Templerushin : Bullaun Stone

CountyFermanagh
Grid RefH 076 397
GPSH 07580 39660
Longitude7° 53' 0.75" W
Latitude54° 18' 20.03" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownEnniskillen (17 Km)
OS Sheet26
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 9th April 2007

I had read that there were two bullaun stones at Templerushin church, but I could only find the one. This may be because the grass had recently been cut and the long clippings could have been hiding a second stone quite easily. Maybe the second is outside of the walled graveyard - if anyone knows where it is please let me know.

The one I found is about 5m to the east of the 10th Century church. The earthfast boulder is an odd shape. It is long and thin with a fatter bit at one end. This is where the single bullaun is situated. The bullaun is quite small, just 20cm across and 10cm deep.

The site overlooks a stream to the east that issues from the nearby holy well.

A small, man made, hemi-spherical depression used as decoration on stones, usually no more than a few centimetres in diameter. They are quite often found with one or more rings around them.

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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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