Bauraglanna : Stone Circle

CountyTipperary
Grid RefR 838 678
GPSR 83819 67800 (5m)
Longitude8° 14' 22.98" W
Latitude52° 45' 39.86" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownSilvermines (3.7 Km)
OS Sheet59
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th November 2005

I actually tried to find this site way back in November 2002, but rain stopped me making the effort to climb the up the muddy, stoney track. This time however the sun was shining brilliantly and I had no excuse. The Track was still muddy though.

The circle sits on a little plateau overlooking the valley below. It is surrounded by hills on three sides and looks due east along a river valley towards Cooneen Hill. To the southwest the massive Slievekimalta dominates the site.

The stones used to form this circle are a curiousity in their own right. The tallest is around 1.85m (as tall as me) and the shortest is just 40cm or tall. It's difficult to be sure, because so many stones are missing from the northeast side of the circle, but it would seem that the stones rise in height as they approach the tall stone. In the centre of the circle there is a fallen stone that may once have stood. Interestingly a line from the tall stone through the centre of the circle continues on towards a small notch in the hills to the northwest.

I love this site. It easily deserves a place amongst Ireland's best stone circles. It's not structurally all that brilliant but its location is so similar to some of my favourite stone circles in the Lake District such as Sunkenkirk.

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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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