This stone is very distinctive due to both its size and shape. It stands some 3m tall and is around 1.5m in diameter, making it quite a giant.
The most interesting thing is the 'shoulder' that is about 30cm deep and starts approximately half way up its height.
The OS map actually marks in a little further into the field than where it actually stands but I am not sure if it's been moved or the OS ref recorded for it is wrong.
A beautiful stone that seems to fight off the ugliness of the fence behind it quite successfully.
From Rathfriland head briefly west along the B3, but at the sharp right bend carry straight on. At the next junction go left and after about 1km keep peering through the hedge to the left and you will see the stone. Access to the field is about 100m before the stone.
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.