Kilroot : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefJ 450 895
GPSJ 44987 89532 (7m)
Longitude5° 44' 56" W
Latitude54° 43' 58.04" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCarrickfergus (3 Km)
OS Sheet15
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th September 2007

When I noticed this site marked on the OS map I wasn't sure if I'd find it. Near to the words Bullaun Stone there is also Bishop's House and Bawn with a cross next to it, but there is no cross to indicate where the bullaun might be. I hoped it was at the same site as the Bishop's House and it is.

However, this is probably the most mucked-about-with bullaun I have ever visited. The stone the basin is carved into has been squared off and its bottom made flat. It is now mounted on a sqare-sectioned brick pedastal about 1.2m tall, between two grave slabs. Quite undignified. The basin is 20cm in diameter and hemi-spherical.

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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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