Killoughternane : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefS 778 542
Longitude6° 51' 2.71" W
Latitude52° 38' 0.66" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBorris (6.4 Km)
OS Sheet68
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 26th October 2003

This bullaun was moved here from The White Church (County Carlow) a few hundred meters up the hill. When Uta, my partner, spotted it I had to ask why they bothered, because it seems to have been thrown into the hedge and forgotten. The stone is now completey covered in ivy and it is almost impossible to make out the bullaun.

There is just a single hemispherical cup measuring about 20cm in diameter. The stone is a very rough slab about 1m square and 30cm thick. Although it was moved from the church to here in recent times, I would say that it is now in its orginal position next to the sacred well.

Shame it's not better looked after!

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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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