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National Monuments Service Record Number: MA093-045003-

Site Type

Ecclesiastical

Description

Site

Possible early ecclesiastical site (Cill Mhainín) with a tradition of a Killeen.

Monument

Re-used in the construction of a church. 'Stratified sandstone', 1.22m x 0.51m x 0.3m (converted from Macalister 1945, 6).

Text

The stone is inscribed on all four angles with what appears to be two inscriptions (one surrounding each face, up-top-down), the second of which is unintelligible. In the latter, three letters from the end, 'S2 and S3 are seen to form a character resembling a 6, broken at the bottom', which Macalister (1945, 7) suggests looks like the U-forfid, but it could be just damage to the stone.

Transliteration

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 middle or second half of the sixth century owing to the absence 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).

Locations

Found

'built into the wall of an old church' (Macalister 1945, 6) at Kilmannin, barony of Costello. The original location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie. (GPS coordinates -8.765218,53.773045)

Original

Unknown

Last Recorded

National Museum of Ireland (NMI Ref. 1907:77), 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

First noted by a Sergeant Lyons in 1906 (Macalister 1945, 6) .

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