Ballyard : Bullaun Stone

CountyTipperary
Grid RefR 718 660
GPSR 71758 66023 (10m)
Longitude8° 25' 5.66" W
Latitude52° 44' 40.59" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownNewport (3.8 Km)
OS Sheet58
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 22nd February 2004

I had a feeling that I wouldn't be able to find this stone as I approached, but gladly I was wrong. It did take some spotting though because it is very well hidden by a clump of tall grass and small trees that stand between it and the road.

The stone is very peculiar in that the top surface slopes. The taller end points to the stream some 20m to the south. At this end there is a shallow bullaun around 25cm across and 10cm deep, which holds water. A little further down the sloping top is a much shallower bullaun that is hardly discernable, especially beneath the thick, fluffy moss coverage.

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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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