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CIIC 66. Faunkill and the Woods, Co. Cork

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National Monuments Service Record Number: CO102-013----

Site Type

Standing stone

Description

Site

'On rockcrop overlooking Ballycrovane Harbour to W' (Power 1992, 124). Probably a prehistoric standing stone on which an ogham inscription was carved (Macalister 1945, 71).

Monument

4.70m x 1.02m x 0.32m (Note: Macalister converted has H 5.36m above ground). Stone narrows towards the top and is now supported at the base with concrete. The Ogham inscription is on the NW angle (Power 1992, 124).

Note: some ogham stones are more difficult to capture than others due to size, surface texture (e.g. lichen), weather conditions during field work, etc. Work on the best possible 3d model of this ogham stone is still underway. A 3d model will be available as soon as possible.

Text

Inscribed on one angle, up. Towards the end of the last name (approximately 10 feet above the ground) some of the scores curve to the right away from the angle as if the engraver was having difficulty reaching high enough to finish the inscription (Macalister 1945, 71).

Transcription

MAQI-DECCEDDAS AVI TURANIAS

Translation

'of Mac-Deichet Uí Thorna'

Commentary

  • There is much variation in the spelling of the name MAQI-DECCEDDAS but this is the only example surviving with the final consonant in tact and may be dated to the first half, or the early second half, of the fifth century (McManus 1991, 93, 97). See also CIIC 20. Colbinstown II, Kildare (MAQI-DDEC[CEDA] MAQI MARIN), CIIC 159. Ballintaggart, Kerry (MAQI-DECCeDA MAqi GLASICONAS), CIIC 184. Gortnagullenagh, Kerry (MAQQI-DECEDDA MAQQI CATUVIR), CIIC 203. Coolmagort, Kerry (MAQI-DECEDA MAq[  ̣  ̣ ?   ̣  ̣]).

  • The tribal/sept name TURANIAS may refer to the Uí Thorna 'who may originally have been the leading group among the Cíarraige, [and who] occupied the territory between Slíab Lúachra and the sea', although this stone is in the barony of Bear in Co. Cork (McManus 1991, 112).

Locations

Found

At present location in townland of Faunkill and the Woods, barony of Bear. (GPS coordinates -9.944582, 51.712874)

Original

Find location probably original site

Last recorded

On find site at Faunkill and the Woods. The present location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie.

History of Recording

First published by Brash 1874 (Macalister 1945, 70).

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