Drumgill Lower : Standing Stone

CountyMeath
Grid RefN 862 907
GPSN 86159 90660 (10m)
Longitude6° 41' 25.43" W
Latitude53° 51' 29.55" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDrumcondra (2.4 Km)
OS Sheet35
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Friday, 23rd March 2007

This is a mighty stone. It stands just off a farmyard now and occupies the top of a low, drumlin-like rise. The farmer seemed a little bit surprised when I asked if I could look at the stone, but he was happy enough to allow me to do so.

This monster is over 2.5m tall, over 1m thick and over 1.5m wide. It's big. Unfortunately, the nearby cow sheds and high trees stop anything being seen from here, which is a shame. I suspect the views would be quite good and I feel certain that there would be some sort of alignment fom here - it's such a significantly sized and sited stone. However, this is very flat land around these parts so the landscape feature could be many miles away.

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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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