'Ballintombay Upper II' : Bullaun Stone

TownlandBallintombay Upper
CountyWicklow
Grid RefT 154 894
GPST 15437 89382 (3m)
Longitude6° 16' 57.39" W
Latitude52° 56' 34.3" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownRathdrum (3.8 Km)
OS Sheet62
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Ballintombay Upper I - Bullaun Stone
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Visit Notes

Monday, 4th May 2009

Spotting this stone is rather tricky. It is stood up on one side against an old, grassy field ditch under some trees and is covered in moss giving it perfect camouflage.

There are two well-formed bullauns in its roundish, flat surface. The underside of the stone suggests that it was originally earthfast. The mossy coat it now wears makes photographing this stone quite difficult, but it's a lovely example.

It used to stand at the base of the tree that now overhangs it, but was moved to where it is now when the field level was raised relatively recently.

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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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