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CIIC 197. Coolmagort I, Co. Kerry

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'of Daig son of the descendant of Toicacas?'


As noted by others, including McManus (1991, 53, 112), three of the seven stones at this site appear to commemorate members of the kin group of *Toicacas. This name has been equated by MacNeill (1911, 69, n.1.) with the population known as Tóecraige. McManus (1991, 79) also mentions the use of the supplementary character K with in TOICAKI in this inscription, which is confirmed by TOICACI and TOICAC on CIIC 198 and 200.

Mahon (1990, 13) has convincingly suggested an identification for three of the names of the descendants of *Toicacas occurring on both this stone and on CIIC 198 to be found 'at the head of the Rawlinson B.502 genealogy for the Glasraige'.

The personal name DEGOS (Daig, gen. Dego 'flame, blaze' (McManus 1991, 107)) also occurs as DEAGOS on CIIC 281 (Drumlohan X, Co. Waterford).

The case ending in DEGOS has been restored (presumably by the lapidary who carved the inscription) but the fact that it was initally ommitted suggests that the process of apocope had already begun. Also, vowel affection is present where the U of MUCOI has been lowered to O. This indicates a date of approximately the end of the 5th century (McManus 1991, 94, 97)

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