Kilgobbin : Standing Stone

CountyDublin
Grid RefO 195 246
GPSO 19522 24610 (6m)
Longitude6° 12' 31.56" W
Latitude53° 15' 30.2" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBray (8.9 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th October 2005

It just goes to show you that it's easy to not know much about where you live that this stone stands just 15 minutes walk from my old house and I only found out about it a couple of weeks ago.

I would say it's 50/50 whether this is prehistoric or a modern cattle scratching post. In most parts of the country its square section would tend to make you think it's more recent, but around here we have several examples like this, such as those at Rockbrook (County Dublin). Like those at Rockbrook this stone is about 1.6m tall.

Finding it wasn't as striaght forward as I'd assumed it would be, but it is actually very easy to reach. Just opposite Kilgobbin castle there is a small road. if you go down this lane the stone is roughly 150m beyond the 'Private No Entry' sign (that I didn't see until on my way out ... honest) in the field to the left just after the bungalow.

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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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