Ballinacarrig : Standing Stone

Grid RefT 198 614
Longitude6° 13' 40.76" W
Latitude52° 41' 25.99" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCoolgreany (8.2 Km)
OS Sheet62
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th October 2001

One the map this appears to be part of an alignment heading southeast from the fort marked at T 197 614, but the other two stones (T 199 614 & T 201 613) seem to be missing. One of them may be in the hedgerow near to this stone. Continuing the line to the north west there is another stone marked (T 195 615) which also seems to be missing. A house at the nearby road junction seems to have three very nice stones erected in its garden ... I wonder!

The Tara Hill that these stones lie on is NOT The Hill of Tara.

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From Inch on the N11 take the side road that leads to Tara Hill. Follow the road around the base of the hill until you are on the south side. The stones and fort sit in a field near to the first junction with a road going off to the right.


In an email I received on July 14th, 2004 I was informed that two of the stones from the field were removed in the 1950's - a time when much land reclamation occurred - and that one of the stones in the nearby garden is in fact one of the original standing stones, but is in its correct position and was not moved from the field opposite. The building work on the house was overseen by an archaeologist so that no harm was done to the stone. The others are modern additions and not of prehistoric date.

Thanks to J. Roche for this information. It's always good to have things clarified.

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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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