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CIIC 205. Derrygariff, Co. Kerry. Macalister: Derrygarriv.

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National Monuments Service Record Number: DU018-357----

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'Derrygariff is a low ridge which runs S from Knocknagullion mountain and is located c. 6km NE of Parknasilla' (O'Sullivan et al 1996, p 242).


Rough sandstone, 0.64m x 0.24m x 0.22m with framed diagonal cross on face (O'Sullivan et al 1996, p 242).


Inscription 'poorly preserved', boustrophedon/up-top-down. Also, 'diagonal cross enclosed in a rough rectangular frame occurs on the face of the stone between the two inscribed angles.' According to Moore (unpub. MA thesis), cross contemporary or earlier than inscription (O'Sullivan et al 1996, 242). In aggreement with Moore, the 3D data shows that there is insufficient evidence for Macalister's possible M following the S and there is not enough space at the top of the stone for an E before the R. The AQQ of Macalister's MAQQI- and the C of his -ERCIA are not clear on the 3D model.




'? Mac-Erce?'


  • MAQ(Q)I- (gen. of MAQQAS), as a first element meaning 'devotee' or the like, rather than 'son', and Erc? (a divine name) 'heaven' or 'cow'? (McManus 1991, 107, 108-9).

  • cp. 125. Rooves More II, Cork (MAQI-ERCIAS MAQI VALAMNI); 169. Ballyeightragh, Kerry (MAQI-LIAG MAQI-ERCA); 175. Burnham West, Kerry (MAQI-ERCCIA MAQQI MUCOI DOVINIA); 178. Coumeenoole, Kerry (ERC MAQI MAQI-ERCIAS MU DOVINIA); 262. Seemochuda, Waterford (ERCAGNI MAQ[I-ERCIAS]).



'in the wood called Askive Woods ... opposite Parknasilla' (Macalister 1947, p 199) in the barony of Dunkerron North. Precise coordinates unknown. (GPS coordinates of approximate location only -9.641833,51.937202)



Last Recorded

National Museum of Ireland (NMI Ref. 1931:432), 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)


Found by Mr. F.C. Bland in Askive Woods, first noted 1897 (Macalister). Afterwards removed to Parknasilla House before being deposited, along with CIIC 223. Parknasilla, in the National Museum.


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