|Discovery:||first mentioned, 1838 Abell|
|History:||Gippert/Web, 197, states that the stone was discovered in 1838 acting as one of the lintels of a souterrain, the so called `cave of Dunloe', situated `in the demesne of Dunloe Castle'. The site was first visited by `Mr. Abell, of Cork' who `on that occasion took copies of such of the inscriptions as were then accessible. After that, it was inspected by J. Windele `and a party of antiquaries from Cork'; Brash saw the spot in the autumn of 1869.|
The site was visited on (Sept.?) 15, 1884 by the members of the RSAI under the guidance of A. Hill. The group could not enter the souterrain to `read those portions of the Oghams on the upper edges of the stones which form the roof, and which have never yet been published'. A sketch of the arrangement of the lintel stones was produced, however, after the `careful measurement by Mr. Ringrose Atkins', at that time.
Some time before 1945 the stones were arranged in a small enclosure near the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe, together with the stone from Kilbonane.
|Geology:||Macalister/1945, 196: `schist'.|
|Dimensions:||1.35 x 0.24 x 0.18 (converted from Macalister/1945)|
Gippert/Web, 197, shows the stone on display in an enclosure at the site.
|Condition:||incomplete , poor|
Macalister/1945, 196: `mutilated by the loss of the top of the stone'.
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|Macalister, R.A.S. (1945):||NIOTTVRECCMAQI[-- ||| --]GNI|
NIOTTVRECC MAQI [--]GNI
Macalister/1945 196 reading only
|Gippert, J. (1981):||NI[O]TTVR[E]CCMAQ[I][-- ||| --][G]N[--|
NI[O]TTVR[E]CC MAQ[I] [--][G]N[--
Gippert/Web 202 reading only [Gippert 202]
|McManus, D. (1991):||NI[O]TTVR[E/I]CCMAQ[I][-- ||| --]GNI|
NI[O]TTVR[E/I]CC MAQ[I] [--]GNI
McManus/1991 66 reading only
|Orientation:||vertical up along down|
|Position:||n/a ; arris ; n/a ; undecorated|
Macalister/1945, 196: `chiselled'.
|Date:||400 - 550 (Ziegler/1994)|
Macalister/1945, 196--197: `mutilated by the loss of the top of the stone ... In the first word the TT is badly spaced, giving it the appearance of DC, and the E is broken. So also are the final [four stroke of the] I'.