'Beakan's Cell' : Bullaun Stone

TownlandToureen Peacaun
Grid RefS 006 285
GPSS 00625 28511 (8m)
Longitude7° 59' 26.93" W
Latitude52° 24' 29.57" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCaher (5.7 Km)
OS Sheet74
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 15th February 2004

In the middle of the field opposite the church you will see a low circular structure. Within this is an incredible bullaun stone. There are two huge bullauns, one of which does not hold water anymore, and a smaller, very shallow one. The shallow used to have a turn-stone in it, but this was not there when I visited. This has only disappeared in recent times - perhaps it has been sent to someone for a cure, as is often done with some 'holy stones'.

The large bullauns are very irregular and don't appear to have been ground out, unlike the one standing at the nearby well.

Mounted into the wall surrounding this stone is a small cross-slab.

This whole site (church, cross, well, cell) is set in the most beautiful spot. Low hill rise up to the west and south, with the mountains towering above to the south too. The west is 'blocked' off by a low hill as well, giving an enclosed and protected feel to the site. Its relative remoteness and the fact that a train did not travel along the line (which is just 400m away) also helped a great deal to enhance the tranquility I felt here.

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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.

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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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