Dringeen Oughter : Standing Stone

Grid RefM 132 572
GPSM 13180 57231 (7m)
Longitude9° 18' 37.01" W
Latitude53° 33' 28.08" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCong (2.5 Km)
OS Sheet38
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 19th August 2007

The setting for this limestone standing stone is almost idyllic. It stands in the middle of a field that is part of an old strip field system - that is, the fields here are still small and arranged in strips across the hillside. They are separated by lovely dry stone walls, not horrible electric fences. This si what you imagine Irish fields to look like.

The stone is about 1.8m tall and has an even cross section. The west face is almost smooth, while the opposite face curves gently into the sides. Views are restricted, because the stone is in the bottom of a dip.

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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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