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CIIC 215. Whitefield I, Co. Kerry

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National Monuments Service Record Number: KE057-107----

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The souterrain, not marked on the OS maps, is locally reputed to have been located on the NW side of Baunclune House, but no surface trace of it remains.


1 of 4 stones (also CIIC 216, CIIC 217, CIIC 218) probably from a souterrain, According to Brash (1879, 190) 'a hard, close-grained slab of clay-slate', 1.14m x 0.30m x 0.13m (converted from Macalister 1945, 209).


Up-top-down. Towards the end of the inscription the carver has been 'confused by the turn of the angle, and he has, consequently, written Q instead of N. But his intention cannot be doubted' (Macalister 1945, 209). There would appear to be extra space left between ALATTO and CELI (represented by 'vac.' below). This occassional use of space to seperate words in ogham (see also CIIC 118 Monataggart I, Co. Cork) is discussed by Moffat (2011, 290).




'of Allaid follower of Báethíne''


  • This is one of the few ogham inscriptions with an undamaged and clear use of the formula word CELI (Old Irish céile 'client, vassal, fellow; devotee, follower' (McManus 1991, 51). However, McManus notes the possibility that this could be 'a possessive genitive type ['(son) of'] with the name CELI-BATTIGNI' (McManus 1991, 171, n.19)..

  • This is one of the inscriptions listed by McManus (1991, 94-5) in which apocope (loss of final consonants or syllables) begins to show itself (ALATTO (earlier -OS; cf.CIIC 5. ALATTOS MAQI BR... at Rusheens East, Co. Mayo). On this basis it may be dated to the first half of the sixth century (McManus 1991, 97).

  • The personal name ALATTO(S) appears to be Old Irish Allaid 'wild' and BATTIGNI, with a diminutive suffix, Old Irish Báethíne from Báeth 'foolish' (McManus 1991, 106-7).



Found in a souterrain in the townland of Whitefield, barony of Dunkerron North. Exact coordinates unknown. (GPS coordinates, approximate loaction only -9.702644,52.085442)



Last Recorded

Kerry County Museum (KCM LI992:31, NMI Reg. W9), Tralee. The present location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie. (GPS coordinates -9.706264, 52.266705)

History of Recording

first mentioned, 1853 The MacGillicuddy. 'Four stones inscribed with Ogham writing were exhibited by The MacGillicuddy of the Reeks at the Dublin Exhibition of 1853, and were presented by him to the Royal Irish Academy in the following year' (Macalister 1945, 208).


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