|Discovery:||first mentioned, 1865 Shearman, J.|
|History:||Macalister/1945, 24-25: `toward the end of the eighties of the last century, the stone was smashed to pieces for material by labourers employed to build a wall round the cemetery. About twelve fragments of the stone were collected and pieced together, in 1892, by Rev. W. Fitzgerald, of Ballymore; but when he returned to the site some time afterward he found that the inevitable mischief-maker had scattered them again...I have never been able myself to find more than one small fragment of the stone, though I have visited the cemetery frequently and have conducted excavations within it'.|
|Dimensions:||0.0 x 0.0 x 0.0 (Unknown)|
|Setting:||Lost (present , missing )|
Macalister/1945, 24--25, records the destruction of the stone in the 1880s: `the stone was smashed to pieces for material by labourers employed to build a wall round the cemetery...I have never been able myself to find more than one small fragment of the stone, though I have visited the cemetery frequently, and have conducted excavations within it'.
|Condition:||n/a , n/a|
Macalister/1945, 24--25: `the stone was smashed to pieces for material by labourers employed to build a wall round the cemetery'.
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1945):||MAQIDDE[CCEDA] ||| MAQ ||| IMARIN|
MAQI-DDEC[CEDA] MAQI MARIN
Macalister/1897 78--79 reading only
Macalister/1945 24--25 reading only
McManus/1991 94 reading only
Ziegler/1994 254 reading only
|Orientation:||vertical up along down|
|Position:||n/a ; arris ; n/a ; inc|
|Date:||500 - 700 (Ziegler/1994)|
|Ling. Notes:||See McManus/1991, 109.|
|Palaeography:||Macalister/1945, 25: `The duplication of the initial D of the name - DECCEDA is unique'. |
See McManus/1991, 125.
Macalister/1945, 24: `the reading is confirmed by a paper-cast made by Sir S. Ferguson (now in the R.I.A. library). The annexed diagram has been made from this cast ... To judge from the illustrations accompanying some of the papers referred to in the bibliography, and from the complete unanimity of decipherers of various degrees of competence, the inscription must have been perfect and legible to a very high degree'.