'Mayo 1' : Standing Stone

Grid RefJ 160 266
Longitude6° 13' 23.97" W
Latitude54° 10' 30.63" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMayobridge (0.8 Km)
OS Sheet29
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 23rd February 2003

This wonderful 3.2m stone only has one draw back and that is its proximity to a farm yard. Remove that (and the bungalow) and this stone would rank amongst the finest.

It has a slight shoulder just over half way up, a feature common to the large stones in county Down, such as Barnmeen (County Down) and Tamnaharry (County Down). One face is almost vertical, seemingly smoothed, but with enough lumps and bumps to suggest that it may be a naturally formed face, which along with the shoulder would have been the reason for its selection in the first place.

The base is significantly thicker than the top half giving it a very phallic look from certain angles.

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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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