Robinstown Great : Stone Circle

Grid RefS 811 292
Longitude6° 48' 29.21" W
Latitude52° 24' 30.24" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownClonroche (7.8 Km)
OS Sheet76
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th October 2002

There are not many four-poster stone circles in Ireland and so when I heard about this one I just had to come and investigate. i must admit that I was a little sceptical. The OS map just indicates 'Standing Stones'.

After knocking on the door at the farmhouse and welcomed by a one legged man in a wheel chair and feeling very uncomfortable (why was this? It was him and not me who'd lost a leg) I was given jolly directions to the stones. This jollyness made me feel all the more crappy.

So, I walked past the green roofed barn, through the gate at its side and up the field to the right to where I would see the stones. Oh my! WOW! What a wondeful sight they were. I soon forgot about one legged men and climbed into the field.

The circle (a rare Irish four poster) crowns the rounded top of this little hillock in the most majestic manner. The four main stones making the pointy bits.

To the north are two other stones that make the site a bit confusing, but the four main stones are so obvious that it is definitely a four poster.

The tallest (NE) stone is around 1.7m tall. The western stones are both 1.6m and the shortest (SE) stone is just 1.1m.

They are arranged in a rectangle that is 1m longer from north to south. The dimensions are approx 5m x 4m.

A fantastic place and a must visit site. Probably the finest that Wexford has to offer.

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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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