Knockegan : Stone Row or Alignment

CountyLimerick
Grid RefR 328 522
GPSR 32845 52235 (7m)
Longitude8° 59' 29.87" W
Latitude52° 37' 2.21" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownAshkeaton (2.3 Km)
OS Sheet64
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 3rd April 2005

There's not a lot of megalithic stuff in this area, so I was quite excited about visiting this site. I was quite disappointed after I'd visited it though! Before I get into why I'll give the site's positive points though.

This is a nice multiple stone row, which would have consisted of up to 5 stones of which just two still stand. The tallest one of these, at the south end, is around 2m tall and 1.5m broad. The smaller of the two stones is around 1m tall. All the slabs are rough mudstone. There is a 2m gap between these two stones and I think one of the fallen slabs possibly stood between them. There are three other stones lying around, which presumably all came from the row. One of these looks to be bigger than the larger of the stones that still stand. The row is aligned north-south.

The stones over look a tributary of the Shannon Estuary and a small island in the bay called Greenish Island - Grai-inis in Irish.

Now the bad bit. I can cope with some monuments being left overgrown - it protects them from cattle etc (which obviously use these as scratching posts at the moment) - but why leave lots of blue plastic lying around? Surely this could be dangerous to the cattle in the field as well as being an enviromental nightmare!

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Directions

From the centre of Ashkeaton head north towards the large factory. Cross the N69 and pass the factory and drive on for another kilometre. Take a left turn and about 300m along park on the left, where there is a large roadside area to do so. The stones are up to the right beyond the hedgerow at the top of the field.

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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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