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CIIC 300. Island, Co. Waterford

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Transcription

CUN[A]NETAS MAQ/I MMUC/[OI] NETA-SEGAMONAS

Translation

'of Conda son of the descendant of Nad-Segamon'

Commentary

This is one of the inscriptions listed by McManus (1991, 93-4) to be among the earliest in the corpus showing no trace of vowel affection. It may be dated to the first half, or the early second half, of the fifth century (McManus 1991, 97).

The personal name CUN[A]NETAS (OIr. Conda for Conne) contains the commonly occuring element CUNA- and may be translated 'champion of wolves' (McManus 1991, 102, 106).

The kindred or sept name NETA-SEGAMONAS consists of the element Nad- 'sister's son, champion' and a personal name Segamon (McManus 1991, 109-10, 112). One theory is that this may be the Gaulish name Segomo (McManus 1991, 179 n. 46). It is noteworthy that a Nia-Segamon is listed in the historical sources as a prehistoric king of Cashel (Bhreathnach 2014, 43-4). The fact that MUCOI NETA SEGAMONAS '(of) the descendant of Nad/Nia-Segamon' is also found on an ogham stone at nearby Ardmore I (CIIC. 263) and possibly also Knockboy (CIIC. 292) may suggest that this was a dynasty which controlled the area of west Waterford in the 5th century.

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