Killcullen South : Ogham Stone

Grid RefW 453 813
Longitude8° 47' 46.39" W
Latitude51° 58' 52.31" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCrookstown (15.8 Km)
OS Sheet80
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 12th April 2003

These two stones, only one of which now bears signs of an ogham inscription, occupy a position on the top of a low ridge. The remaining ogham is unreadable.

Both stones are very equal in size and stand about 1.5m tall.

Ogham or Ogam writing is an early script based around the Latin alphabet. The characters used to depict letters are formed by one to five stroke either above, below or through a baseline. When written down this line is horizontal, but when carved on to an ogham stone it is usually one of the vertical edges that is used for this purpose.

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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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