This piece of rock art isn't supposed to be here. Well, it is because this is where it belongs. However, the Carlow Inventory says that the stone was removed to the National Museum of Ireland, which is why I've never bothered coming to see it until now.
The stone is around 1m x 40cm and is decorated on its upper surface. At one end is a collection of cup-marks. The other end has a beautiful cup and ring design with lines radiating from its outer edge. This is very similar to the design at one end of the large carved stone at Drummin (County Wicklow).
The views are all to the south and southeast as the stone is on a slope facing in that direction. It is located next to the junction of several fields next to a well-worn track between two of them.
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.