Parish Church and Ogham Stones

The Parish church of Seskinan is built on the site of an earlier church. The building is complete except for the roof. I entered the church through a pointed doorway, pictured bottom, in the south wall. Inside to the right, there is a stoup in the south wall and to the eastern end an aumbry. Pictured right is the window in the east gable. There is an ivy covered double bellcote over the west gable and another pointed doorway in the north wall. The main reason for my visit was to view the seven ogham stones that can be found on site. Five of these have been re-used as lintels, another as a voussior and the seventh ogham stone stands upright in the northwest corner.

East gable

Inner lintel of the window in the north wall.

Three of the easiest ogham stones to find are listed below.

The window lintel, pictured above, is 1.78m x 0.56 x 0.23. It is probably the most irregular shaped stone. It was re-used as an inner lintel above the window at the east end of the north wall. Inscription reads .]ER[A]T[I] M[U]C[OI] NETA-S[EGAM]ONAS.

The upright stone in the NW corner stands 1.02 metres high by 0.23 wide and is 0.17 metres thick. The inscription reads VEDABAR M[A]Q[--]LSM MOCOI ODR[--]REA. the first and last words are names. Also visible, at the bottom of the face pictured left, is a small plain cross.

The ogham stone pictured below, was used as a lintel above the window in the south wall. Inscription reads --][RG][...]BRCEN[..; It measures 1.32m x 0.23 x 0.27.

A fragment of another ogham stone was used as a voussior above the third stone. I think it is the fourth voussoir from the left and was read as CORB by Macalister.

Inner lintel of the window in the south wall.

Upper lintel of the west gable.

Lintel above the south doorway.

The ogham stone, pictured immediately above, was used as an inner lintel of the lower window in the western gable. Due to it's elevated position it has not been measured, but the inscription has been read as VORTIGURN. Another stone is also present in the west gable, see image above left. It was used as a lintel in the upper window and was covered with ivy during my visit. The inscription was read as --]CIR MAQI MUC[-- by Macalister. The seventh ogham stone, pictured above right, was used as an inner lintel of the south doorway. The stone measures 1.88m x 0.27 x 0.25 and was read as Q[E]CC[IAS] M[U]C[OI B]R[O]E[NIONAS].

An eighth ogham stone was removed from the site to Salterbridge House. Macalister visited the house where he took the following reading [MAQI] MONGEDIAS MAQI MUIBITI. On a return visit in 1940 he was informed that the stone was missing. I am delighted to have finally visited this site and would strongly recommend this intriguing monument. Close by is Knockboy stone row.

Situated: From Dungarvan take the N25 west for about 1 kilometre then turn right onto the R672. After 9.9k take first right after the Kilbrien (L1041) turn. 1.5 kilometres down this road you will see a right turn for Knockboy church. Go to the end of this road.

Discovery Map 82: S 2148 0489. Last visit May 2016.

Longitude: 7° 41' 9" W

Latitude: 52° 11' 44" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

South doorway

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