Clongeen : Standing Stone

Grid RefS 842 172
GPSS 84196 17153 (3m)
Longitude6° 45' 56.32" W
Latitude52° 17' 58.86" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTaghmon (8.2 Km)
OS Sheet77
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th December 2001

I got some very funny looks here while looking at this stone and so didn't feel like asking to get closer.

It seems to be about 1.5 m tall and square in section with a flat top.

The nearby stone at S 838 172 is hidden behind some houses on a tiny estate and does not seem visitable.

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Sunday, 24th February 2008

A long time ago I received an email from the farmer here to invite me to take a proper look at the stone, saying they were surprised that I was made to feel unwelcome when I was last here. I must say that it wasn't the people from the farm that were giving me odd looks, but the people driving by as I jumped up and down looking over the hedgerow. I was acting a bit on the odd side!

This time I was made very welcome and visiting the stone was easy. It is much larger than I believed it to be from a distance and stands nearly 2m tall. It is at least 1m in diameter and uneven in plan. All in all this is a nice standing stone. Its only drawback is its proximity to the farm buildings. The fact that it's survived at all does say a lot about the locals, though. If this stone was placed in the wilds it would be a great standing stone.

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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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