Kilclooney : Standing Stone

Grid RefS 360 106
GPSS 32564 10617 (5m)
Longitude7° 31' 23.43" W
Latitude52° 14' 47.14" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCarrick-On-Suir (12.1 Km)
OS Sheet75
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 15th July 2007

This is a lovely stone in a lovely spot. It stands on an a flat area to the west of Croughan Hill, which dominates the site. The stone's section is rectangular, and the sides appear to have been worked almost flat. Its long axis is northeast to southwest, giving the flat sides the same alignment. There's definitely a case for checking out this stone at the Summer Solstice. The sun should rise over the north side of Croughaun Hill and align with the sides of the stone.

At a little over 2m tall and over 1m thick this is an impressive piece of stone. In the same field there are several patches of ground that are not cut. These are littered with large stone, several of which would make impressive standing stones themselves. Was this field the site of a small complex?

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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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