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Bullaun Stone

<b>Rathdrum</b>Posted by ryanerImage © ryaner
Nearest Town:Tullamore (8km SW)
OS Ref (IE):   N407286 / Sheet: 48
Latitude:53° 18' 22.1" N
Longitude:   7° 23' 21.8" W

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When I first knocked at the door of the house and asked for the bullaun stone of the lady of the house, I was met with curiosity and puzzlement. Then I mentioned the wart stone and she pointed over my shoulder and laughed. Just then, the man of the house came out (they were just finishing their dinner – taken at lunchtime in many houses in rural Ireland) and accompanied me over to the stone. He had lots of tales of the many people who come here from all over Ireland, and the world, for the cure.

He related a story of a neighbour's boy, a three-year-old that had been to the Mater hospital "up in Dublin" with warts that were covering his hands. The doctors did their best with surgery and medicine but still the warts grew back. Somebody told the parents of the stone and they brought the boy here, washed his hands in the water that collects in it (I asked if he ever puts water in the stone and he said no, the water is only ever what collects naturally) and the warts went, never to come back.

He had other tales of a burial chamber on his land, water divination and the hanging of a priest on the road at the front of his property. He also told me that the structure beside the stone, and the little enclosure that the stone rests on, were built around the stone and that he would never dream of moving it. A very friendly and accommodating man.
ryaner Posted by ryaner
14th September 2013ce