[Ogham stone, Aghadoe]

Upright stone with Ogham inscription, Aghadoe, Co. Kerry.

This stone is recorded by Macalister (record 242, no. II), who notes Chatterton’s description, remarking that ‘it is not a very great compliment, but she was certainly the best copyist of Ogham writing of her time’ (p. 238). The stone, which may have already been damaged when sketched by Chatterton, is now in three pieces. They are located, not in the grounds of Aghadoe House, but cemented together in a horizontal position on top of the partially rebuilt south wall of the chancel of the ruined church or ‘cathedral’ of Aghadoe, in the townland of Parkavonear.
Note: It is Aghadoe House (rebuilt after a fire in 1922 and now the Killarney International Youth Hostel) which is shown as the stone’s position on the map in this database, as reflecting more closely what the author of the travel account saw. The stone’s present coordinates are: 52.074676, -9.571728. The base of the round tower, where Lord Headley originally found it, is just about 20 metres north of this.
Archaeological Survey of Ireland, at http://webgis.archaeology.ie/NationalMonuments/FlexViewer/, record KE066-016005-.
R.A.S. Macalister, Corpus inscriptionum insularum celticarum, Vol. 1 (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1945), record 242, no. II.
Ogham in 3D, Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies, https://ogham.celt.dias.ie.

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Woodcuts
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites
Geographical Location
  • Aghadoe - 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. 231
Source copy James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland Galway Special Collections: 914.190481 CHA
Rights James Hardiman Library

Related text from travel account

Aghadoe is a neat little church, only lately finished, and its quiet churchyard, as yet unoccupied by the dead, commands a charming view.
We afterwards walked over Lord Headley’s beautiful grounds and gardens; they are laid [p. 231] out with that good taste which stamps everything he does, and the most is made of one of the loveliest sites for a residence I ever saw.
He shewed us a stone engraven with the Ogham characters, which he found near the stump of the round tower in the burial-ground of old Aghadoe church. Weld and several antiquarians had mentioned the existence of this stone, but it seemed of late years to have been quite lost sight of. I was, therefore, particularly glad to discover it reposing safely in Lord Headley's pretty garden. The following is the sketch I made of it. [Vol. 1, p. 230-231]
Ogham stone, Aghadoe