Whitechurch : Stone Row or Alignment

CountyWexford
Grid RefS 711 189
GPSS 71144 18881 (4m)
Longitude6° 57' 23.73" W
Latitude52° 19' 1.4" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownNew Ross (8.8 Km)
OS Sheet76
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th December 2001

I was enchanted by these stones, but alignments (especially of three) always affect me. As is quite typical they step down in size with the largest being about 1.1 m tall and the smallest about 70 cm. The larger stone has started to lean.

There is a perfect alignment with the top of nearby Slievecoiltia (Sliabh Coltair) Mountain. The field has a pretty viscious barbed wire fence behind its hedgerow so be careful.

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Sunday, 24th February 2008

On my first visit here I couldn't see a way into the field and I thought the stones looked quite small seem from the road through the hedge. I was wrong!

The tallest stone is nearly 2m tall and the lowest is over 1m. The alignment is roughly northeast-southwest with the taller stone at the southern end. All three stones are granite with flecks of quartz. This is one of the finest stone rows I've stood next to. I suppose my surprise at the size of the tallest stone may have something to do with that, but I don't think it's a large factor. This really is a great monument and should be signposted etc.

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Like this monument

Marked Sites

Directions

From New Ross take the R733 south ensuring that you do not continue onto the R734. Later, when the road takes a sharp right take the first right. Follow the road until just after the second left hand turn . The stone row is in the field to the right 50m after this bend.

Random Gazetteer

A Selection of Other Stone Rows or Alignments

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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