'The Pillar Stone' : Standing Stone

TownlandLough Gur
Grid RefR 634 408
Longitude8° 32' 21.17" W
Latitude52° 31' 2.76" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBruff (4.4 Km)
OS Sheet65
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th April 2002

This huge and very impressive stone stands 3.5m tall behind a farm building 350m NNE of Grange Lios stone circle. It is 1.5m broad and at least 1m deep. The west face appears to have been worked flat, almost concave while the rear is very rounded. Sadly it now leans to the east which does remove some of its dominating presence.

It stands to the east of an ancient sunken track way that runs north-south past it and the foundations of several hut sites and old field boundaries.

The cows in the field seemed to take exception to our presence and chased us out through the gate. What a lovely experience that was for our kids!

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From Bruff take the R512 north. 1km past the first crossroads you go through you will see a little car park on the right and a sign pointing to the Grange Lios circle. Walk to the rear of the circle, through the gate and then through the gap into the next field. On the far side you will see some farm buildings. The Pillar Stone is behind these.

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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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