'Ballymote' : Standing Stone

Grid RefS 533 048
Longitude7° 13' 13.74" W
Latitude52° 11' 33.12" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTramore (5 Km)
OS Sheets75, 76
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 15th June 2003

Driving south from Gaulstown this stone, nearly 4m tall, dominates a false horizon created by the ridge it occupies. I parked the car and wondered up and down the road frantically trying to find a way into it. Eventually I found the gate just over the other side of the brow.

Walking across the field the stone just keeps getting bigger against a dramatically rocky hillside backdrop. All the time the shape becomes more familiar. I finally realised that this is for two reasons - 1) this stone is on the front cover of the Waterford Archaeological Inventory & 2) there is an element of Easter Island head about its profile.

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Saturday, 5th August 2006

I really wanted to stand by this great stone again, but it was not to be. The friendly sign to the stone has gone and electric fences now cross the field and even block the gate. All we could do was stand at the gate and look at the stone from there.

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From Tramore take the R682 north. At the third crossroads turn left and continue for 2.5km until you come to a right turn. Take this and you will see the stone on your right after about 500m.

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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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