'St. Kevin's Cup' : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefT 190 830
GPST 19022 83021 (8m)
Longitude6° 13' 53.87" W
Latitude52° 53' 5.78" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownAvoca (3.3 Km)
OS Sheet62
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 8th April 2007

I'm not even sure why I bothered to look for this one. The Wicklow Archaeological Inventory doesn't give a grid reference for it, which usually means that the site wasn't found. Anyway, I'd recently read that thhe stone was moved to the foot of Thomas Moore's bust. Surely it may still be there.

It is! Well, it's not next to the bust, but about 15m away. It is located in a picnic area right at the junction of the two rivers (the Avonmore & Avonbeg Rivers - which is why the place is called The Meetings of the Waters.)

I don't know how the compilers of the invventory didn't manage to find it. Many other people seem to have found it judging by the amount of fag-butts floating in the bullaun - Perhaps it should now become known as St. Kevin's Ashtray!

The stone is about 40cm high and seems to have been broken off at one end. There is a single, centrally-placed bullaun, 30cm in diameter and about 15cm deep.

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To find this stone follow the signs to The Meetings of the Waters. Park when you reach the Meetings pub. The picnic area is to the north of the pub on the far side of the bridge. Walk down the steps or ramp and continue to the water's edge. You can't miss the 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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