Cahermackirilla : Stone Fort

Grid RefR 256 976
GPSR 25646 97582 (3m)
Longitude9° 6' 29.63" W
Latitude53° 1' 25.67" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKilfenora (8.1 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Wednesday, 17th March 2010

The ruins of this cashel or stone fort occupy one of the highest spots on this particular hilltop. The walls are only good on the west and north sides, standing to well over 4m in places. The south and east walls have disappeared and have been replaced by a thin burren-style dry stone wall.

The central area is raised at least 1.5m above the surrounding fields. Against the inside of the west wall there are the remains of two buildings, the wall of which stand up to 2m tall in one place.

In the fields immediately to the west and east of the main structure there are a lot of smaller remains, indicating that there was quite an impressive little settlement around the cashel.

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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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