|Kilbunny - Bullaun Stone|
The ruins of this lovely little 11th Century church stand in a small graveyard beneath a yew tree and Scotts Pine.
The main attraction here (apart from saying you've been to Kilbunny!) is the Romanesque doorway. This isn't spectacular, but it is nice. Mounted in the wall to one side of the door is a dragon's head, which has lost one nostril and an ear. It is unlikely that there was just one such head (see The Nun's Church (County Offaly)), which means the decoration was probably much grander than it now appears to have been.
The 'bunny' part of Kilbunny is probably one of the worst transliterations of an Irish name there is, because it is actually a perversion of Munna the name of the saint associated with the church.
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.