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AHENNY 19th CENTURY OGHAM STONE COUNTY TIPPERARY
The Ahenny ogham stone is located in the graveyard of the medieval church of Aheeny, County Tipperary, close
to the county border with County Kilkenny. The 19th century inscription is of the Scholastic type and is on an
eloquent head stone of a young woman who died just 17 years of age and is set amid two early Celtic High
Crosses. The ogham reads “Fa an lig so na lu ata Mari ni Dhimusa / o mballi na gCranibh” and translates as
'Beneath this stone lieth Mári Ní Dhíomasaigh from Ballycrann'. Above the ogham script is an inscription is
English which reads "Beneath this sepulchral tomb lie the remains of Mary Dempsey who departed this life
January the 4th 1802 aged 17 years". Beneath this inscription is a poem from the young woman to her parents.
AHENNY OGHAM STONE, COUNTY TIPPERARY
This head stone, is a fine testimony to the country people of early 19th century Ireland, showing their