Creevagh : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefR 273 958
GPSR 27252 95751 (5m)
Longitude9° 5' 1.99" W
Latitude53° 0' 27.24" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCorrofin (7.2 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 26th October 2002

I was thoroughly soaked by the time I drove past this tomb and I considered driving past to come back on Sunday, but then I thought that I was so wet it hardly mattered and stopped. So did the rain, well almost.

This nice little sepulchre provides either mysteries or clues about the construction of these amazing structures. At its heart is a typical Burren wedge with single slab walls, a single roof slab and a split stone entrance. However, standing to one side is an upright slab 80cm wide and 1.6m tall (40cm taller than the gallery ) and in front of the entrance is a taller stone and what appears to be a little forecourt or antechamber. There are also some other broken slabs along the sides. Do these hint at how all the tombs were constructed or is this a one off special?

Oh! it's started to rain again. Now, this one is good for sheltering in!

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Sunday, 6th June 2004

It's very hard not to pop in here if you're driving past and you know what's just over the wall. Quite a few cars stopped off here while we were around, which is great to see.

Uta hadn't seen the tomb yet (being a Burren virgin until today) so there was a great excuse to come and get a GPS reading and take some more photos. Last time I was here it was raining, so this was a welcome opportunity.

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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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