Croghan Middle : Standing Stone

Grid RefT 137 705
Longitude6° 18' 54.08" W
Latitude52° 46' 25.01" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCoolgreany (5.5 Km)
OS Sheet62
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 24th February 2008

Situated on the southern slopes of Croghan Mountain overlooking a small NE-SW valley and the early stretches of the Ban River, this stone has fine views. Unlike its neighbour ( Croghan Middle (County Wexford)) this stone looks as if it has been worked. The top of the stone has been roughly shaped above a ridge that runs around it. This gives it a rather ugly and uncomfortable phallic appearance. It stands around 1.5m tall.

I wasn't able to get too close to the stone due to the presence of new-born lambs in the fields.

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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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