|Carrigeen - Fulacht Fia|
I don't think I've ever visited such an unusually sited standing stone. I think this is a ture example of an ancient track marker as it stands alongside the route over the Monavullagh mountains known as The Gap.
This 2m tall stone is on a northwest facing slope at the head of northwest facing valley formed by the River Nuir. Just below the stone there is a huge fulacht fia (see sub-site) that was possibly used regularly before crossing the mountains through The Gap.
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.