Lissyvigeen : Stone Circle

Grid RefV 997 906
GPSV 99725 90568 (15m)
Longitude9° 27' 43.74" W
Latitude52° 3' 29.23" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKillarney (3 Km)
OS Sheet78
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 10th August 2002

The first thing to mention here is that Lissyvigeen is closed to the public due to mistreatment. I sought permission from the farmer to gain access. The circle, quite irresponsibly (I feel), appears in a newly published (but otherwise good) guide to Irish sites called "Sacred Ireland".

As you approach you are welcomed by two large outlying stones measuring over 3m tall and 1.5m across. These form a gateway which leads you into a 15m diameter, 1m high, henge situated in a beautiful wooded glade. Within this henge, not quite centrally placed, is the most delicate little circle I have seen. There are 7 stones forming a 4m circle with a small rock placed at the centre.

The stones reach a maximum of just 1.2m. I suppose it is the hugely contrasting size of the outliers that add to its 'petite-ness'.

Please respect the closure of this fragile site.

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Sunday, 25th September 2005

Quite sometime ago someone posted a disturbing image on the Modern Antiquarian website of some devasting looking field clearance in the area of this beautiful circle. As I was in the area I had to come and check the site out. Thankfully there is no sign of the site being in any danger. One thing of concern though is that there is a planning application in place to demolish the old farm building nearby and build a new house. These buildings are out of sight of the stones, but what will this mean for access maybe be a bit trickier (by the way there isn't supposed to be any access to here anyway - idiots keep doing silly things here like lighting fires in the middle of the circle!)

This visit also gave me a little time to check out the alignment of the circle's axis. The central axis passes between the two outlying stones and points towards Torc Mountain and Mangerton Mountain, which are SSW of the site.

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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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