'St. Patrick's Stone' : Bullaun Stone

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Grid RefS 057 231
GPSS 05674 23060 (10m)
Longitude7° 55' 0.14" W
Latitude52° 21' 33.1" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCaher (1.8 Km)
OS Sheet74
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 15th February 2004

This must be the craziest bullaun I have ever visited. The map shows the stone to be in a field next to a road junction. I parked the car up and looked around and upon seeing a cleanly ploughed thought, 'Oh well, another monument gone.' I got back in the car, turned around and startd to drive off. At the junction I looked down and thought, "That's a unusual mini-island ... Hang on ... it's a bullaun stone painted green in the middle of the road!"

The stone has two shallow, roughly carved bullauns and is painted bright green, although the colouring is a bit worn away. I imagine that the horse trailers going around this corner to the nearby stables probably go over it all the time.

The stone is set in a diamond of white quartz pebbles surrounded by a curb painted orange. Very patriotic.

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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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