Coan : Standing Stone

CountyWicklow
Grid RefS 982 921
GPSS 98231 92079 (10m)
Longitude6° 32' 15.62" W
Latitude52° 58' 13.84" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDonard (7.6 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 17th September 2006

On two previous occasions I have chickened out of making the last leg of visiting this site. I have crossed the ford and walked to the gate each time, but the big red signs about this area being a firing range have, quite naturally, put me off. However, The stone is right on the edge of the range and there appeared to be a well-used track leading across the fields. The fact that there were sheep wondering around (and not exploding before my eyes) gave me a bit more confidence. Obviously, due to the above concerns, I can not recommend that anyone follows my example and visits this stone!

When I first passed by the stone I ignored it. For some reason I had it in my head that I was looking for something about 2m tall. However, the stone is actually 1.4m tall. Well, it would be if it was still properly upright, but it leans heavily to the northeast.

It is rectangular in plan with a pointy top. Nearby trees block most of the views from here except to the southwest, where Keadeen Mountain can be seen.

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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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