Ashtown : Stone Pair

Grid RefS 363 095
GPSS 36317 09519 (5m)
Longitude7° 28' 6.03" W
Latitude52° 14' 10.77" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCarrick-On-Suir (13 Km)
OS Sheet75
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 5th May 2007

The OS map has a single stone marked here and the inventory only lists one, too. There are two stones, however, separated by a field wall.

The western stone is a smooth, quartz-veined slab about 1.6m tall. The other is a nobbly conglomerate stone with loads of lumps and bumps and interesting pebblesstuck in it.

They are situated on a gentle west-facing slope with views to the east obscured. To the west the Monaghvullagh Mountains dominate and to the north the lone peak of Croughaun Hill is wonderful.

The farmer told me of other stones that used to be scattered about the surrounding land and a nice tale about his mother using the smooth standing stone as a signalling device. When the farm labourers were out in the fields, before they had watches, she used to place paper over the top of the stone to let them know when food was ready.

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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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