Knockboy : Ogham Stone

Grid RefS 216 048
GPSS 21592 04775 (5m)
Longitude7° 41' 3.13" W
Latitude52° 11' 40.06" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCappoquin (12.3 Km)
OS Sheets75, 82
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 31st March 2002

These ogham stones are actually in the ruined church at Knockboy, but that doesn't make them easy to spot. It was made worse by the fact that I had never read anything about the site.

I wandered around the church yard expecting to see tham standing out there somewhere, but having no luck entered into the crumbling church ruins (signs warn of falling masonary).

I saw on straight away standing in the corner, painted white - a small oddly shaped stone and full of character. Then I searched for the others and did not see them until I started looking at the church itself.

To my utter surprise the ogham stones are actually used as lintels, two over the west windows and one over a side window. It was like one big Easter Day ogham stone hunt ... beats hunt the egg I think.

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Saturday, 14th July 2007

Derek had never been to any Waterford sites - he's concentrated on seeing a lot of Tiperary and Limerick monuments - so I thought a trip to see this ogham-stone-encrusted church ruin would be a nice start to the day. It's been over 5 years since I first visited the site, too, and I wanted to come back.

The loose ogham stone that sttod outside the church has gone. Hopefully, the OPW have taken it away to be stored safely. I hope some moron hasn't nicked it.

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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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