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CIIC 150. Ballinrannig III (BAILE AN REANNAIGH), Co. Kerry

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© 2016-06-18

© 2016-06-18

National Monuments Service Record Number: KE042-057008-

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).


'Slate' (Macalister 1945, 146), 1.16m x 0.34m x 0.14m (Cuppage 1986, 251).


The inscription is on two diametrically opposed angles (up-down), although only a few scores survive on the second angle, which Macalister (1945, 146) interpreted as DOVVINIAS. On the first angle, the initial letters of the personal name are not clear and Cuppage (1986, 251) disagrees with Macalister's initial GR. When visited in 2016 the stone was partially covered in moss and lichen, making the inscription difficult to read, particularly in the problem areas at the beginning and end of the inscription.


Macalister (1945, 146): GṚAVICAS MAQI MUCOI/ [DO(?)]VVỊṆỊẠṢ
Cuppage (1986, 251): [  ̣  ̣ ?   ̣  ̣]NAVICAS MAQI MUCO[I]/ [  ̣  ̣ ?   ̣  ̣]S
McManus(1991, 66): G̣ṚAVICAS MAQI MUCO[  ̣  ̣ ?   ̣  ̣]/





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 151 were moved by Lord Ventry to the grounds of Burnham House (now Coláiste Íde), between Dingle and Ventry, 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-10.306267, 52.126711)

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 Orla Breslin, a participant on the Corca Dhuibhne 3d project, using Structure from Motion 3d technology.


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