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CIIC 208. Kilcoolaght East III, Co. Kerry

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National Monuments Service Record Number: KE065-003006-

Site Type

Burial ground



'Kilcoolaght Burial Ground/Cill Chuallachta (KE065-003001-): This site is located N of Macgillycuddy's Reeks on slightly elevated ground, a short distance W of the Finglas river. Described as a 'fort' and a 'burial ground' in the OSNB (Killorglin, 38), it is depicted on the first edition of the OS map as a small circular enclosure. It was described by Brash (1879, 228) as 'slightly raised above the level of the field, and about fifteen feet in diameter; it had evidently been much larger, but has been encroached on . . . [It] is an irregular circle without any fence, and stuck full of Dallans, from 12 in. to 4 ft. in height, several of which are inscribed’. Brash also recorded a tradition that a church (KE065-003003-) formerly stood on a rectangular area of untilled ground ‘a few yards from the cilleen'. No trace of this church is now apparent' (O'Sullivan et al 1996, no. 950).


Macalister (1945, 203) describes it as the 'extreme top of a stone' but gives no dimensions or drawing. O'Sullivan et al (1996, no. 950) records that 'this can probably be identified with an inscribed and partly buried fragment in the SE quadrant of the modern enclosure. It measures .3m x .12m and bears at least four characters'. However, on visiting the site to scan the stones and fragments in August 2015, this fragment could not be identified.


Macalister (1945, 203) states that the U is 'preceded by the last score of a letter on the B side. Too fragmentary for completion'.


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along with a number of other ogham stones and fragments in a small area of a field (recorded as a burial ground) in the townland of Kilcoolaght East and barony of Dunkerron North. (GPS coordinates -9.745808, 52.073955)


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History of Recording

Gippert suggests that Macalister has confused this fragment with his no. VIII (CIIC 213), which seems plausible considering the lack of information supplied by Macalister on this fragment and the fact that other early reporters such as Brash and Ferguson don't mention this fragment.


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