Ballyvackey : Stone Circle

CountyCork
Grid RefW 344 426
Longitude8° 56' 51.14" W
Latitude51° 37' 55.97" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownClonakilty (4.7 Km)
OS Sheets86, 89
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th April 2003

As a friend of mine commented elsewhere, this place is 'odd' - the location seems rather mundane. There seems to be no special landmarks to say, "This is why we picked this site."

There are just seven stones left here from a probable original thirteen. Luckily the axial stone remains and so we can see that it has a NE-SW axis, with the axial stone occupying the usual SW position. Another blessing is that one of the entrance stones is still standing, which is set radially, i.e. at right angles to the circumference of the circle. The diameter of the circle is around 6m. To the north is a large fallen stone, which may have been an outlier - it certainly wasn't part of the circle.

As with so many circles a tree grows alongside one of the stones.

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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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