'Maughanaclea NE' : Stone Circle

Grid RefW 104 564
Longitude9° 17' 51.57" W
Latitude51° 45' 10.5" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDrimoleague (10.7 Km)
OS Sheet85
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th April 2003

This multiple stone circle is fairly ruined, but it is still worth a visit. One of its attractions is its ease of access, which is through a farm yard and 30m across a field.

You approach from the southwest and so come to the long, low axial stone first. Just beyond that, in the centre of the circle, are two boulder burials - but these are not all that spectacular.

Just six of the stones remain upright, but most of the others are in position. It would appear that all the stones were the same height except for the entrance stones (one of which still stands) which were slightly taller than the rest at around 1m tall.

The views to the north are fairly broad and very good. The road, just 150m away, is well hidden by the slope of the hill. Trees block the east and west views and the hill rises up to the south providing a pleasant backdrop to the site.

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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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