Baltracey : Standing Stone

Grid RefN 932 182
Longitude6° 36' 17.9" W
Latitude53° 12' 21.88" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKill (4.7 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 11th November 2001

This stone must have quite some history. It is a tall (3.5m) example like those at Punchestown 1 & 2, but it has been transformed into a crude cross at some point.

I had some problem finding this stone but a couple at a nearby house were very helpful in showing me which field it was in. The treck across the very muddy fields was well worth it.

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From the centre of Blessington take the R410 towards Naas.Drive through Eadestown and 2.5 km further on turn right at Beggar's End Cross Roads. After about 900m you will come to a new bungalow on the left and a field gate opposite. The stone is through the gate and round a hedge.

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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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