Clane : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefN 878 273
GPSN 87756 27339 (3m)
Longitude6° 41' 2.1" W
Latitude53° 17' 20.78" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKill (7.7 Km)
OS Sheet49
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 25th May 2008

This could be my only visit to a stoney thing during May 08. I suppose it's fitting that it's a bullaun stone.

It took me ages to find this one. I walked back and forth along the road and up side streets in vain. I thought that it might have been moved to the nearby church so I walked up to that. I was surprised to see a map outside the church that mentioned the bullaun. Annoyingly, the bullaun was marked where I'd been looking!

So, I headed back down the road. Then I saw it - cemented into the wall retaining wall of a stream. Its top is flush with the top of the wall and the garden lawn behind it. The bullaun was full of grass cuttings, too.

It looks like a limestone slab that has been squared off into a rectangular slab to fit into the wall. There is a single 30cm diameter bullaun set centrally.

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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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