Cartronbane : Stone Circle

CountyLongford
Grid RefN 354 813
GPSN 35375 81274 (5m)
Longitude7° 27' 47.95" W
Latitude53° 46' 47.34" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGranard (2.1 Km)
OS Sheet34
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 13th October 2002

This is one of those circles that I have been meaning to stop off at for some time as quite a few journeys have taken me quite close. Today I was not really anywhere near it and so why I decided to pop by is a mystery really - perhaps I knew there would be another angry bull in the field!

The ruined circle encompasses a raised dias just under 1m high. There are only about 10 stones still present, many of which have fallen. The overall diameter is probably 25-30m.

It is very close to a busy road and so scores zero for ambience and its delapidated state detracts further from its appeal.

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Sunday, 15th April 2007

My journey took me close to Granard, so I thought I'd best drive past this site and see if it was cow-infested again. It wasn't! Fanstatic. This tine I could actually check it out properly.

When you get close up it's not as bad as it looks from a distance. The circle is by no means perfect, far from it in fact, but it's still got still something about it. The best section is on the west side where the stones are still standing. On the south side the stone have fallen and there is a large gap around the northeast section. Here there is a pile of boulders, presumably field clearance.

Running away from the circle on the southern side there appears to be a row of stones. When I saw the first one I thought it was an outlier , but then I spotted a second one 5m further away, then I saw a third some 30m+ from the circle.

A boulder or standing stone set outside a stone circle, quite often at a compass point or on a significant cosmic alignment (see Ballynoe (County Down)).

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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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