Darrynane Beg : Ogham Stone

Grid RefV 536 589
GPSV 53559 58931 (3m)
Longitude10° 7' 17.23" W
Latitude51° 45' 49.26" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCaherdaniel (1.6 Km)
OS Sheets83, 84
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 10th August 2009

This stone is over 2m tall, which is rather impressive. It doesn't show much sign of being worked, apart from the faint ogham inscription down the southwest edge. The stone now stands in a little clearing at the side of the road to Derrynane House from Casherdanial and is signposted. Although the stone is now erect it was, until the 1940s, 'partly buried in Derrynane strand' ( information from Iveragh Peninsula Inventory).

The inscription, which is now only visible down one edge, used to run along two edges and is unreadable apart from a few Ls, an I, a Q and a G.

In 1945 Macalister read the inscription as;


The letters enclosed in [] were dubious even then.

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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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