'Killadangan' : Stone Row or Alignment

TownlandKilldangan
CountyMayo
Grid RefL 944 825
Longitude9° 36' 7.87" W
Latitude53° 46' 52.79" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownWestport (5.7 Km)
OS Sheet31
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th July 2003

In a marshy strip between the road and the sea is this fine four stone stone row . The alignment points directly at a dip in the mountain to the east of Croagh Patrick, the magnificent holy mountain that dominates this site. The stones in the row are each about 1m tall.

Scattered about the alignment are many other standing stone, which may include the remains of a stone circle to the south next to the road.

The stone row on its own is great and it is added to by the presence of the other stones. The mystery of its interpretation is also added to by these other stones.

Alignments or stone rows are groups of standing stones set in straight line. They can occur in any size group from two (usually refered to as a stone pair - see Boherboy (County Dublin)) to ten or more, although anything over four is exceptional (see Castlelanaght (County Cork)).

The function of these is a bit of a mystery, although many do seem to have significant astrological or geographical properties.

The stones making stone pairs often appear to be totally different in shape from each other, often hinting at a male and female partnership.

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A Selection of Other Stone Rows or Alignments

External Links

Mt. Croach Patrick

Some nice info on the wonderous mountain.
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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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