It would be next to impossible to find it when the bracken is tall.

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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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