'Patrickstown Hill' : Standing Stone

TownlandPatrickstown
CountyMeath
Grid RefN 603 781
GPSN 60286 78131 (7m)
Longitude7° 5' 9.77" W
Latitude53° 44' 57.45" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownOldcastle (5.5 Km)
OS Sheet42
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Loughcrew - Patrickstown - Patrickstown - Passage Tomb Cemetery
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 12th November 2006

This standing stone is just 10m from the track that leads up Patrickstown Hill from the small car park to the east of the hill. It stands 2m high in a small clearing. It is 50cm wide and 15cm thick. Sadly it leans slightly, but hopefully it will remain standing for quite some time yet.

It is possible that this stone marked the eastern limit of the sacred ground of the loughcrew cemetery.

It's quite amazing that this stone survived the plundering of Patrickstown Hill for building material in the early 1800s, because its slim form would have made an excellent gate post.

Standing stones, also called menhirs or monoliths, are the most simple of megalithic monuments. They are exactly what they say, a stone that stands with one end set into the ground. Being simple in form does not make them simple to understand, for they have served several purposes over time. Some were placed to mark burials, others were probably erected to mark boundaries or travel routes, the purpose of others is uncertain, but it may well have been ritual.

Standing stones can vary enormously in size from a under 1m tall to over 4m. Some have been purposely shaped (see Stone Of Destiny (County Meath)) and some must have been chosen purely for their shape (see Ballyvatheen (County Kilkenny)). Most standing stones are dated to be from the Bronze Age, but some are clearly older, especially those associated with passage tombs such as at Knowth (County Meath) and Loughcrew - Corstown (County Meath).

Others have been re-used in later times (see Kilnasaggart (County Armagh) and Breastagh (County Mayo)), perhaps to try and capture some of the powers of the old gods or to legitamise a claim to land.

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Directions

Patrickstown Hill can be reached in two ways. You can park at the main Loughcrew parking site, climb Carnbane East where cairn T is and then wander over to Patrickstown Hill, or you can park on the east side of the hill and follow the track that starts opposite the small car park there (N 603 782). To find this car park follow the N154 south from Oldcastle towards Kells. The car park is about 7km from Oldcastle on the left. This stone is just 100m along the track on teh right.

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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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