Townfields : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefR 898 833
GPSR 89770 83277 (5m)
Longitude8° 9' 7.34" W
Latitude52° 54' 1.11" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownNenagh (5 Km)
OS Sheet59
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 17th February 2008

This is an odd one. It was moved to its current location (outside a modern church door) in 1987. A sign next to it says it is the font from St Kieran's Monastery, but we know it is a bullaun stone. It probably was used as a font at some time, but it is much older than St. Kieran's times.

The stone is cemented on to the top of a brick column. It has a single bullaun that occupies most of its surface area. The bullaun is 30cm in diameter and 20cm deep.

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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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