Lackanagoneeny : Stone Row or Alignment

Grid RefR 838 533
Longitude8° 14' 21.42" W
Latitude52° 37' 50.74" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCappamore (6.6 Km)
OS Sheet66
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th November 2002

Another great site for the day. The monument now consists of a NE/SW alignment of three stones set 1m apart and a fourth stone 5m away (to the SW). It is impossible to say if there were ever any other stones in the gap, but if there were it would make the original line 7 stones long (assuming the two outer stones mark its limits).

The group of three stones are around 1.6m tall and quite chunky. The outlying stone is more pointed than the three. There are amazing views along the river valley below, where the River Bilboa winds through the hills, and again I found myself really admiring the builders for their choice of location.

About 10m east of the row is a ring barrow.

Alignments or stone rows are groups of standing stones set in straight line. They can occur in any size group from two (usually refered to as a stone pair - see Boherboy (County Dublin)) to ten or more, although anything over four is exceptional (see Castlelanaght (County Cork)).

The function of these is a bit of a mystery, although many do seem to have significant astrological or geographical properties.

The stones making stone pairs often appear to be totally different in shape from each other, often hinting at a male and female partnership.

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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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