Fitzgearalds' Slab

The FitzGerald Slab 1504: This trapezoidal tomb slab, carved from sandstone, is now broken into 2 sections. The stone bears 3 shields, the upper containing the arms of the Munster FitzGeralds: Ermine, a Saltire Gules, with a Boar and a Griffin for supporters. The 2nd shield contains a heart with the inscription HM.KT.H. and the lower shield bears a saltire between 3 objects resembling eagles heads (FitzGerald 1911, 391).

Fitzgearalds' Slab

At the narrow end of the slab is an incised Latin cross with the sacred monogram, INRI, above it and the inscription B.S.E.C.(S)A INDEOAOA beneath it. A marginal inscription on the sides of the stone reads: TRINITAS:INDIVIDUA.SALVA:NOS/.O.PATER. M.N.P.P.ET.I.N.AM.AMEN.1504.BEO.B.GAR/ DIE.LE.G. The final part of the inscription, after the date, is considered to be contracted Irish, meaning 'God be with Gearoid. May the FitzGeralds flourish' (McKenna 1979, 32).

The parish church of St. James is said to have been built by the Spaniards around the time of the great medieval pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James of Compostella, and was dedicated to St. James the patron Saint of Spain.  When the Reformation reached Dingle in the 16th century, the church passed into Protestant hands.

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