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CIIC 136. Ardfert I, Co. Kerry

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© Nora White 2014-08-08

© Nora White 2014-08-08

National Monuments Service Record Number: KE020-046018-

Site Type




Probable early ecclesiastical site - Ard Ferta (Breanainn). Remains inside the walled burial ground include 'a cathedral building [St Brendan's] that can be dated variously from the 11th to the 17th century, based on a study of its architecture. There are two other churches on the site, a late 12th-century church called 'Templenahoe' and a 15th-century chapel called 'Templenagriffin''. It is also the site of a round tower, which fell during a storm in 1771, and two ogham stones (Moore, 2007, 11, 37-8).


Micaceous grit, 1.22m x 0.30m x 0.28m (converted from Macalister 1945, 132).


On two angles (up-down), 'pocked in bold scores, but rendered unintelligible by someone who has chamfered most of it away ... The C, which has lost its distal ends, is the first letter of which any trace remains. After the T there is room for one (or at most two) notches, and then follow the distal ends of N, the proximal ends being spalled away. The rest of the letters on the dexter angle and the top have been lost with a large flake broken off from the B-surface. Before the Q there is a fracture which might be A, but this is improbable, as it is too insignificant in comparison with the bold notches of the O following - the only vowel of the inscription which survives. In any case we may not think of MAQ, for there is enough unbroken surface remaining in the appropriate place to preserve some part of the M score if it had ever been there. If there was a relation-word in the inscription it must have been AVI; but no attempt at restoration can be put forward with any assurance. Below the (now final) G the whole of the B-surface has been broken away, with all the remaining letters (including the B-half of G2)' (Macalister 1945, 132-3). Since Macalister's description a further section has broken away taking with it the second vowel notch of the O and most of the G.


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discovered in a field opposite the site of the former protestant church (Macalister 1945, 132) in the townland of Ardfert and barony of Clanmaurice. (GPS coordinates -9.781661, 52.328526)


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Last Recorded

Now on display in the south transcept of the Cathedral, just inside the door. National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie.

History of Recording

First mention by Macalister in 1945 (132-3)


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