Carrigeen : Stone Row or Alignment

Grid RefR 777 762
Longitude8° 19' 51.38" W
Latitude52° 50' 10.84" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallina (7.7 Km)
OS Sheet59
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th November 2002

The sight of this stone row from the start of the farm track is very, very dramatic, and you simply have to get to it. Could it really be as good as it looks? Oh yes it could! Yes indeedy!

The three massive stones stand in their own quagmire of mud and .. well other stuff .. which makes standing by them rather unpleasant, except that standing next to them is great, because their presence is quite incredible. The central stone is the tallest at around 1.7m tall and the other two are not a lot shorter. Each stone is extremely wide based, making the row around 6m long.

The cows here were very threatening in their behaviour, but kept their distance. What did they think I was about to do - run off with their scratching posts?

Alignments or stone rows are groups of standing stones set in straight line. They can occur in any size group from two (usually refered to as a stone pair - see Boherboy (County Dublin)) to ten or more, although anything over four is exceptional (see Castlelanaght (County Cork)).

The function of these is a bit of a mystery, although many do seem to have significant astrological or geographical properties.

The stones making stone pairs often appear to be totally different in shape from each other, often hinting at a male and female partnership.

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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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