Turraloskin : Cross Pillar

Grid RefD 086 382
GPSD 08597 38181 (4m)
Longitude6° 17' 42.62" W
Latitude55° 10' 43.74" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownArmoy (5.6 Km)
OS Sheet5
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 16th March 2008

This 1.6m tall stone originally stood on the opposite side of the road near to a rath and souterrain, where there is now a quarry. It was moved here for safe keeping ... except someone seems to have forgotten about looking after it. The area is stands in is overgrown and shabby. To add insult to injury this beautiful stone stands inside a tacky ring of smaller stones - a setting that it doesn't need.

In total contrast to its current plight it was carefully and lovingly shaped into a most appealing shape by its creator. The front face has a large cross carved into it that is nearly as tall and wide as the stone.

This stone deserves better than this it should be signposted and the old weigh-bridge area next to the overgrown plot could be used as a car park for visitors.

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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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