Urney : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefJ 013 144
Longitude6° 27' 8.87" W
Latitude54° 4' 7.35" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDundalk (7.9 Km)
OS Sheet29
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 25th May 2003

What a beautifully unspoilt spot! This bullaun is located just inside an ancient churchyard, of which the church is now nothing more than a set of low walls, right on the border of Louth and Armagh. Three tall yew trees tower immediately over you and hills and mountains dominate the northern view, especially the double peaked, breast-like Croslieve Shean to the northwest. Slieve Gullion is visible to the immediate north if it's not covered in cloud!

The single bullaun is cut into the top of a large unfashioned boulder about 1m x 1.2m x 1m (H x W x D). It is a typically hemisperical bullaun 25cm in diameter. A very fine stone indeed. Although you can drive along the very narrow lane and park quite close I would suggest parking at the road and walking along the track. The scenery is one to be savoured and a 500m walk adds nothing to your day.

The churchyard is part of the Poet's Trail, a walking route. Apparently, the 18th Century poet Peader O Doirin is burried here.

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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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