Cloghchurnel : Stone Circle

Grid RefN 349 836
GPSN 34899 83576 (5m)
Longitude7° 28' 13.01" W
Latitude53° 48' 1.92" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGranard (3.1 Km)
OS Sheet34
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 4th May 2002

This was a very impromptu stop and a good decision. The circle itself is some 25m wide and consists of at least 25 stones that still remain. As the road cuts through it on one side I am not sure how many would have been here originally, also there seems some confusion as to its design, there are many stones that stand in pairs or threes and many single ones. This, to me, indicates that there was probably a continuous line of stones here - perhaps this is a kerb and not a circle.

There is not much atmosphere here due to the proximity of the road and the presence of ghastly farm buildings, but its scale and 'not bothered with' factor make it worth a visit. Add to that the fact that it is just 1.5km from a town centre and it's amazing that it stand at all.

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Sunday, 18th September 2005

I did enjoy this place on my first visit, so I thought I'd stop by as I was only a mile or so down the road. On this visit there was very little direct sunlight and the stones seemed to take on a different, somehow less jolly character. The way stones change in different lights and weather conditions always fascinates me.

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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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