|Discovery:||first mentioned, 1840 Wakeman, W.F.|
|History:||Macalister/1949, 98: `An approximately circular disc of stone...built into the outer face of the west wall of a small, plain ruined church on this island'.|
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 185: `The stone has been known since 1840 when W.F. Wakeman drew it for Petrie [Petrie/1878, fig. 15]. Petrie stated that this stone was `built into the interior face of the north wall of a very ancient church upon an island in the Shannon, near Doonass' .. Petrie may have made an error in describing which wall it was built into, an easy mistake if he had not himself seen the stone. Alternatively, the stone might have been moved from the north to the west wall at some time between 1840 and 1912 when Crawford described it in its present position'.
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 185: `
|Dimensions:||0.34 x 0.35 x 0.0 (Okasha/Forsyth/2001)|
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 185: `The stone is built into the exterior face of the west wall of Cloon church. This ruined medieval church is in the grounds of a private house at Cloon Island, Castleconnel. The stone is set 81 cm from the ground and 69 cm to the right (that is, the south) of the doorway and is obscured from view by a large shrub'.
Macalister/1949, 98: `approximately circular disc of stone'.
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 186: `The stone is an irregular slab of sub-circular shape'.
|Condition:||complete , some|
Macalister/1949, 100: `the face of the stone is much battered'.
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 186: `Its edges are rough and rather damaged but it appears to be substantially intact ... both the stone and the carving are badly weathered'.
|Crosses:||1: equal-armed; outline; straight; plain; plain; circular; n/a; none; plain|
Macalister/1949, 100, refers to a cross and a circle.
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 186: `The face of the stone contains an outline equal-armed cross set inside two concentric circles. The arms of the cross open into the circular frame formed by the two circles'.
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1949):||+LOBEDFECETCRUCE[M]|
+LOBED FECET CRUCE[M]
Macalister/1949 100 reading only
|Okasha and Forsyth (1998):||[.--][B][.][ND][--][L] | A[.][--]A|
Okasha/Forsyth/2001 186--187 reading only
|Position:||n/a ; broad ; beside cross ; other|
Macalister/1949, 100: `on the outside of the circle surrounding the cross'.
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 186: `The text fills the available space and may be complete. It is incised in two curved lines around the perimeter of the circle with the bottoms of the letters to the circle. The inner line begins at about the ten o'clock position and continues to the five o'clock position. The outer line begins at the two o'clock position and continues until the three o'clock position'.
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 186: `The carving is pecked'.
|Date:||700 - 799 (Okasha/Forsyth/2001)|
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 187, appears to `tentatively' suggest an eight-century date.
|Palaeography:||Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 186: `The text probably uses half-uncial script with a maximum letter H. of 3 cm'.|
CISP: Insular half-uncial inscription. Although badly worn the 'OC' form of A can still be made out. The final L of line one is curved and the E is in the capitalis form. The Bs and D appear to have short horizontal strokes atop their ascenders.
Macalister/1949, 100: `Some marks and scratches, which look like a continuation of the inscription, are on the opposite side, but after careful examination I came to the conclusion that they are mere superficial flaws. The face of the stone is much battered, and the letters difficult to make out'.
Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 186: `the stone and the carving are badly weathered ... and the letters are highly deteriorated ... The text is now very worn and too indistinct to read with any confidence'. Okasha and Forsyth go on to say, p. 187, that `The present authors could find no evidence on the stone to justify this [Macalister's] reading and, indeed, the extant remains seem to rule it out'.