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CIIC 4. Kilmannin, Co. Mayo

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Transcription

LUGADDON MAQ̣/I LUGU/DEC
DDISI/ MO ... C̣QUṢ/EL

Translation

'of Lugáed son of Luguid'

Commentary

Compound of two personal names (Lug, divine name and Aidonas), *lugu-aidonas, with compositional vowel u before vowel giving /w/ in 1. Inchagoill Island, Galway (Latin inscription – LUGUAEDON) but u lost/dropped in LUGADDON (McManus 1991, 117). However, this may 'reflect the reduction of the diphthong in unstressed position to /ə/' (McManus 1991, 121; Uhlich 1989, 131 n9).

Lug and Decas (*dek- 'to show respect') (McManus 1991, 103, 178 n.17), cp. 263. Ardmore, Waterford (LUGUDECAS); 286. Kilgrovan, Waterford (LUGUDECA); 108. Kilcullen South, Cork (LUGUDUC for -DEC?).

McManus (1991, 113) notes this inscription as an example of the repetition of an element of the father's name in the son's.

This inscription may be approximately dated to the the middle or second half of the sixth century owing to the abscence of endings in the names (-DON, earlier -DONAS; -DEC, earlier -DECAS) while the ending -I is retained in the formula word MAQI (McManus 1991, 95, 97).

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