Inch St. Lawrence : Bullaun Stone

CountyLimerick
Grid RefR 659 488
GPSR 65926 48805 (3m)
Longitude8° 30' 10.16" W
Latitude52° 35' 22.33" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCaherconlish (2.3 Km)
OS Sheet65
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th July 2009

This is one of the most unusual bullaun stones I have ever seen! The rock itself is very narrow and has been stood up on end. The top edge is only 30cm or so across, while the stone is over 1m high. The bullaun has been made in the top edge, but it would appear that someone enjoyed making bullauns! However, instead of putting several bullauns into the stone they carried on going. This one is very, very deep - it may even pierce the stone.

Some bullauns in Carlow (see Busherstown (County Carlow) for instance) are conical and quite deep, but I don't think there are any that match this one.

This was the last site for me today, but the others continued on to see many more. I had hurt my leg at the previous two sites. I was disappointed, as we were having a good time, but I couldn't carry on. All-in-all this was a great day for me and the others were even luckier and saw more sites together.

A small, man made, hemi-spherical depression used as decoration on stones, usually no more than a few centimetres in diameter. They are quite often found with one or more rings around them.

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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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