Ballyquin : Portal Tomb

Grid RefS 412 180
GPSS 41178 17989 (7m)
Longitude7° 23' 46.14" W
Latitude52° 18' 43.57" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCarrick-On-Suir (4.2 Km)
OS Sheet75
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Ballyquin - Standing Stone
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 15th June 2003

Like Whitestown East (County Waterford), this tomb consists of just a 4m long capstone one end of which rests on the ground and the other raised up on two unmatched portal stones. Unusually these two stones are set so as to form a flat frontage with a small doorway slightly off centre.

The monument stands in a boggy field in between a stream and the base of a west facing slope - a very similar position to Whitestown East. 200m a spring emerges beneath a tree.

The lovely piece of stone used for the capstone is a pebble encrusted mud stone.

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Sunday, 28th January 2007

I do love this odd little tomb. The sound of the stream at the bottom of the field is so relaxing. You a need relaxing ambience here, because crossing the 30m stretch of very boggy field just inside the gate is quite unnerving.

The weeds and brambles that blighted this monument on my last visit have been cleared up and it looks so much better for it. A big 'Thank You!' to whoever did that.

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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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