Colvinstown : Ogham Stone

CountyWicklow
Grid RefS 932 890
GPSS 93196 89043 (11m)
Longitude6° 36' 48.51" W
Latitude52° 56' 38.89" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKiltegan (4.4 Km)
OS Sheet62
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 18th November 2001

The rath took some finding as we approached it from Boleycarigeen stone circle and not from the track. Inside are the foundations of the dwellings that were once here. The OS map also shows an ogham stone inside the rath, but there was nothing to be seen. We did however find an alien piece of rock which may have been it some 200m from its place.

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Sunday, 30th January 2005

A couple of people have mailed me to let me know where to find this ogham stone, being as I failed so dismally the previous time I was here. Oddly I met one of them at the site today, which is most odd.

The stone is difficult to find even with good instructions as to its position, because the ogham inscription is very faint. It is built into one of the internal walls of the rath and stands about 1m tall. The markings are along one edge.

This is the first ogham stone I have seen with a vein of quartz running through it.

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Sunday, 8th October 2006

I tried to walk from Boleycarrigeen (County Wicklow) to the group of cairns on the peak to the west, but the weather was too bad. I gave up about 50 yards past this stone and decided to check if the inscription was clearer in the low ambient light caused by the dull mono-grey clouds. Not really, but with some flashery-pokery I managed to highlight what remains of the inscription quite well.

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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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