'Mullamast Long Stone' : Standing Stone

TownlandMullamast
CountyKildare
Grid RefS 773 957
GPSS 77277 95686 (7m)
Longitude6° 50' 55.2" W
Latitude53° 0' 22.85" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownAthy (9.2 Km)
OS Sheet55
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 4th November 2001

This is stone, sadly has been relocated to a roadside position (actually on the other side of the road to where it originally stood). A small stone with it's faded name sits at it's foot.

The stone itself is of the 1.8m phallic variety and has very little remarkable about it. It does show signs of grooves in the one side like those of County Carlow to the south and appears to have been broken off. The grooves seem to be of equal length and therefor the argument of them being natural may not be very sound.

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Thursday, 28th December 2006

The photographs I took of this site on my first visit are pretty lame, so I decided to revisit to take some better ones. I also wanted to see if I could see the clump of trees that mark the site of The Piper's Stones (County Kildare) to the northwest. You can! However, this stone was moved to its current roadside position, so this line of sight can't be relied on, espcially as just 50m or so along the road you can no longer see the trees. It would be great to know exactly where it originally stood so that the validity of this alignment can be verified.

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Sunday, 19th April 2009

I was quite close by and the landlord of The Moone High Cross Inn had mentioned Mullamast Rath to me, so I thought I'd drive up this way and stop off at the stone. I couldn't remember what my photos of the stone were like, so the opportunity to get some good ones was easily taken.

The stone is still well-tended, which is good to see. So many monuments, even roadside ones get neglected these days.

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Directions

From Athy take the N78 east and then the R418 south and then take the second left turn off. Go across one crossroads and take the next left and then turn left at the next cross roads. The stone stands in the hedge on the left.

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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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