'Turoe Stone' : Cult Stone

TownlandTuros Stone
Grid RefM 626 225
Longitude8° 33' 37.4" W
Latitude53° 15' 5.64" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGalway (32.9 Km)
OS Sheet46
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th June 2002

I have seen pictures of this stone for many years and have always wanted to see it - well, now I have and I wasn't disappointed!

One of the things that did surprise me however is that it now stands in the grounds of a Pet Farm and Leisure Park (access is still free though). Another thing that surprised me was its size. It is actually bigger that I thought it would be. Apparently, most people have the opposite shock according to the lady in the cafe here, they expect it to be bigger and go away disappointed.

The markings are still clearly visible and simply incredible, although the light wasn't perfect while I was there for fully appreciating them.

The stone is about 1.2m tall and oval in plan, perhaps 1m x 50cm. To give some idea of its shape, it resembles an egg in an egg cup. Using this analogy: The 'cup' part is plain with a band of key patterning running around it. The 'egg' is carved with beautiful scrolls and circles in the La Tene style.

This is one of Ireland's great treasures and I feel privileged to have seen it.

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Sunday, 21st September 2003

With such great light it seemed only natural to drive on to see the Turoe stone, unfortunately, once again, a visit to this stone was accompanied by rain. Oh well. Maybe my next stop off here will be third time lucky.

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On June 17th 2006 I was informed that the Turoe stone is currently closed. A small shed has been erected over it, while decisions are made about how best to preserve it. I will update this if I hear anything further.

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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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