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CIIC 152. Ballinrannig V (BAILE AN REANNAIGH), Co. Kerry

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© 2016-11-04

© 2016-11-04

National Monuments Service Record Number: KE042-057010-

Site Type

Burial ground and probable ecclesiastical site



'Cillvickillane/Cill Mhic Uíleáin: A large, grass-grown, sandy knoll, crowned by a single ogham stone, is located at the base of a small promontory on the S shore of Smerwick Harbour. It was here that a storm at the end of the 18th century exposed 7 ogham stones, a possible fragment of an ogham stone, a cross-inscribed stone, a number of graves and quantities of bone, and the ruins of several houses (Windele 1838, 145; Chatterton 1839, 190). Windele's sketch of the site shows the ogham stones set out in a rough semi-circle on top of the mound with a slab-lined grave positioned nearby. Chatterton describes the houses as being beyond the mound nearer the sea. Windele interpreted these as the remains of an ancient village, but it has also been suggested that one of the structures, roughly 20 feet x 12 feet (6 x 3.7m), was a church (Curran no. 21). Lord Ventry removed 6 of the ogham stones from the site in the mid-19th century; nos. 1 to 4 now line the driveway to Burnham House/Colaiste Íde, between Dingle and Ventry, and nos. 5 and 6 are preserved in the grounds of Chute Hall near Tralee. Only no.7 is still preserved on the original site' (Cuppage 1986, 250-2).


'Grit', 0.97m x 0.39m x 0.17m (Converted from Macalister 1945, 147). The top of the stone is damaged and some scores appear to be lost.


The inscription is pocked (up-top-down), damaged in places and quite worn. The inital letter appears to be a G. However, Macalister (1945, 147-8) argues that 'the halves are not in line, and moreover display a difference in craftsmanship... Apparently the lapidary made two scores on the wrong side, and was obliged to correct his error afterwards by putting two other scores on the right side'. He is perhaps correct in that the scores, although appearing at either side of the arris, cannot be said for certain to continue across the arris. However, the arris on this lower section is rather worn (note loss of vowel notches). Also, the scores to the left of the angle appear fainter than those to the right, although this could also be due to uneven weathering. Although not noted by Macalister, there appear to be the remains of 4 vowel notches on the shoulder of the stone between the N and final S with space for at least two more.


G̣/̣Ḷ[U]BB[IA]S MAQQ[I]/ [D(?)]N/ỊẠ?̣S





Exposed by a storm at the end of the 18th century, along with 6 other ogham stones (Cuppage 1986, 250), in the townland of Ballinrannig and barony of Corkaguiney. (GPS coordinates -10.388106, 52.178511)


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Last Recorded

In the mid 19th century this stone and CIIC 153 were moved by Lord Ventry to Chute Hall, near Tralee, where they remain today. The present location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie. (GPS coordinates-9.642423, 52.275865)

History of Recording

First recognised in 1782 by Pelham and recorded by Vallancey (1804) in Collectanea de Rebus Hibernicis 6, 226 (Macalister 1945, 144). This stone was recorded for the Ogham in 3D project in 2017 by Helena Zacharias, a participant on the Corca Dhuibhne 3d project, using Structure from Motion 3d technology.


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