Donaghmore : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefH 767 654
Longitude6° 48' 54.31" W
Latitude54° 31' 51.88" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownAughnacloy (16.7 Km)
OS Sheet19
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Donaghmore - High Cross
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 8th June 2003

As I got out of the car to go to the high cross my sixth sense - my "there's a bullaun nearby" sense - started twitching. I could almost feel this stone's presence. Quite an uncomfortable feeling, actually! So, I went and looked at the cross and then wondered into the graveyard behind it.

Bingo! Sitting comfortably in the shade beneath a tree in the centre of the old graveyard is a big old boulder, sun-dappled through the overhanging leaves - the sun had now returned. Carved in to the upper surface of this stone is a single bullaun about 20cm in diameter, offset as is quite often the case towards one end.

Despite the proximity of a lot of traffic this seems a very calm and tranquil spot, but I suppose a lot of graveyards do. If you're in the area don't just stop to look at the cross, but take the time to visit this nice bullaun stone.

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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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