'Monkey's Bridge' : Stone Pair

Grid RefW 482 889
GPSW 48153 88919 (3m)
Longitude8° 45' 21.06" W
Latitude52° 2' 59.8" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMallow (12 Km)
OS Sheet80
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 1st February 2009

Since Julian Cope featured this site in The Megalithic European this site has incorrectly become known to some as Monkey's Bridge. He wrongly took the nearest text on the OS map as its name. I've perpetuated this error just to ease internet searches and hits.

The site of these two stones is most unusual. The are on a fairly steep, east-facing slope overlooking a relatively deep gorge with a fast-flowing stream at its bottom.

The northern stone is a tall slender chap over 3m tall, while the other is a slightly shorter slab-like stone. This could put them into the male/female category of stone pairs, but one gets the impression that this is actually the remains of a stone row.

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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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