Ogham Stones

This was the sixth site myself and Anne, my travelling companion for the day, visited on our mini tour of South Kilkenny. I knew the ogham stones were located in a private graveyard, but I didn't expect to be climbing a ladder to gain entry. Supposedly, a key can be obtained from the farmhouse opposite the graveyard, unfortunately nobody knew where the key was. The farmer, John, kindly gave us a ladder to scale the high wall. He even helped to carry the ladder to the graveyard, some 100 metres from the farmyard. So big thanks to John for his geniality.

The two ogham stones are lying prostrate in the middle of the graveyard. I had read that the inscriptions were indiscernible, but this is not the case, according to Macalister, R.A.S. (1945) the inscription on Lamoge I, which has the top broken off, reads: SEVERRIT [...]TAIS and offers the expansion, SEVERRIT [MAQI MUCOI ROT]TAIS.

Lamoge II has also suffered some damage at the top, but this does not affect the inscription, which according to Macalister reads: DOVATUCI [A]VI TULOTANAGIA. A few headstones can be seen protruding from the long grass but there are scant remains of the church on site.

Situated: Travelling south through Windgap in Kilkenny on the R698, take a left turn opposite Guinan's Pub. The graveyard is 2.8 kilometres down here in a field on your left. look for the walled enclosure.

Discovery Map 67: S 4310 3297. Last visit July 2017.

Longitude: 7° 21' 57" W

Latitude: 52° 26' 48" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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