Magh Adhair : Standing Stone

Grid RefR 443 770
Longitude8° 49' 36.12" W
Latitude52° 50' 28.02" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTulla (5.4 Km)
OS Sheet58
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Magh Adhair - Artificial Mound
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th January 2003

In the next field to the inauguration mound stands a stone. This is a tall, squarish stone and was once one of a pair. It is said to have played a part in the inaugral cermonies of the Kings here.

Embedded in the stone is a reddish block of stone. A depression in the top holds water. The King is said to have washed here before or during the ceremony, using the red stone as a soap.

On my visit access to this stone was no possible, due to the fast flow of th e stream and it being too cold for me to look for other ways to get to it, but I'll be back.

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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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