Keadeen : Stone Row or Alignment

Grid RefS 950 891
GPSS 94963 89092 (6m)
Longitude6° 35' 13.85" W
Latitude52° 56' 39.36" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKiltegan (4.7 Km)
OS Sheet62
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 15th October 2006

This is just a possible stone row, but it is made more probable by two factors:

  1. Its alignment is respected by a nearby boundary that runs diagonally down the side of the hill.

  2. It stands at the feet of Finn McCool And His Wife (County Wicklow)

The latter could mean that neither are genuine or, more interestingly, that both of them are genuine. Whether the hill-figures are the real McCoy or not, these 4 stones could have been placed here to mark it as a natural phenomenon.

Ther largest stone is very rough and perhaps 1.4m tall. The other are all fallen or leaning and covered by the grass and heather, so it's difficult to measure them properly.

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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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