Tombeagh : Standing Stone

CountyCarlow
Grid RefS 935 813
GPSS 93505 81324 (7m)
Longitude6° 36' 39.96" W
Latitude52° 52' 29.04" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKiltegan (3.3 Km)
OS Sheet62
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th October 2001

This stone seems to offer nothing in the way of 'magic' but so few do when they are so close to modern houses. It seems to be about 1.4m high (fairly standard for round here). The main thing is that it is still there and has not been removed by the farmer or when the house was built.

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Sunday, 8th April 2007

Has it really been five and a half years since I took a quick look at this stone? Wow! As I was passing I thought I would stop and take a good look. Not too long ago I saw some good pictures of it, so I knew it was worth stopping at again.

This is a very unusual standing stone . It sort of falls into the Carlow Grooved Stone group, but only just. It's more nobbly than grooved.

It stands a little over 1.5m tall and has a bulbous, globular top. There are many natural fissures in the top section. The west side of the stone seems to have been split off. 3m southof the stone there is a low rocky outcrop that measures about 3m x 1.5m x 40cm tall.

Standing stones, also called menhirs or monoliths, are the most simple of megalithic monuments. They are exactly what they say, a stone that stands with one end set into the ground. Being simple in form does not make them simple to understand, for they have served several purposes over time. Some were placed to mark burials, others were probably erected to mark boundaries or travel routes, the purpose of others is uncertain, but it may well have been ritual.

Standing stones can vary enormously in size from a under 1m tall to over 4m. Some have been purposely shaped (see Stone Of Destiny (County Meath)) and some must have been chosen purely for their shape (see Ballyvatheen (County Kilkenny)). Most standing stones are dated to be from the Bronze Age, but some are clearly older, especially those associated with passage tombs such as at Knowth (County Meath) and Loughcrew - Corstown (County Meath).

Others have been re-used in later times (see Kilnasaggart (County Armagh) and Breastagh (County Mayo)), perhaps to try and capture some of the powers of the old gods or to legitamise a claim to land.

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Directions

Take the R727 from Hacketstown and take the first right. When you reach a fork in the road the stone is on your left, in a field next to the house.

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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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