Keem : Cross

Grid RefF 558 045
GPSF 055832 04478 (3m)
Longitude10° 11' 50.16" W
Latitude53° 58' 9.92" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDoagh (4.7 Km)
OS Sheets30, 22
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 31st May 2009

I came here looking for a standing stone and found the remains of a mass rock. The standing stone is no more, but this site is quite interesting: was the standing stone destroyed to make this? The monument consists of a square dry-stone platform that marks the location of a mass rock. Standing awkwardly in the centre is a very battered cross.

The location is the interesting bit. High above Keem Beach (one of the most picturesque spots in Ireland) there is a valley behind the Coastguard HQ. Where the HQ stands and the standing stone once stood is a small plateau with streams running down the hill on either side. The land is peat free here and so would have been an important grazing spot for residents. If I owned it I would certainly mark it with a stone to make my claim.

Keem beach is easy to reach now, even though the road to it is a scary one to drive along: it runs around the side of a mountain and has very steep drops down to the sea. However, before the road was tarmac'ed this spot would have been very secluded and an ideal location for a mass rock.

On the other side of the slopes to the west of the valley are the highest cliffs in Europe!

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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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