Ballintaggart is an old Christian site, about which nothing is known. What makes it interesting is the collection of nine cigar-shaped ogham stones that have been gathered here. One thing I found curious is the uniformity of these stones, they must surely have originated from one source.
These nine stones, all water rolled and therefore with no edges, have been placed in a wonderful arrangement. One that is decidely pagan. Eight of them form a circle, each one lying down pointing outwards. The ninth lies at the centre. It is like a stone circle of ogham stones.
Several of them have been inscribed with crosses.
As we walked up to this hilltop location, we were accompanied by some Irish music drifting up from the races being held below. Quite an odd experience.
Some of the inscriptions featured read: TRIA MAQA MAILAGNI (Three sons of Mallagnos - CURCITTI appears on the back), CUNUMAQQI AVI CORBRI (Conmac, grandson of Coirpre), NETTA LAMINACCA KOI MAQQI MUCOI DOVIN[IA]S (the nephew of Laminacca, the son of the people of Dovinas) and MAQQI IARI KOI MAQQI MUCCOI DOVINIAS. (Weir)
Again there is duplication of letters in the inscription.
Dovinias was the goddess of the Corcu Duibne, the people who gave their name to the Dingle Peninsula.
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.