'The Stone Of The Tree' : Standing Stone

TownlandLough Gur
CountyLimerick
Grid RefR 633 404
Longitude8° 32' 26.32" W
Latitude52° 30' 49.79" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBruff (4 Km)
OS Sheet65
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Grange Lios - Lough Gur - Stone Circle
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th April 2002

This peculiar stone would not seem worth a second look if it were not for the mythic associations it has. It derives its name, Cloch a Bhile, from its role as a representation of the supernatural tree that is said to grow in the bottom of the Lough a possible representation of the Life Tree or Yggdrasil.

Its eroded form, covered in strange mosses, does resemble a trunkless tree squatting in amongst the brambles and it easy to see where the association may come from or is the association seen because it is in your mind when you see it? Im not sure.

The stone is just visible over the hedge 100m to the south of Grange Lios circle and accessible via a gate in the same field boundary.

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Directions

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. As you enter the field look to your right and you will see a gate into the next field. Go through this gate and the stone is just to your left.

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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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