Blakestown Upper : Standing Stone

Grid RefN 960 071
Longitude6° 33' 59.05" W
Latitude53° 6' 21.1" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallymore Eustace (4.5 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 21st December 2003

Some unmarked stones that you come across make you wonder if they have any provenance, but this leaves you in no doubt whatsoever. Unfortunately, it has been broken - the rectangular sectioned base (1.6m N-S, .7m E-W) is still set into the ground on top of its little mound and the rounded top has been broken off (at some considerable effort) and tipped to one side. When complete it would have resembled a treasure chest with a very eroded, grooved upper surface.

Standing next to this one and looking west you see over the top of the cairn below ( Blakestown Upper (County Wicklow)) towards Slieve Bloom. Being nearly on the high spot you can see north towards Sorrell Hill (County Wicklow) and to the east a deep cleft in the mountains sites on the near false horizon.

Perhaps the most note worthy thing from here is the dominance, to the south, of Church Mountain (County Wicklow) - when the cairn was complete on its peak it would have looked spectacular from here.

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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.

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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