Thanks to Chris Corlett of Duchas for informing me of this stone. Apparently, he's only known of it for a short while and he was concerned that it is in danger from a impending housing development.
The stone is 1m or so tall and about 25cm x 25cm in plan, but of an irregular profile. It is in sone doubt as to whether it is a genuine standing stone, but after seeing it I am certain that it is. It shows definite signs of being roughly worked and has the characteristic scalloping so common across the north of the Wicklow mountains.
Just 20m to the north west of the stone is a large lump of granite bed rock that protrudes from the field. This has been quarried at some point and is covered in bright orange and green graffitti. What interested me was that it is chock full of quartz on it's eastern face, and thsi was a definite clincher for the stone being a genuine standing stone and not an old gatepost.
This really was just a quick visit to break the monotony of the day and to take a GPS reading. My walk here and back was punctuated by short sqawling showers, which thankfully didn't occur while I was actually at the stone.
I took a little time today to look at all the rocky outcrops in the field just in case one of them showed signed of rock art or similar, but unsurprisingly they don't.
What did grab my attention was the view of Three Rocks Mountain (County Dublin) to the south - the mountain dominating the vista ... well, if it weren't for the houses that are just 50m from the stone it would do so.
Just a very quick stop to see how much snow was here. Not a lot really, but some is better than none.
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Take the Brewery Road exit from the N11 and turn down the side street next to the Leopardstown Inn. Turn left and left again, carrying on to the end of the cul-de-sac. There is a stile in the wall, which will take you on to the playing field. The standing stone is to the right.
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.