Donard : Ogham Stone

Grid RefS 931 977
Longitude6° 36' 44.68" W
Latitude53° 1' 18.93" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDonard (0 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 16th March 2002

I'm really not sure about this stone. I want to believe, I really do.

The reason I hope this (unmarked) stone is genuine is because it is the focal point of the little village of Donard AND it is right next to a Catholic shrine.

I really hope that there is a continuence of site usage here. Lovely, square sectioned stone too about 1.4m tall with a slight lean.

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Sunday, 12th May 2002

I had to go back and check out this stone to see how good or poor the ogham actually is .... it's poor. On the north face, running down the left hand corner there are faint traces of the script.

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Marked Sites


This stone now stands in the center of Donard. When entering the town from the N81 head right at the post office/general store and you will see the stone on the right after about 100m.


This is the ogham stone that is marked on the OS maps as being elsewhere in the village. I am told that it has been moved several times. Apparently the ogham inscripition is on the opposite side to the one viewed and very feint. Noon sun is recommended to see it. Thanks to Jim Dempsey for pointing this out to me.

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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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