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CIIC 171. Ballynahunt, Co. Kerry

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Transliteration

DUGẸNNG[I MA]QỊ RỌDỌS

Translation

'of Dogenc? son of Rúad?'

Commentary

The first name here is uncertain but may be made up of the negative prefix du-/do- and an early form of a rare noun genc 'snubnose' (Ziegler 1994, 174; McManus 1991, 105). The adjective genncach 'snubnosed' seems to be later used as a nickname (eDIL s.v. genncach).

Although the vowels are uncertain, the father's name would appear (if O) to be an early form of Rúad 'Red(-haired?)' (McManus 1991, 107).

The ending -OS (and possibly originally -I in DUGENNG[I]) would suggest a possible pre 6th century date (McManus 1991, 97).

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