Lickeen : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefT 187 971
GPST 18718 97102 (5m)
Longitude6° 13' 51.57" W
Latitude53° 0' 41.36" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLaragh (4.4 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 2nd September 2007

There are actually four bullaun stones recorded in Lickeen townland, but I couldn't locate two of them. The other two (these two) were somewhat easier, as they are now in the back garden of a farmhouse. They were moved here when a nearby field was cleared.

Both stones are quite large. The largest is 2m long, 1m wide and now stands over 1m high. When it was in its original location it is safe to bet that it stood much lower, with some of the boulder buried in the ground (this presumably applies to both stones.) The larger stone has two basins/bullauns. One is a full hemi-spherical example 25cm in diiameter, while the other is very shallow.

The smaller boulder has three basins. One is complete, while the other two break the sides of the boulder.

I was shown these stones by Tom, a fan of megalithomania. It was great to stand and chat to someone with a keen interest in monuments for 30 minutes plus.

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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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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