Ballybeen : Standing Stone

Grid RefJ 426 731
GPSJ 42618 73101
Longitude5° 47' 37.14" W
Latitude54° 35' 9.45" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDundonald (0.4 Km)
OS Sheets15, 21
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 12th February 2006

You never know what to expect when you visit an urban monument. Will you get strange looks and not get out of the car? Will the stone be covered in spray paint? Here I found none of this.

The locals either don't think anything about having this good looking stone in their green and so ignore it or they really care about it and look after it.

The stone is about 1.6m tall and 50cm broad.

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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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