Shandangan : Dubious Site

CountyClare
Grid RefR 301 911
GPSR 30130 91118 (7m)
Longitude9° 2' 24.04" W
Latitude52° 57' 58.75" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCorrofin (2.9 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th June 2004

This stone allows me to mention a couple of things. I'll deal with the relevent one first. Clare and The Burren in particular have a shortage of standing stones. There are a couple of recognised rows and there are the Curricks (tall, slim man-made piles of stones), but not many standing stones. This is partly because of the ground: solid limestone. In many places you come across slabs standing up in the grooves in the limestone, but these are undateable. So are stones like this one.

This is a large erratic, but it seems odd that it should be standing up the way it is. Elsewhere too there are erratics that seem to have unusually flat bottoms - have they been worked in order to make the stone stand?

This stone as definitely served one function associated with standing stones - that of a marker. The road/track/route, in some form or other, has probably run alongside this stone for ever and a day! So, my question is - Are some of these big eratics really standing stones? A lot deserve some study.

The second thing I can mention is the Burren fauna and flora. Just 400 NW of this stone is a beautiful strectch of limestone pavement with an amazing variety of plantlife. It's a quiet road and not many people stop here, so it is reasonably unspoilt. Walking to the edge of this little plateau give you some great views too.

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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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