Rathmaiden : Stone Row or Alignment

CountyWaterford
Grid RefS 384 091
GPSS 38413 09135 (10m)
Longitude7° 26' 15.73" W
Latitude52° 13' 57.83" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCarrick-On-Suir (13 Km)
OS Sheet75
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th June 2007

The Ordnance Survey map has a single standing stone marked near to the road. This is wrong on two counts - it's actually a six-stone stone row and it's nowhere near the road.

Four of the six stones are still upright. The other two lie in line with the rows axis. They are a little hard to see when you approach, because they are on the far side of a field hedge. This was obviously constructed to respect the line of the row, but thankfully it wasn't built so that it incorporated the row. Oddly, one stone is not on the main axis, but is offset by 1.5m or so. The tallest stone is around 1.8m tall, but the others aren't much smaller.

The alignment is southeast-northwest and points towards Crohaun Mountain. It does not point to the highest point though, but to somewhere down its southern slope.

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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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