Trooperstown : Bullaun Stone

CountyWicklow
Grid RefT 158 970
GPST 15837 96986 (3m)
Longitude6° 16' 26.19" W
Latitude53° 0' 39.88" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLaragh (1.6 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 9th February 2008

After reading Price's notebooks last year I went hunting for this bullaun stone. I walked right past it several times. Today's hunt for it was rather frustrating. After being told roughly where it was I thought I could see the stone, only it was on the bank above me and I couldn't see the top of it. To make things worse there is a 2m high, barbed-wire-topped fence around the bit of hill it stands in. After some wandering I found an unlocked gate into the area and made my way to the stone. I went directly, which is very dangerous: this was a plantation and the ground if very bump and covered in hidden holes. If you attempt to visit this one walk all the way around the fence to reach it and be very careful!

The stone set well into the slope and has a triangular plan. There is a nice single bullaun set centrally and a partial (possibly natural) basin to one side. The good bullaun is about 35cm across and 20cm deep. The views aren't very impressive, but this is down to the pine plantations on the hillside opposite and the car park below it.

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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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