Knockiernan : Standing Stone

CountyWicklow
Grid RefN 992 136
Longitude6° 30' 59.84" W
Latitude53° 9' 49.21" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBlessington (1.4 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 12th May 2002

After a good hard breathing walk up the hill I was about to give up on this stone when I saw it on the way back - it was hiding behind a few trees on the edge of the field and I had failed to spot it.

It is quite a shorty, just 1.1m tall at most and about 40cm to a side in plan. There are wonderful views of Pollaphuca reservoir (which obviously wouldn't have been there when the stone was placed) to the west and Seahan & Seefin mountains to the north east.

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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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