Clocha Ogham Chill Maoilchéadair

The Early Christian and Medieval ecclesiastical complex at Kilmalkedar (KE042-026----) lies at the foot of the W slopes of Reenconnell hill, overlooking Smerwick Harbour (Cuppage et al/1986, 308). The Reenconnell ridge peaks at 907 feet/276m to NE of the site and the area around Kilmalkedar is sheltered on its N and S sides by spurs of this hill.

'The early Christian and medieval site at Kilmalkedar covers a large area ... Although reputedly founded by Maolcethair in the seventh century, the site is associated with St Brendan.
The church was probably built in the mid twelfth century and remained important throughout the medieval period. Existing remains from the early Christian period include a corbelled building, perhaps a cell, some 50 m from the church, an ogham stone, the sundial stone, a plain stone cross and some bullaun stones.
There is also St Brendan's oratory, situated some 400 m from the church. Existing buildings dating from medieval times include the Romanesque church with some fine architectural sculpture, St Brendan's House and the Chancellor's House.
​​​​​​​There are also two wells and a number of cross-inscribed stones in the graveyard' (Okasha/Forsyth/2001, 171).



Ogham Stone: Located on the N side of the pathway leading through the graveyard to the church, this stone measures 1.83m in height and .24m in width at base. An hourglass-shaped perforation near the top of the stone measures .12m in depth and .07m in maximum diameter.


The inscription reads: ANM M(AI)LE INBIR MACI BROCANN. The AI of MAILE is now represented by only 4 notches but there is sufficient space to accommodate the other two implied by the reading AI (Macalister 1945, 180-1). A second, possibly earlier, inscription on the S side of the stone can be read either as ANM or M(A)Q(I). (Cuppage 1986, no. 855)


Remains of earlier inscription: ANṂ


'name/insciption of Máel-Inbher son of Broccán'

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