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CIIC 195. Rathmalode I, Co. Kerry

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National Monuments Service Record Number: KE042-165---

Site Type

Souterrain in ringfort/rath



A 'densely-overgrown rath (KE045-035----) is located in wet pastureland on a S facing slope overlooking the valley of the Emlagh river. The interior is planted with coniferous trees and the hut-site and souterrain which occupied the centre of the interior have been interfered with considerably. It was reputedly from this souterrain that 2 ogham stones were removed for use as door-lintels in buildings in the adjacent townland of Lougher... Hut-site (KE045-035001-) and Souterrain (KE045-035002-): A curving earth and stone bank in the centre of the interior may represent the N half of a circular hut. It is 2.5m wide and .25m high. A considerable quantity of stone has been removed from this area in the past (local information). Directly S of this is a shallow depression which apparently marks the location of a small, stone-built souterrain (local information)' (Cuppage 1986, 179).


The stone is broken at the top. 1.04m x 0.28m x 0.10m (Cuppage 1986, 179)


The inscription is up on the dexter angle. 'The top of the stone is lost and with it the end of the second name'. There are two vowel notches 'just before the fracture' and following the initial V of a probable kin group ancestor (Macalister 1945, 190). This end of the stone 'including the last 4 letters of the inscription [COI V..], are concealed by the wooden base in which the stone now stands [up-side-down with regard to Macalister's diagram and reading] and Macalister's reading of this section could not be verified. However, the visible scores are all clearly legible and there is little disagreement in previous accounts as to the reading of the inscription' (Cuppage 1986, 179).




'of Corc son of the descendant of V?'




Discovered over the door of a cottage in Lougher townland in the barony of Corkaguiney. National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie.


GPS coordinates of possible original location -9.992082, 52.171589

Last Recorded

Part of the National Museum of Ireland collection (NMI Ref. W.8), Dublin, but currently on loan to Musáem Chorca Dhuibhne, Ballyferriter (www.westkerrymuseum.com). (GPS coordinates -10.405999, 52.166581)

History of Recording

Discovered by Hitchcock in 1853 over the door of a cottage and taken by him to Dublin for presentation to the R.I.A. Collection (Macalister 1945, 190). 'It formerly acted as a souterrain lintel in a rath in Rathmalode townland, and though Macalister (1945, 189) described the fort as 'small and erased', this is the only known ringfort in the townland and is therefore the probable provenance' (Cuppage 1986, 179).


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