Fence : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefT 079 075
GPST 07867 07467 (3m)
Longitude6° 25' 18.61" W
Latitude52° 12' 30.69" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownRosslare (7.6 Km)
OS Sheet77
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th December 2001

I was totally taken by surprise with this stone as it is not on the map. I nearly drove past it but was curious about its shape. It did not look like a stone usually put in front of a house to stop people parking.

My natural curiosity got the better of me and I stopped to have a look. I am so glad I did. The stone has one central bullaun and one shallow cup either side of it. Unfortunately, it is cemented on to the footpath and the cement has a very shoddy inscription in it.

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Sunday, 24th February 2008

There are actually three small depressions around the central bullaun, making this one of the very few examples of cup-marks sharing the same stone as a bullaun. Two of them are very worn which may mean that there were once other marking on the stone that have now vanished. The inscription in the concrete is fading now.

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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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