Rusheen West : Ogham Stone

Grid RefM 557 943
GPSM 55682 94283 (3m)
Longitude8° 40' 27.19" W
Latitude53° 53' 45.66" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallaghaderreen (6.3 Km)
OS Sheet32
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Rusheen West - Holy Well
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th July 2003

Beware! This nice stone is not where the map says it is. The map marks a little pool 200m up the track, presumably the holy well, but the ogham stone is much nearer the road, just behind the abandoned farmhouse.

The stone is square in section and about 1.3m tall, but it stands on a rock outcrop, which makes it appear taller. The ogham inscription runs down the SW edge and is in good condition. Someone has places a little quartz pebble on the top of it.

A stone (usually erect) with Ogham script carved on it. They are usually monuments dating from the Iron Age with the inscription being a dedication to somebody, probably a memorial. They often simply state a persons name and pedigree in the form of Fred Son Of Roger Son Of Herbert.

Quite often these are re-used Bronze Age (or earlier) standing stones. As they are often associated with ecclesiastical sites and that the writing seems to be dated from the period starting around 300 CE, many think that it was in fact brought to Ireland by the first Christian missionaries, while other still refer to it as the writing of Druids.

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Sunday, 13th September 2009

The field around this stone seemed a little better kept than on my previous visit. Perhaps the great light on this glorious day helped make the site a little less bleak.

The holy well is not 200m away, but right next to the stone. The quartz pebble I commented on last time has gone.

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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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