Greenhill : Ogham Stone

Grid RefW 584 919
Longitude8° 36' 24.61" W
Latitude52° 4' 39.36" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMallow (7.4 Km)
OS Sheet80
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 12th April 2003

There are actually two ogham stones here. The first one you come to is next to the field wall and is broken off about half way up its length. It now stands about 1.4m tall and the remaining inscription reads - CATTUBUTTAS MAQ ...

The second stone is on the other side of the field wall, but is free standing. It's a huge 3.2m tall with a clear ogham inscription on it, which reads TRENU MAQI MUCOI QRITTI (Trenu descendent of Qritti). This is accessed via a kissing gate 10m from the first stone.

Access is fairly easy - via two gates from the road and walking across two fields. Both stones were set in cattle grids for protection some time ago. An excavatin undertaken at the time found nothing.

A boulder or standing stone set outside a stone circle, quite often at a compass point or on a significant cosmic alignment (see Ballynoe (County Down)).

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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.

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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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