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CIIC 147. Ballineesteenigh (BAILE AN ÍSTÍNIGH), Co. Kerry

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Transliteration

MOINẸNA MAQI OLACON

Translation

'Of M son of Olchú'

Commentary

This is one of the inscriptions listed by McManus (1991, 94) in which apocope (loss of final consonants or syllables) begins to show itself (MOINENA (earlier -AS), OLACON (earlier -AS)). This suggests that it may be dated to the first half of the sixth century (McManus 1991, 97).

The persosnal name OLACON(AS) is a compound of OL-, possibly OIr. oll 'great, ample' (ogham L can represent L or LL), and -CONAS 'dog, hound, wolf' (McManus 1991, 102, 177 (n.7)).

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