Ballyquin : Ogham Stone

Grid RefS 421 188
GPSS 42136 18760 (5m)
Longitude7° 22' 55.22" W
Latitude52° 19' 8.26" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCarrick-On-Suir (3.8 Km)
OS Sheet75
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 15th June 2003

Hey this is big! From all the pictures of this stone that I've ever seen none of them have ever shown its size well. Quite ironically I didn't take such a picture either. This is because I got talking to a local couple who were out visiting some sites too. It's always a pleasure to meet people, though.

The stone now resides just inside the field next to the gate post. It originally stood on the highest part of the field about 200m away. At least it didn't end up in a ditch!

It is of the local pebble encrusted mudstone, which must have been a real pain to carve the inscription into. The inscription is a very odd one which reads CATABAR MOCO BIRIQORB - 'Battle-head tribesman of Chariot-man' .... whatever that means!

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Sunday, 28th January 2007

It would be lovely to know exactly where this stone originally stood so that you could assess the views towards the Comeragh Mountains to the west.

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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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