Sess Kilgreen : Standing Stone

Grid RefH 603 586
GPSH 60260 58606 (6m)
Longitude7° 4' 13.46" W
Latitude54° 28' 20.16" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownAughnacloy (9.1 Km)
OS Sheet19
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Sess Kilgreen - Passage Tomb
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th November 2004

The farmer told me a sad tale about how he'd been refused permission by which ever department dealt with Heritage in Northern Ireland 30 years ago to protect this stone. A sad tale because the markings that were clearly there 25 years ago are now all but gone. The clearest marking is a swastika on the back of the stone.

A small segment of two concentric rings survive near the top of the stone and a few cupmarks can be seen near the bottom, but these are badly eroded.

The stone was presumably taken from the nearby passage tomb - probably a roofstone - and placed somewhere near to where it now stands. It stood as an ornament in the garden of the nearby farmhouse in the 1950s, but was replaced in roughly the position it had been moved from.

The combination of acid rain and cattle rubbing has been the death of the beautiful carvings that once adorned this stone. Their loss is an immense one, because like those in the tomb some of the motifs are not to be found anywhere else in Ireland.

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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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