'Cashelkeelty 1' : Stone Circle

TownlandCashelkeelty
CountyKerry
Grid RefV 748 576
GPSV 74804 57579 (6m)
Longitude9° 48' 48.15" W
Latitude51° 45' 24.08" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLauragh (2.8 Km)
OS Sheet84
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Cashelkeelty 2 - Stone Circle
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th September 2004

The walk up from the road takes you through a muddy forest trackpast a lovely waterfall. Once you break through to the main track it is all up hill and it's not an easy walk. As you climb higher and higher the stones stay out of sight until, all of a sudden, they are there crowning the skyline.

The two portal stones of this little 5-stone stone circle are missing. Next to these is a stone row made from three stones. The tallest of these is over 3m and the shortest is just 1m tall. The axis of both the circle and the row is NE-SW, with the tallest stone in the row to the NE.

The circle is built next to a small rocky outcrop and the row runs alongside this. The rock is definitely a significant part of the monument.

Stones circles, put quite simply, are rings of standing stones, although not all of them are cicular, many being eliptical. Many have definite layout plans and often stone circles in one region share a similar style, e.g. Cork features many axial stones circles, where a recumbent stones faces an apparent entrance into the circle (see Drombeg (County Cork)).

They are the most well known of megalithic monuments and the ones most likely to capture anyone's imagination. Many theories exist about the original purpose of these enigmatic structures, the most popular (and at times most controversial) one is that they were built as astronomical observatories, many having apparent solar alignments with the sunrise and sunsets at the solstices and equinoxes. Lunar and star alignments have also ben noted.

No matter what the exact purpose it is certain that they played a significant role in the ritual or religious lives of the builders. One thing that nearly everyone has in common is that they are located in the most dramatic of places, usually offering unrivalled views.

Quite often other monuments, such as alignments, cairns, boulder burials or outliers, are to be found in close proximity to stone circles.

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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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