Knockroe : Rock Art

CountyCarlow
Grid RefS 827 480
GPSS 82650 48015 (3m)
Longitude6° 46' 50.42" W
Latitude52° 34' 38.02" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKiltealy (2.7 Km)
OS Sheet68
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 17th June 2012

This wonderful piece of rock-art was found build into a field wall when an opening was made in it. Sadly the whole piece had been broken up into at least four parts (only four now remain), before being used as building material.

The four pieces have been reunited to form the end of the wall where the break was made. There are at least 10 cup-and-ring motifs, one of which has five rings. The stone is quite worn, but if you visit at the right time of day - around 1pm - and the sun is out you will get nice side illumination and the markings become quite clear.

It took me a little bit more time than it should have done to find this great, yet rather sad, piece of rock-art. This is because I walked too far up the lane when looking for the gate into the field. I had been told that there was an obscure sign for the site and I concentrated too much on looking for that. As you walk up the lane it is the first gate on the right after the main farm entrance.

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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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