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CIIC 23. Colbinstown V, Co. Kildare

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© 2018-10-10

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National Monuments Service Record Number: KD032-044005-

Site Type




The site, a gravel mound known as Killeen Cormac (Cell Ingen Cormaic/Cell Fhine Cormaic?) is classified as a 'Burial Ground', but may be regarded as an important early ecclesiastical site. A recent geophysical survey of the site (Greene 2013, 26-47) shows traces of a trivallate enclosure of which the burial ground is just the nucleus of a much more extensive early Christian foundation. Seven ogham stones were originally found at this site, at least one of which was broken up and re-used in the construction of a surrounding wall in the late 19th century (Macalister 1945, 26). One of the ogham stones, currently on display in the National Museum of Ireland, is a bilingual stone (rare in Ireland) with both an ogham inscription and one in Latin (CIIC. 19 Colbinstown I).


One of originally seven ogham stones, (1.0m x 0.50m x 0.28m) (converted from Macalister 1945, 28).


'Very fine scores...set at an unusual slope with reference to the stemline. Only two vowel notches remain' (Macalister 1945, 28). Macalister's initial A, the second S and the M are unclear.


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discovered lying underneath one of revetment-slabs in the N of the graveyard (Macalister and Praeger 1929, 258) at Killeen Cormac in the townland of Colbinstown and barony of Narragh and Reban East. (GPS coordinates -6.760801, 53.028514)


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Last Recorded

Re-erected close to where it was found in the graveyard. The present location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie.

History of Recording

Discovered during excavation of the site in 1929 (Macalister and Praeger 1929, 257).


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