On the way from Baltinglass to Boleycarrigeen (County Wicklow) I have passed the sign to Kilranelagh graveyard many times, but have never headed up there until today. The reason for this little trip was because I read of two standing stones in the graveyard.
The graves are very overgrown and in one corner there is a lovely pagan burial, lovely to see! I hunted around and eventually found the two stones in question. I doubt that there are actually standing stones, but would appear to be the entrance to a tomb or something.
They are slabs around 1.3m tall and stand with flat faces towards each other. There is another slab, standing on edge between them, giving the impression of an entrance.
It was traditional to carry coffins between these stones before burial. This, to me, indicates that it was a folk memory of the stones coming from a tomb and if not then it is almost crtainly a faint echo of an ancient rebirth ceremony.
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.