I had arranged to meet a friend here for a joint (ad)venture into the amazingly rich area around the Leitrim/Donegal/Sligo junction and I can't think of a more wonderful place to have to wait around. I'm kind of sad I only had to wait 10 minutes.
This multi-multiple bullaun stones is one of the most amazing things I have seen to date, but it was sad to see it in it's current state. The stone looks very different to most images I have seen of it with moss covering it and plants growing from between the two sections and spreading over it. It appeared that one of the turn stones was not original too.
There are at least 9 bullauns in the main stone with a further 3 on the smaller section. Each bullaun still has a turn stone which sit neatly inside.
Its current state makes me wonder if the farm has changed hands or wether the old farmer has passed on and his son can not be bothered to deal with keeping this tidy anymore. Despite this woeful condition go and see this superb stone and while you're there tidy it up a little.
When I parked up by the road I was very pleased to see that Killinagh (County Cavan) church is now signposted and that there is a single gate providing easy access into the field. A great improvement!
The bullaun stone seems almost forgotten though. The grass is being allowed to grow up around it and brambles were slowly starting to cover it up when. Before taking some new photos I gave them a quick prune and stamped down the grass.
The main boulder itself does seem to be less moss-covered than when I was previously here, but a wild rose has been allowed to grow next to it since then.
This is a wonderful monument which should be visited more often. However, it is its obscurity that has probably kept it in such good condition. Such are the dialemas of websites like megalithomania. Hopefully no harm will come to this and only people who want to respect the site will make the effort to trek across two fields to get to it. Equally, I hope none of them try to 'respect' it with tealights, candles and offerings (or as I tend to call them - litter!)
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Not too long ago a friend of mine visited this site and his photos showed that there has been some pruning going on. I couldn't resist stopping off to take a look myself as I passed.
The stone is looking particularly good right now - a lot closer to the original images I saw of this site taken by Anthony Weir in the 1980s. I did some further pruning, cutting back the brambles closeby.
If you want to see this stone at it's best then right now would be a pretty good time to do so.
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.