Feaghna : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefV 967 639
GPSV 96664 63946 (5m)
Longitude9° 29' 55.58" W
Latitude51° 49' 6.08" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBantry (15.5 Km)
OS Sheet85
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th September 2004

I drove from Bantry via Priests Leap, which has to be one of the scariest roads on the planet. It's a single lane track with a sheer drop on one side and lots of blind summits. Never again!

Anyway, It took me a little while to find this stone, but I was determined to do so. Along with St Brigit's Stone (County Cavan) this has always drawn me to it since first seeing a picture of it in Anthony Weir's Early Ireland: A Field Guide.

This is the mother of all bullaun stones !!!!

For some reason I hadn't expected the piece of bedrock to be so large, although how I thought so many bullauns could fit onto anything smaller defeats me. There are no fewer than five large bullauns, each with their own turn-stone. Two more turn-stones rest in shallow hollows. In the centre of the rock is a stone disk with a hole drilled through it (unfortunately this has cracked in two). Standing in the hole is a 20cm tall phallic stone. People have placed coins below this in the hole.

It is located outside the churchyard to the south - just around the corner and on the north side of the road.

A small, man made, hemi-spherical depression used as decoration on stones, usually no more than a few centimetres in diameter. They are quite often found with one or more rings around them.

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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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