Exploring Waterford's Ancient Monuments

Knocknmahon - Ogham Stones

Knocknmahon - Ogham Stones

These two oghamised stones are found in what’s known as the “Geological Garden” just outside the former mining and seaside village of Bunmahon. Their inscriptions are remarkably well preserved, probably due to the fact that they remained buried underground for many centuries, having been discovered in a fosse and bank of nearby Promontory Fort.

Following their discovery a decision was made to put the stones on public display. Today they stand within the garden on an artificial mound, just a few meters apart.

 

               Stone A                                                            Stone B            

 

Stone A, which is the much broader of the two, stands 0.90 meters tall and 0.60 meters at its widest. It was found in the 1990’s. Its inscription reads " FEDILIMEQ MAQI TOQITAQ ".

Stone B which was found during ploughing of a field in the 1980’s, appears to be a fragment of an ogham stone. Much slender, it stands 0.80 meters tall and 0.30 meters wide and has a jagged damaged tip. Its inscription reads " SENAQ MAQI MUCOI ENA " which translates as ' Senaq descendent of Ena '.

 

The Geological Garden where the stones are now exhibited was created by the Bunmahon Heritage Society in 1999 to raise awareness of the local geology, before the Copper Coast was awarded the European and Global Geopark designations.
The garden presents large samples of all the rocks which formed the foundation of the Copper Coast such as mudstones (slate), andesite (basalt), rhyolite, old red sandstone and quartz.

 

Close up of west edge of Stone A

 

Directions: From Tramore take the R675 signposted for Annestown and Bunmahon.After 8km you will be on the approach into Bunmahon village where you will see the Geological Garden alongside the road on the left hand side and just before a cark park along the river.

From here the stones are clearly visible and easily accessed.

 

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