Clonmore : Bullaun Stone

CountyCarlow
Grid RefS 963 761
Longitude6° 34' 16.1" W
Latitude52° 49' 38.31" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownHacketstown (4.3 Km)
OS Sheet62
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th October 2001

I did not hold out much hope here, as most of my trips to find bullaun stones have failed due to them being in the middle of bogs or just not being there. This one however is actually sign posted !! And as soon as I saw it I could see why they are so proud of it. A huge rock by the road side, along side (almost in) a stream, with three bullauns on the top all in a row. This multiple bullaun is a gem. The importance of water to whoever sited and started this bullaun off is self evident. Hunt it out, the effort is worth it.

The high crosses here (S 965 761) are very different. The one that still stands is not too spectacular, but the fallen one (one the opposite side of the road to the church) would have been amazing. It is now laid out on a large slab for you to see along with many cross slabs.

Further along the road (S 961 762) is Clonmore Castle, an amazingly overgrown and ominous building.

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Saturday, 16th March 2002

I just popped in here to show the kids this wonderful multiple bullaun. We also went upto the broken cross to have a good look at the cros slabs. While I was there I noticed a beautiful 'baby' bullaun just 5cm across and about the same deep.

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Sunday, 7th January 2007

I don't pass through Clonmore very often, so as I was close by I decided I would stop and take a good look at this wonderful stone. It's still amongst my favourites and, as far as I know, is the only signposted bullaun stone.

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Directions

Clonmore is about 4 km south of Hacketstown (Baile Haiceid). Take the first turning off the R272 inside the town and then the second right.

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A Selection of Other Bullaun Stones

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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