Castlestrange : Cult Stone

Grid RefM 820 597
Longitude8° 16' 18.6" W
Latitude53° 35' 12.67" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownRoscommon (6.8 Km)
OS Sheet40
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th July 2002

I am in love! This stone is simply wonderful. The intricacy of the carvings is exquisite. The Castlestrange stone belongs to a set of three stones that are known as the La Tene stones (this one is sign posted from the road as such). The most famous of these is the Turoe Stone, and the third is housed in the National Museum in Dublin, but for me this little beauty is the best one.

Unlike the Turoe stone this one is incised, rather than being carved in relief. Only on one side of the top are the markings worn down enough to stop you seeing them.

The glorious weather during my visit (allowing me to sit next to the stone and bask) obviously helped it make a good impression on me, but I really feel that it would have managed that under far worse conditions.

The swirls and arcs that adorn the stone are almost hypnotic, shamanic even. I stayed here for up to an hour experiencing the stone and its many details.

This is another one of those things that I will say the following about: This is a must see item! It's fairly small, but its diminutive size is over powered by its beauty.

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Sunday, 21st September 2003

Today seems to be turning into quite a Bronze age day. After the Bronze age trackway, we found ourselves at Castlestrange. The light was bright but overcast - perfect weather for seeing the detail on carved stones.

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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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