Knappogue : Standing Stone

CountyClare
Grid RefR 443 719
Longitude8° 49' 33" W
Latitude52° 47' 43.04" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownNewmarket On Fergus (6.1 Km)
OS Sheet58
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th January 2003

In the field to the west of the entrance to Knappogue Castle are some very, very interesting stones. Close to the gateway there is a group of three and a lone stone stands at the far end around 200m away.

Each stone is of a bubbly volcanic type with lumps, bumps and holes. The group of three form a wide triangle, two to the south and one at the north. Now, I may be jumping to some extreme conclusions here but I get the feeling that this was once a 20m wide avenue, running east to west that would have been over 200m in length. Only a little digging could tell, but the field has been plough (I think) and so all traces may have been lost.

These 1.8 to 2m tall stones are great. Not even the proximity of the road can remove anything from their form or presence.

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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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