Ballyedmonduff : Standing Stone

Grid RefO 186 217
Longitude6° 13' 25.18" W
Latitude53° 13' 56.85" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBray (8.2 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 19th May 2002

Today was a day of many things, most of them rain! However, I had planned to go hunting for some un-OS-map-marked sites and the first one was a stone circle in Ballyedmonduff, near the fantastic wedge tomb. I had supposed that it would be a cairn kerb or something, but I don't think that I actually found it, but just 15m from where it should have been was this incredible stone.

It is about 1.5m long (tall) and is definitely shaped to be flat faced and symmetrical when viewed from the front. The 'base' of it - presumably the part that would have been below ground is very rough hewn.

I need to check out the authenticity of this stone. It is not on the OS nor is it in the archaeological inventory for County Dublin - perhaps it is the last part of the elusive stone circle.

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Saturday, 20th July 2002

This was just a quick visit to verify the signs of the stone being worked and to make sure I could find it again from memory. The answers to these questions are 'yes' and 'eventually' respectively.

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Marked Sites


From the N11 take the R116 through Kiltiernan and on to Glencullen. At Johnny Fox's Pub turn right. After about 3/4 mile you will see a golf course on the left. About 250m past this and just past a house you will see a gate on the left with a stoney track leading to the woods. Cross this field and just as you enter the woods you will see a grass track off to the right. Follow this to the field fence and go left. Almost immediately you will see another grass track going up the hill through the woods. Just keep going up this for about 150m and you will find the stone.

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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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