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Breastagh Ogham Stone
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 54° 14' 47.4"   W 009° 15' 13.2"

Nearest town

Killala

Grid Ref.

G 18293 33799

Map No.

24

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

28

Date of visit

Sunday 9 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ogham stone is just a dot on the horizon.


At last, 17 years later we were able to see this amazing ogham stone again. We came here for the first time on May 10th, 2002.
The bad weather always stopped us when we drove through this area before, and because the stone is far in a field, a good weather condition was necessary.

The stone stands about 150 metres west (260°) from the field gate. We obtained the permission from the land owner to walk in the grass to the stone.
It is originally a standing stone which was later carved with the ogham signs between 500 and 900 AD.
It is an amazing block of stone, 2.63 metres tall on the west side, and measuring 78 centimetres of width on the north and south faces and 58 centimetres of width on the east and west faces.
Most sources report this stone's height being in excess of 3.60 metres. Either they are wrong, or there's a further one metre of stone to be kept in account for which is hidden underground.
The ogham signs are on the northeast (40°) and southeast (130°) edges. The inscriptions read "MAQCORBBRIMAQAMLOITT" on the northeast edge and "LGG...SD...LEESIA" on the southeast edge. The latter one sounds a bit meaningless, but the former one has been translated as "Son of Corbbri, Son of Amloitt". The local history remembers a certain King Amhalgaidh to whom the inscription might refer.


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