Coumeraglinmountain : Standing Stone

Grid RefS 279 054
GPSS 27942 05403 (5m)
Longitude7° 35' 28.62" W
Latitude52° 11' 59.35" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDungarvan (12.5 Km)
OS Sheets75, 82
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 14th July 2007

There are few sites as wonderful as this! It certainly made the 1.2km walk and 250m climb worthwhile. I tried not to think that we had another 200m to climb to reach the cairns we were heading for!

The stone is 2m tall and stands in a col or saddle between Seefin Mountain and Farbreaga Mountain. The views east and west are simply amazing. That to the west takes in the Knockmealdown mountains, while the planes of Waterford open out to the east. To the north Seefin towers upwards and, on the day of our visit, disappears into the cloud. To the south the mountain is a bit more gentle in its ascent.

Oddly the southern side of the stone has been whitewashed. Why not the north side?

50m south of the stone there is a large drystone enclosure. Who on earth built that up here!!!

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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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