Mount Melleray

Kilgrovan ogham stones

In 1857 William Williams of Dungarvan in Waterford, discovered five ogham stones in an ancient cemetery in Kilgrovan townland. They were moved to Mount Melleray in 1910, by Canon P Power, a former professor of archaeology in University College Cork. They are on display in the Heritage Centre. The following readings were all taken by Macallister/1945.

1. DEBRANI MAQI ELTI AVI OGATOS - Debrani son of Elti, grandson of Ogatos.

2. VAGNI MUCOI CUNIA - Descendant of Cunia.

3. [CU]NAMAQI LUGUDECA MUC[OI] CUNEA - Cunamaqi Lugudeca descendant of Cunea.

4. MAQI E[--] - grandson.

5 NISIGNI MAQ ER[--]I - Nisigni son of Er..i.

A sixth ogham found in a possible ringfort in Kilgrovan is now stored in the National Museum of Ireland. An exhibition at the centre outlines the history of Mount Melleray in word and picture, through a series of panels.

Some of the inscriptions are in excellent condition, the notches or strokes a quite deep on several stones, the close up of stone three below is a good example of how deep they are. Tea Rooms at the abbey are open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 o'clock until 4.30.

Situated: From Cappaquin head east on the R669, follow the road north about 3.3 Kilometres, then take a right turn. . After 2.1K turn left. The abbey is 700 metres up this road. Follow the signs.

Discovery Map 74: S 0983 0394. Last visit Sept 2019.

Longitude: 7° 51' 22" W

Latitude: 52° 11' 14" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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