'The Derryleckagh Longstones' : Stone Row or Alignment

TownlandDerryleckagh
CountyDown
Grid RefJ 124 251
GPSJ 12353 25095 (7m)
Longitude6° 16' 46.97" W
Latitude54° 9' 44.89" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMayobridge (3.9 Km)
OS Sheet29
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 12th February 2006

These stones really took some finding. First of all I could not find the lane that seems to lead up to the stones from the south. Then the first farmer I saked didn't know anything about them, even though he'd lived just below for 25 years. His son very kindly took me to see another local farmer who did know about them. Apparently they are known as "The Long Woman's Grave" hereabouts.

The stones are a bit of a disappointment really. With such a grand name you would expect them to be huge, but sadly only one broken stump remains. Lying nearby is a piece of stone that could have broken off the top of the stump. 50m away in the same field there is another fallen stone that does look a little bit like a sarcophagus lid, which is perhaps where the "Long Woman" comes into the story.

Next to the field wall to the south there is an odd pile of stones, which may actually be the remains of a megalithic tomb.

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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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