Killone : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefN 550 018
GPSN 55025 01766 (3m)
Longitude7° 10' 44.81" W
Latitude53° 3' 49.42" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownPortlaoise (8.9 Km)
OS Sheet55
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 19th April 2009

As sites go this is a relatively easy one to get to: it's beside the road, on the verge at the base of the hedge in a similar position to the stone at Sleanaglogh (County Wicklow). However, it's not that easy to spot: it's covered in moss and the grass around it can get quite high and hide it. It's very easy to miss even when you walk along the road.

There is a single, uneven bullaun cut into the top. The buolder into which the basin is cut is a globular, rough one. Why it stands at the side of the road is anyone's guess. Was it moved from a nearby field during clearances? The stone is near a sharp bend in the road, so it could be that the road layout is there because of the stone - "Go that way until you reach the bullaun stone and turn left."

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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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