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Maumanorig · Kilcolman
Mám an Óraigh · Cill na gColmán
Monastery information
Established 6th century AD
Diocese Ardfert and Aghadoe
Architecture
Status ruined
Style Celtic
Site
Location Maumanorig, Ventry, County Kerry
Coordinates 52°08′38″N 10°21′31″W / 52.143812°N 10.358648°W / 52.143812; -10.358648Coordinates: 52°08′38″N 10°21′31″W / 52.143812°N 10.358648°W / 52.143812; -10.358648
Public access yes
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Maumanorig Early Medieval Ecclesiastical Site
Reference no. 221.02

Maumanorig or Kilcolman is the site of the remains of a medieval Christian monastery and National Monument located on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland.

Location

Maumanorig is located 1.2 km (¾ mile) north of Ventry on a site of 0.184 ha (0.45 acres).

History

The placename is Irish for "hill-top of the yellow stones" or "mountain pass of the Hoares."

It may have been a starting-point for pilgrims to Skellig Michael or Mount Brandon.

Description

Maumanorig is a circular enclosure within which are a church site, two hut-sites and several gravemarkers.

There is a cross pattee-inscribed ogham stone, 115 cm (3 ft 9 in) tall and 158 metres (5 feet) long. The west face bears the Ogham inscription and two crosses. The Ogham (CIIC 193) reads ᚛ᚐᚅᚋ ᚉᚑᚂᚋᚐᚅ ᚐᚔᚂᚔᚈᚆᚔᚏ᚜ ANM COL(OLṬḤ)ṂẠṆ ẠḶỊṬḤIR meaning "[written in] the name of Colmán, the pilgrim."

It may commemorate Colmán Oilither, grandson of Díarmait mac Fergosa Cerrbéoil, who died c. AD 565–572.

Also there is a small cross-inscribed stone, a holed stone and three bullaun stones.

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