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Tullaherin II, Co. Kilkenny

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National Monuments Service Record Number: KK024-062009-

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Although this ogham stone was found at Loughboreen, it is believed to have originated at Tullaherin early ecclesiastical site, possibly to be equated with Tulach Inmuinn mentioned in the annals. This important site is associated with saint Ciarán of Saigir and has an 11th century round tower, an 11th-15th century ruined church and a second ogham stone, which was discovered on site in the 19th century (Manning 1998, 19-39).


1.56m x 0.51m x 0.26m . 'The face of the stone has been spalled away both at the top and the bottom ' (McManus 1991, 75).


Damage to the stone has removed 'scores which might have been present and the arris on both sides are fractured and rugged, making an accurate reading of vowels impossible' (McManus 1991, 75). In addition to McManus' reading D ... T up one angle and M[U]C[OI ... R ... G up the second, an extra five scores (N) can be made out on the top of the stone, presumably a continuation of M[U]C[OI ... R ... G. This also suggests that the D ... T on the first angle may be the remains of a seperate inscription. While there is enough space for another letter between the G and the N, nothing now remains. The metal bar through the top center of the stone (for hanging a gate) left a hole in the 3d data. This has been filled for presentation purposes.


D[ ... ]T M[U]C[OI ... ]R[ ... ]G[ ... ]N





found acting as a gate-post at Loughboreen, between Bennetsbridge and Thomastown (McManus 1991, 75).


GPS coordinates of possible original location -7.130026, 52.579280

Last recorded

On site at Tullaherin close to the round tower. The present location of this stone may be accessed via the National Monuments Service Historic Environment viewer on www.archaeology.ie (Publicly accessible).

History of Recording

Believed to have been removed from Tullaherin monastic site and used as a gate post on lands of Lar Mahon at Loughboreen for 30 years until re-discovered and recorded by Fionnbarr Moore in 1983 and returned to Tullaherin.


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