Castletown : Bullaun Stone

CountyOffaly
Grid RefN 217 287
GPSN 21685 28714 (4m)
Longitude7° 40' 28.74" W
Latitude53° 18' 29.81" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMoate (10.1 Km)
OS Sheet48
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th July 2008

There are two bullauns at this site, but they don't really need to be split into two entries, because the one is probably a later mini-font. This is just a very small stone with a single bullaun at its centre, which occupies most of the top surface.

The larger of the two stones has been cut from a larger outcrop and has straight edges. Again, this could have been used in a church at some point.

There is a ruined building nearby (an early church or later private chapel?) and a small graveyard. The stones are tucked away under some thorn trees and quite difficult to locate as they are encrusted in a thick layer of moss.

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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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