'Lough Gur P' : Stone Circle

Grid RefR 654 412
GPSR 65381 41215 (2m)
Longitude8° 30' 36.27" W
Latitude52° 31' 16.65" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBruff (5.5 Km)
OS Sheet65
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th July 2009

Nothing can really prepare you for a visit to this enigmatic site: it really doesn't photograph all that well because of all the scrubby trees that are growing on and inside it. However, this monument should be the jewel in Lough Gur's crown, not Grange Lios (County Limerick)! The two sites are quite similar and the other is much larger, but this has much more interesting features.

The banks of this monument are faced on both sides with large stones, although they are not very visible on the south side. There is a central structure within the enclosure that looks like a small stone circle, but could be a hut site.

Sadly a set of field fences divide the monument up, so that you cannot walk around the inside freely. The banks have been planted with thorn trees and the inner circle is full of small trees. There are two apparent entrances into the inner area - one on the south and one to the north.

On the day of our visit there was a big red bull in the one field. He stood up and menacingly took a couple of steps towards us at one point, but I think he thought better of running at a group of us. If one of us had been there alone he might have taken more steps, so be very careful if you come 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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