'Roundwood' : Bullaun Stone

TownlandTogher Beg
CountyWicklow
Grid RefO 191 033
Longitude6° 13' 22.85" W
Latitude53° 4' 1.47" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownRoundwood (0.1 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 22nd June 2003

I believe that this bullaun was moved here from the old church at Ashborn (O 185 035) 700m west. It now stands, quite amazingly on a pedastal, at the junction of the R765 and R755 at the north end of Roundwood.

The inside of the bullaun is stained red where the minerals have been leeched out of the stone but the water gathering in it, making it look quite grusome really.

I know I love my bullaun stones, and seem that they seem to have some strange attraction for me, but I think putting one on a pedastal is taking it a little too far. The fact that there is no sign nearby to say what it is, or where it came from, makes it look like an arty-farty birdbath!

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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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