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CIIC 178. Coumeenole North (COM DHÍNEOL THUAIDH), Co. Kerry

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Transcription

ERC MAQI MAQI-ERCIAṢ ṂỤ DOVIṆIẠ

Translation

'of Erc son of Mac-Erce descendant? of Duibne'

Commentary

The preservation of the -S in MAQI-ERCIAS in combination with its loss in DOVINIA and the loss of -I in ERC 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. 125. Rooves More II, Cork (MAQI-ERCIAS MAQI VALAMNI); 169. Ballyeightragh, Kerry (MAQI-LIAG MAQI-ERCA); 175. Burnham West, Kerry (MAQI-ERCCIA MAQQI MUCOI DOVINIA); 205. Derrygariff, Kerry (S ... BNAG M[AQQ]I-RC̣IA ); 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).

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