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CIIC 163. Ballintaggart IX (Baile an tSagairt), Co. Kerry

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National Monuments Service Record Number: KE053-033013-

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Site of church and old burial gound (An Cheallúnach or An Lisín). 'This circular enclosure crowns the summit of a low, but prominent, hillock between Dingle Harbour and Trabeg. The site of a church is shown within the enclosure on the OS maps, but nothing more is known about this, and no visible trace survives. Children were still being interred there in the burial ground in the mid-19th century' (Cuppage et al 1986, 264). The current stone enclosure, approximately 30m in diameter, is 'only a portion of the original site and was built up by a landlord sometime prior to 1847' (Devane 2001, 372). Macalister (1945, 151-7) recorded nine ogham stones collected together at the site. These 'mostly pulvinar' or oval water-rolled boulders resemble the stones found 'about 6 miles away' at Minard storm beach. Eight of the nine stones are now arranged in a circle within the stone enclosure with the ninth placed centrally. Apart from the ogham stones, the interior consists of 'a confusion of low mounds and low upright grave markers' (Cuppage et al 1986, 264). A tenth ogham stone was discovered in the 1980's but only protrudes 24cm above the ground (Devane 2001, 369).


Sandstone, 1.04m x 0.56m x 0.18m (converted from Macalister 1945, 156)

'There is a cross with expanding terminals between the lines of the inscription: it is inverted with respect to the writing, and must, therefore, be a subsequent addition' (Macalister 1945, 157). It is noteworthy, however, that the scores of the N of LAMINACCA are unusually slanted. This may be due to the influence of the preceding M or it may be to avaoid the arm of the already present cross.


'Lettering pocked on two sides (up-top-down) much worn, especially towards the end. As a result of the absence of the stemline the letters tend to overlap a little. The last name [DOVINIAS] cannot be entirely deciphered, with close attention, except the vowels IA, which cannot be traced' (Macalister 1945, 156). McManus' (1991, 66) reading with nothing clear after DO of the final word is in agreement with what can be read on the 3D model. However, faint traces of many of the scores can be made out wit the help of raking light on the high resolution 3d model.




? here son of the descendant of Duibne


  • 'KOI, which is invariably written with the first supplementary character (see Ogham alphabet) and is alone among formula words in not being attested later, has been explained as a word defining locality, 'here', analogous to HIC IACIT in the British inscriptions though it is never used in these ' (McManus 1991, 119).

  • The first name (NETTA-LAMINACCA) consists of the element NET(T)A 'champion' and an unknown second element (McManus 1991, 109-110).

  • All but one of the inscriptions containing the tribal name DOVINIAS ('of Duibne') have been found on the Dingle peninsula, barony of Corkaguiney (Corcu Duibne), which got its name from that tribe or sept (McManus 1991, 111).



This stone came from the cairn or the nearby 'tombs' (Cuppage et al 265) in the townland of Ballintaggart and barony of Corkaguiney. (GPS coordinates -10.243303,52.127798)



Last Recorded

On site inside stone enclosure. The present location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie.

History of Recording

first mentioned, 1804 Vallancey (Macalister 1945, 151).


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