Rathgeran : Standing Stone

Grid RefS 802 473
Longitude6° 49' 1.13" W
Latitude52° 34' 16.21" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKiltealy (4.9 Km)
OS Sheet68
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Friday, 29th March 2002

I had a strange conversation with the farmer here and I'm still not realy sure what was said. I truly thought that I'd got used to the Irish accent, but this old boy really threw me.

The stone is located about 60m from the road and for some reason, despite talking to the farmer I did not actually go up to it. Perhaps, I just wanted to escape or something.

It appears to be 1.5m or so tall. The pictures I took are very hazy due to the sunshine but the stone appears to have a large deep groove down on side.

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From Boris take the R729 and then the R702 south east. Turn right two junctions after the R703 turn off and continue for 1.5km and turn left at the fork. Carry on for another 1.3km and the stone is on you right.

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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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