Knockcorragh : Standing Stone

Grid RefR 965 036
GPSR 96469 03623 (6m)
Longitude8° 3' 5.87" W
Latitude52° 11' 4.26" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLismore (9.6 Km)
OS Sheet74
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 23rd June 2007

There are two standing stones marked on the OS map in this townland, but only one survives - the western one. There is a large stone at the bottom of the hill, leaning against a bank, which may be the other one.

This stone is rather pathetic really - just 80cm tall. Leaning. Not very exciting. However, and it's a big however, its location is amazing. Perched on the edge of a hilltop, the views are wonderful. This is not what makes this place so special, though. Just metres from the stone a ridge of rocky outcrop runs across the entire top of the hill from east to west. This is craggy on the south side and smooth on the north. The north face is curved, making this look like a fossilised wave, frozen as it progressed across the hill. I can't begin to imagine what geological processes formed this spectacal and I'm sure our ancestors must have thought it a very special and creepy place.

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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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