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National Monuments Service Record Number: KE106-114----

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This stone lay partly buried on Derrynane strand [below tide-mark] prior to being erected in its present [nearby] position by the OPW in the 1940s (Extract from ASI database, www.archaeology.ie).


'Sandstone grit', 2.11m x 0.51m x 0.30m (Converted from Macalister 1945, 214).


'Inscription pocked and rubbed on two angles (up sin.-down dex.). The writing is much worn... The LL might be S, and it has been so read: it might even be V, as the first score is a little uncertain. 1I5 [5th score of first I] is gone with a spall, which has also destroyed the middle of the following G1. There is an A-like notch upon G1 where it crosses the line, but this is merely a freak of fracture. The following N is very faint, but traceable: the I which comes next is practically invisible, as is also the B-half of the M of MAQ. The A of this word is gone, but the Q is perfectly clear: there is no room for a final I. The vowels have to be supplied in the following word by the length of the interspaces as they are all worn away: of the consonants, the N is scarcely traceable, the H half of the R is visible, but the B half can only just be seen. The C is quite clear. There is no evidence of a following vowel. The B-surface of the dexter angle has been battered away, so that nothing of it is left but the H-half of the M (doubtless the initial of mucoi), the distal tips of a Q and a C, and perhaps one notch of the final vowel' (Macalister 1945, 214-5). McManus (1991, 171, note 16) raised doubts about the reading of Macalister and O'Sullivan et al (1996, no. 913) recorded that 'only three scores of Macalister's double L are apparent, and the first I and G are poorly preserved. The following N and I are not visible, while only the Q in the following word is apparent. The I, N and E of the third word are not visible and only the terminals of the scores representing R survive. None of the inscription recorded by Macalister on the stone's dexter angle is now apparent'. On the 3d model the LL (or possibly S) is evident, as are the remains of the IG. Only the Q survives of MAQ and it looks as if it has been re-cut. Regrding the father's name, only four scores towards the top of the stone can be identified with any certainty, presumably the -C of Macalister's MINERC. Apart from the remains of a possible M at the top of the opposite angle, nothing else of Macalister's reading is identifiable.


ANM ḶḶATỊG̣[NI] Ṃ[A]Q [MINE]ṚC/ Ṃ[UCOI Q  ̣  ̣ ?   ̣  ̣CI?]





partly buried, below tide-mark, on Derrynane strand, in the barony of Dunkerron South (Macalister 1945, 214) (GPS coordinates -10.120766, 51.763611).


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Last Recorded

Re-erected on the shore close-by in Derrynane Bay. The present location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie. (GPS coordinates -10.121919, 51.764123)

History of Recording

First noted by Macalister in 1939 (PRIA 45, 14).


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