Ballyhalwick : Stone Pair

Grid RefW 253 521
Longitude9° 4' 51.56" W
Latitude51° 42' 59.24" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDunmanway (2.3 Km)
OS Sheet86
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 13th April 2003

This interesting stone pair seems to be threatened by a quarry to the south, but I don't think any harm will befall them. The two stones are extremely different. The west stone (the alignment is east-west) is quite massive - some 1.6m tall by 1.3m or so wide (it's hard to be precise as the quarry stopped me getting too close.) The smaller one is just 70cm tall and about the same wide.

The stones are set with their length along the alignment and the sides that face each other have been shaped so that a V is formed. I have not seen this anywhere else.

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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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