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CIIC 16. Rathglass, Co. Carlow

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© 2017-03-26

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National Monuments Service Record Number: CW013-018001-

Site Type

Standing stone pair



Standing in a field, on an east-west aligned low ridge.


1 of a pair of coarse-grained granite stones standing 3m apart. Ogham-inscribed stone to the east tapers to a point (Macalister 1945, 19). W stone: 1.5m x 0.8m x 0.5m; E (Ogham) stone: 1.3m x 0.62m x 0.82m. Chocking stones of both sockets exposed (Brindley and Kilfeather 1993, 14).


On 2 angles of eastern stone facing its companion, up-up (Macalister 1945, 19).




'of Donnáed son of Marianus'


  • The personal name DUNAIDONAS contains the elements DUN(A)- (probably don(n) 'dun, brown'; cf. DOVAIDONA[S], Dubáed with dub 'black') and one of the most frequently occurring elements in final position, -AIDONAS (áed 'fire'), with the composition vowel 'a' elided before the initial vowel of -AIDONAS (McManus 1991, 103, 117).

  • MARIANI is an example of a genitive form of a Latin name, Marianus, also found on CIIC 188 Kinard East, Co. Kerry (McManus 1991, 113).

  • Both of these namse display pre-apocope endings suggesting that the inscription is pre-6th century (McManus 1991, 103, 116).



Standing stones 3m apart on an east-west aligned ridge in townland of Rathglass and barony of Rathvilly. (GPS coordinates -6.720154, 52.784779)


Find location probably original site

Last recorded

On find site (26/3/10: Ogham stone fallen over in bad weather. Re-visit 26/3/17: Ogham stone re-erected by farmer). The present location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie.


First mentioned in 'Irish Independant' 26th Nov 1910 by McDonnell, P. (Macalister 1945, 19)


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