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CIIC 31. Fiddaun_Upper, Co. Kilkenny

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© 2020-06-29

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National Monuments Service Record Number: KK029-020----

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The ogham stone stands in a field over 1km uphill from the road on private land. It is located approximately 150m south of the townland (Raheendonore) and parish (Graiguenamanagh) boundary.


Grit, 2.06m x 0.76m x 0.50m (Converted from Macalister 1945, 35-6). The stone is unevenly shaped and pointed at the top.


Inscribed on both angles of the west face, 'upward on the left and downward on the right' (up-down). 'The scores appear to have been pocked in broad shallow scores, but it is impossible to be certain of this so severely have they suffered from the wear of weather and of scratching cattle'. Macalister (1940, 92) goes on to speculate that 'the second angle has been wilfully mutilated'.


DRUG̣[NO] ṂẠQ[I]/ M[U]C̣OỊ [  ̣  ̣ ?   ̣  ̣]ṆAMỊ


'of Drón son of the descendant of...'


  • Macalister (1940, 93) suggested that 'the name DRUGNO is identical with that of the family of Uí Dróna, whose territory (the Carlow baronies of Idrone) extend to within seven miles of the site of the stone' (see also (McManus 1991, 179, n.34). This name is also found in inscription CIIC 167: DROGNO (Ballyandreen, Co. Kerry) and also possibly in CIIC 165: [D]ROGNO (Ballintermon, Co. Kerry).



Discovered in its present location in the townland of Fiddaun Upper and barony of Gowran. (Private land. GPS coordinates -7.037871, 52.522596).


Find location probably original site.

Last recorded

On site protected by a small wooden fence. 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 by W.J. Pilsworth around 1940 and first published shortly afterwards (Pilsworth and Macalister 1940, 92-3). The landowner commented (June 2020) that there is a local tradition that the stone was moved to this spot from somewhere else but there is no written record of this to my knowledge. The stone was recorded in 3d (in collaboration with Digital Heritage Age) in 2020 as an action of the County Kilkenny Heritage Plan Programme, funded by the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council and the Heritage Council.


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