Castletown : Standing Stone

Grid RefT 117 053
Longitude6° 21' 59.38" W
Latitude52° 11' 17.86" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownRosslare (9.5 Km)
OS Sheet77
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 29th October 2001

This is one massive mound and would have been quite a defensive position. There is still quite a lot of earthworks around its base.

Sunday, 9th December 2001

This is a strong stone with a vivid presence. It stand in the center of a field and is about 1.5m tall and about 70cm x 70cm in plan.

The farmer seems to get worryingly close to this stone with his tractor.

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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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