|Knocklisheen Beg - Bullaun Stone|
There is very little of this early church left, but there is enough left to understand its original size. The walls remain to about three courses. On the south side it can be seen that the lowest course projects out from the ones above.
The area described by the walls is 13.5m x 5m. The trees that are growing both near and on the wall are slowly destroying what remains.
The location of the site itself is quite interesting - the church stands at the southern end of a low rise, with the raised area to the north being the old graveyard. This area is covered by trees, hidden amongst which there is a bullaun stone and two plain crosses.
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.