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CIIC 175. Burnham West (BAILE AN GHÓILÍN), Co. Kerry

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© 2016-06-18

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National Monuments Service Record Number: KE000-002----

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The original site of this stone is unknown. It was included in Lord Ventry's 19th-century collection of ogham stones at Burnham House, now Coláiste Íde (Cuppage 1986, 254; Macalister 1945, 167-8).


'A pulvinar resembling the Ballintaggart group', 1.02m x 0.38m x 0.33m (Converted from Macalister 1945, 167).


The inscription runs up-top-down. 'The scores are of small size, those of the vowels and the consonants being of about the same length, and distinguished by position only... The engraver had to reduce his exuberant double consonants toward the end of the inscription for want of space' (Macalister 1945, 167-8). 'Many of the scores are extremely faint and only the last word can now be traced in full' (Cuppage 1986, 254)




'Of Mac-Erce son of the descendant of Duibne'


  • The loss of final -S in DOVINIA and probably MAQQI-ERCCIA suggests dating this inscription to the first half of the sixth century (McManus 1991, 95, 97).

  • MAQ(Q)I- (gen. of MAQQAS), as a first element meaning 'devotee' or the like, rather than 'son', and Erc? (a divine name) 'heaven' or 'cow'? (McManus 1991, 107, 108-9).

  • cp. CIIC 125. Rooves More II, Cork (MAQI-ERCIAS MAQI VALAMNI); CIIC 169. Ballyeightragh, Kerry (MAQI-LIAG MAQI-ERCA); CIIC 178 Coomeenole, Kerry (ERC MAQI MAQI-ERCIAS MU DOVINIA); CIIC 205. Derrygariff, Kerry (S ... BNAG M[AQQ]I-RC̣IA ); CIIC 262. Seemochuda, Waterford (ERCAGNI MAQ[I-ERCIAS]).

  • 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).



The original site of this stone is unknown. It was first noted in its current location at Burnham House/Coláiste Íde (Macalister 1945, 167-8), in the townland of Burnham West and barony of Corkaguiney.



Last Recorded

At Burnham House (now Coláiste Íde), between Dingle and Ventry. 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

This stone was first noted as one of Lord Ventry's collection of ogham stones at Burnham House. It was recorded for the Ogham in 3D project in 2017 by Kathleen Reen, a participant on the Corca Dhuibhne 3d project, using Structure from Motion 3d technology.


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