Kilbeg : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefO 022 102
Longitude6° 28' 22.31" W
Latitude53° 7' 57.21" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBlessington (5.8 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Kilbeg 2 - Bullaun Stone
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 12th May 2002

This is another one I'd tried to find before and I feel a bit of a fool for not having found it. It's massive!! My only excuse is that it stands in a field with a zillion other lumps of rock.

This amazing slab is 2m long, 1m wide and stands just 20cm tall. There are 5 very large (20 - 25cm) bullauns and one slightly smaller that has breached the side.

It was very hot today and there was no water in the cups but there were water marks indicating that it does hold water.

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From Blessington cross the Pollaphuca Reservoir on Blessington Bridge. Turn right and follow the road around the lake until you pass through Lackan. Once through Lackan take the third road on the left. 250m up this road there is a house. The bullaun stones are in the field opposite.

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A Selection of Other Bullaun Stones

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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