From the southwest

Rathkieran

Church and Ogham Stone

This delightful late 12th century medieval church is said to have been built on the original site of St Finian's early Christian monastery. The church, which is dedicated to St Finian, was in a good state of repair up until the mid 17th century. At present it is attached to a much later parish church. Further along this road is the early Christian site of Kilabounia and to the south of the church is a megalithic structure known locally as the 'Pagan's Grave'. I only learned of the megalithic stones on my return to Dublin. This site is beautifully located with gorgeous views out to the Skellig Islands. I am already looking forward to a return visit.

South Window

West Gable

I had known about the existence of an ogham stone at this site. After a short time searching the graveyard I started to wonder if was it incorporated into the building like several other ogham stones. I looked up at the west gable and there it was built into the northwest angle. The stone is lying in a horizontal position and unfortunately we can only see one side of it. The stone was first noted by E Rynne in 1996 who gave the following reading ....CLHQOC.....

Situated: From Portmagee head south on the Skellig Ring (R365). Take the right turn immediately after the turn for Finians Bay. You will see the church on your right.

Discovery Map 83: V 3932 6877. Last visit May 2013.

Longitude: 10° 19' 55" W

Latitude: 51° 50' 53" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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