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CIIC 20. Colbinstown II, Co. Kildare

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National Monuments Service Record Number: KD032-044002-

Site Type

Ecclesiastical

Description

Site

The site, a gravel mound known as Killeen Cormac (Cell Ingen Cormaic/Cell Fhine Cormaic?) is classified as a 'Burial Ground', but may be regarded as an important early ecclesiastical site. A recent geophysical survey of the site (Greene 2013, 26-47) shows traces of a trivallate enclosure of which the burial ground is just the nucleus of a much more extensive early Christian foundation. Seven ogham stones were originally found at this site, at least one of which was broken up and re-used in the construction of a surrounding wall in the late 19th century (Macalister 1945, 26). One of the ogham stones, currently on display in the National Museum of Ireland, is a bilingual stone (rare in Ireland) with both an ogham inscription and one in Latin (CIIC. 19 Colbinstown I).

Monument

Fragment (rest missing, approx. 11) of 1 of 7 Ogam stones, broken up and re-used in the construction of a wall (Macalister 1945, 22, 24-5).

Text

up-top-down (based on diagram of paper-cast in Macalister). Fragment may correspond to Macalister's first of 'three sketches of these fragments, drawn by Mr Fitzgerald in 1893': Q45ID [from maQI D(dec-)].

Transcription

Macalister (from cast)
MAQI-DDEC[CEDA] MAQI MARIN

Translation

'of Mac-Deichet son of Marinus'

Commentary

  • MARIN – Latin name Marinus (McManus 1991, 113).

  • The reason for duplication of the initial D of -DDECCEDA is unclear, as there is much variation in the spelling of this name (McManus 1991, 125-6). cp. CIIC 66. Faunkill and the Woods, Cork (MAQI-DECCEDDAS), CIIC 159. Ballintaggart, Kerry (MAQI-DECCeDA MAqi GLASICONAS), 184. Gortnagullenagh, Kerry (MAQQI-DECEDDA MAQQI CATUVIR), CIIC 203. Coolmagort, Kerry (MAQI-DECEDA MAq[  ̣  ̣ ?   ̣  ̣]).

Locations

Found

In graveyard of Killeen Cormac in townland of Colbinstown and barony of Narragh and Reban East. The original location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie. (GPS coordinates -6.760974,53.028545)

Original

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Last recorded

National Museum of Ireland (NMI Ref. 1929:1213), Dublin. The present location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie. (GPS coordinates -6.254558,53.340408)

History of Recording

Found by Rev. J. Shearman, first mentioned 1865. Paper-cast of stone, prior to its destruction, was made by S. Ferguson, from which the diagram in Macalister is based.

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