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Cloonmorris Church and Ogham Stone

Located in the village of Mohill, this church was connected to the Augustinian priory here. It is a church of simple design from around 1200, with lancet windows and mouldings decorated with the figures of upturned heads. The north doorway appears to have been added in the 15th century. 

There is an Ogham stone standing near the attached graveyard, with a single recognizable inscription that reads ‘Qenuven.’

Ogham Stones are marker stones inscribed with the Ogham alphabet, which was named after Ogham, the god of eloquence. The alphabet originated around the fifth century and contained 25 different letters. It reads from top to bottom or right to left, and came from ancient Celtic languages. Twenty of the letters are related to the names of trees that were deemed sacred by the druids, including birch, yew, ash, hawthorn, oak, apple, ivy, elder, fir, gorse, and poplar. The stones were traditionally used as boundary markers and burial stones.

'The Book of Ballymote', written in the 15th century and kept at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, says that the Ogham alphabet originated from a secret language steeped in magical ritual. The Ogham stones exist in various areas around Ireland.


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