Ballycook : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefS 828 806
Longitude6° 46' 12.9" W
Latitude52° 52' 11.93" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCastledermot (6.4 Km)
OS Sheet61
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 26th October 2003

On the way back to the car from Ballycook (County Carlow) we were pretty dejected, until I spied the bullaun we had failed to find there. It is in the hedge row 30m from the gate into the field!

It's a lovely looking stone; big and rounded, but fairly well buried. It must have been in its current location for a long time. The single 25cm diameter conical bullaun is still exposed and holds water. It is over 30cm deep.

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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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