Rathglass : Stone Pair

Grid RefS 864 712
Longitude6° 43' 9.42" W
Latitude52° 47' 5.85" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTullow (2.2 Km)
OS Sheet61
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Friday, 29th March 2002

I was not able to get too close to these two beautiful looking stones due to big ditches, high hedge rows and sheep.

They stand proudly upon a ridge aligned east-west and are probably 2m tall. The eastmost stone is starting to lean. These are a definite must for getting closer to - maybe next time when I'm not in such a rush.

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Sunday, 9th February 2003

I have admired these stones from afar many times and today asked at the farmhouse (next gate on the right to the south) and was allowed to cross the fields and get close up. After braving electric fences (which in the words of the farmer 'are viscious') and being followed and harrassed by sheep while approaching the stones I was very pleasantly surprised.

These two 1.6m high stones, aligned east-west are beautifully matched. Both have a triangular profile, but one is more pointed than the other, which might imply a male/female paring similar to Boherboy (County Dublin). The eastern-most stone has some ogham on its two west facing edges which is very faint. I had read of this script, so this wasn't the surprise. What did surprise me was that the west stone has two fine cupmarks near its base.

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Marked Sites


If entering Tullow heading south on the N81 turn left opposite the turn off for the R418/R725. After about 2.3km keep looking to your right and you should see these stone about 300m inside the fields. I am not sure of the best way to reach them.

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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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