Tooreen : Stone Circle

Grid RefS 249 117
GPSS 24884 11679 (7m)
Longitude7° 38' 7.98" W
Latitude52° 15' 22.94" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownClonmel (12.1 Km)
OS Sheet75
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 31st March 2002

This site is surprisingly easy to find and when I found it I was astonished as to why it is not really mentioned on the internet anywhere. There is a trail, nicely marked out around the Tooreen woods that takes you from the circle, to the stone row and back down past the barrow.

The circle is similar to the nearby Coumaraglin circles in size and design, except this one has a possible outlier to the east. It measures just 4m across and has several stones missing. Like the other two it seems to have paired stones that rise in height.

Unfortuantely it is right on the edge of a plantation that obscures the views into the valley below, but if you walk down the track a little way you can see how great they would have been.

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Saturday, 7th July 2007

In stark contrast to my visit in 2002 the stones of the circle were totally hidden by tall, green bracken today. After some stomping I was able to reveal the stones and take some nice photos.

Someone had been at the site quite recently. In the centre of the circle some muppet had built a fire: a small circle of stones with a pile of ashes in the middle. Scattered around the makeshift hearth were a few 'offerings' and on top of the ashes and charred remains of the fire there was a red candle. Of course, I removed much of the rubbish.

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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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