[Ogham stone, Kinard East]

Woodcut of phallic-looking stone inscribed with geometric motifs, in the ruined churchyard of Kinard East [Cinn Aird Thoir], Co. Kerry.

The decoration on the stone is described as 'an unusual cross inscription consisting of a rectangular outline divided into 4 roughly equal parts, the upper quadrants being similarly subdivided’(Cuppage). The stone possesses an ogham inscription and a further small, rudimentary cross not shown by Chatterton.
Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at http://webgis.archaeology.ie/NationalMonuments/FlexViewer/, record KE053-053005-.
Judith Cuppage (ed.), Archaeological Survey of the DIngle Peninsula (Ballyferriter: Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, 1986), record 863.
R.A.S. Macalister, Corpus inscriptionum insularum celticarum, Vol. 1 (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1945), record 188.

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Woodcuts
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites
Geographical Location
  • Kinard East - Townland
  • Kerry - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Antiquities, Inscriptions, Sculpture, Stelae
Colour Monochrome
Published / created 1839

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Rambles in the South of Ireland
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy Vol. 1, p. 220
Source copy James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland Galway Special Collections: 914.190481 CHA
Rights James Hardiman Library

Related text from travel account

In this little remote village [Kinard], all the cottages were well built, with real windows, and comfortable-looking chimneys; each being surrounded with a little sort of paved trottoir. I observed here, as at Ballyheigh, that the doors were so low as to oblige the inhabitants to stoop on entering, and so narrow that a fat person would find great difficulty to pass.
At last, I reached the ruined church of Kinard; and I found, among a thick growth of [p. 220] nettles and thistles, a curious stone, a drawing of which is here inserted; the marks upon it have been engraved with care, and resemble some of the inscriptions at Persepolis; indeed the Ogham character itself bears a striking similitude to the arrow-headed inscriptions found among the Persian ruins. [Vol. 1, p. 219-220]
Ogham stone, Kinard East