Moanmore West : Stone Circle

CountyGalway
Grid RefM 645 154
Longitude8° 31' 52.07" W
Latitude53° 11' 16.43" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownWhitegate (28.5 Km)
OS Sheet52
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th June 2002

This is not really a stone circle - more of a barrow with some standing stones around it in a circle. Whatever it really is it is wonderful.

The monument consists of a 2m high, flat topped mound with a bank around its rim - giving it the characteristics of a saucer barrow. However, standing around this 'rim' are four 2m tall stones set at right angles to the circumference. There are four more that have fallen.

All of these stones are identical in height and profile, being 1m deep and 25cm thick. The outer edge is straight and the inner edge curves, giving them a bow like form.

Who ever is buried beneath this was obviously of great importance for such a structure to be built for them. It also makes you wonder how many other of the zillions of barrows once looked this splendid.

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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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