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CIIC 211. Kilcoolaght East VI, Co. Kerry

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© COPYRIGHT, 2009 2015-08-19

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National Monuments Service Record Number: KE065-003008-

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).


0.67m x 0.22m x 0.13m (O'Sullivan et al 1996, no. 950). Macalister (1945, 205) gives the height as 3 feet 7 and a half inches (1.1m).


'The inscription pocked and rubbed on two angles (up-top-down)... The I of MAQI is broken away, but otherwise the inscription is perfectly clear' (Macalister 1945, 205). O'Sullivan et al (1996, no. 950) recorded that 'the upper surface of the stone is spalled and the I of the second word and the initial two characters of the third word are no longer clear'. O'Kelly (1954, 108) corrected Macalister's RITTUVVECC to RITAVVECC. Although there is just about space enough for three notches, only one can be made out with any certainty. The initial RI was below ground level in August 2015.




'of Rethach son of F?'


  • The name RITTAVVECC also probably occurs in an inscription from Church Island, Co. Kerry (post syncope, early OIr form: RITTECC) and on CIIC 250. (with an earlier, pre-apocope form: RITTAVVECAS) from Corkaboy, Co. Kerry. A later form of this name survives in the name of the neighbouring Barony, Iveragh (Íbh Ráthach) (McManus 1991, 70).



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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Last Recorded

In a modern enclosure in a large field on private land. The present location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie.

History of Recording

According to Brash (1879, 228), the site was visited on several occasions by Windele and by Brash himself in 1869.


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