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Kilgrovan VI, Co. Waterford

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National Monuments Service Record Number: WA031-045008-

Site Type

Ecclesiastical

Description

Site

Noted by Raftery (1969, 105) as a 'possible ringfort' but known locally as a killeen. A recent geophysical survey has confirmed the existence of an ecclesiastical enclosure (Purcell 2003, 6-8). Five other ogham stones from this site are now at Mount Melleray Cistercian monastery (CIIC 286-290).

Monument

'purple, slightly micaceous orthoquartzite of Old Red Sandstone age'; 0.98m x 0.42m x 0.13m; portion of stone broken off where stone narrows resulting in loss of beginning of inscription; end also chipped and uncertain; 'subjected to fracture cleavage' (Raftery 1969, 105).

Text

up-top(-down?). The 3D data would suggest a U rather than an O between M and G in the second word (transcription adjusted accordingly) and only five vowels notches can be made out at the end of the word suggesting an -I rather than -UU. However, there is a space between the fourth and fifth notch, which may indicate that a sixth vowel notch has worn away.

Transliteration

...U MAQI CUMUGODU/U MUCO[  ̣  ̣ ?   ̣  ̣]

Translation

Commentary

  • 'The name may contain the first two elements found in Comgán (com-ag-agnas) in which case the final -DUU may be for -DI or -DIA (-DIAS)' (McManus 1991, 73).

Locations

Found

Discovered during non-archaeological dig in townland of Kilgrovan and barony of Decies without Drum `in surface soil of an earthwork... which was destroyed by bulldozer' (Raftery 1969, 105). The original location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie. (GPS coordinates -7.548852,52.089619)

Original

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Last Recorded

National Museum of Ireland (NMI Ref. 1966:96), 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 in 1966, in townland of Kilgrovan. Noted by Raftery as one of National Museum acquisitions for that year.

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