Clonkeen : Standing Stone

CountyOffaly
Grid RefN 602 231
Longitude7° 5' 52.48" W
Latitude53° 15' 17.5" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKildare (16.4 Km)
OS Sheet49
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 15th December 2001

The first thing you notice when you first see this stone its shape. It protrudes from the soil like a huge Hammer of Thor! It is really hard to say if this is its original shape or if the base has been worn away by having something tethered to it.

There are many natural features in this rock including a huge hole in the west facing side that goes upinside the rock about 30 cm.

I was (and still am) amazed by the presence that this magical stone exerted even from the edge of the field. This has become one of my favourite stones for no apparent reason other than its shape and feeling of being.

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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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