Piperstown : Standing Stone

Grid RefO 115 213
Longitude6° 19' 48.32" W
Latitude53° 13' 49.45" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTallaght (6.5 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th December 2003

I was stumbling around the hillside looking for the Piperstown stone circle, but again with no success. I did, however, come across this amazing standing stone, which I can find no record of anywhere.

What's more - I think it may be part of a 4 or 5 stone alignment, which may point to Glassamucky Brakes (County Dublin) on the hillside below. I really need to go back here, firstly with my GPS to get the definite grid ref and secondly to check out if it does indeed point at the stone circle below. Obviously, if it does then my 'possible stone row' becomes very much a reallity.

The stone itself is set on the western edge of the hilltop overlooking the Dodder Valley below. It is 1.5m tall and wedge-shaped.

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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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