Friday, July 17, 2015

Ireland Trip Part 43: What is an Ogham Stone?

Rob at an Ogham Stone
This is part 43 of our Ireland trip, and it was on the Dingle Peninsula where we discovered Ogham Stones. So, if you've
never heard of them before, you'll learn about them now! 

WHAT DOES "OGHAM" MEAN? - According to Megolithic Ireland, Ogham is the earliest form of writing in Ireland, it dates to around 4th century A.D. and was in use for around 500 years. The Ogham alphabet is made up of a series of strokes along or across a line. Ogham is sometimes referred to as the "Celtic Tree Alphabet" as a number of the letters are linked to old Irish names for certain trees. The alphabet was carved on standing stones to commemorate someone, using the edge of the stone as the center line.
Explanation of the Ogham alphabet and markings

WHAT IS ON THE STONES? There are roughly 400 surviving orthodox inscriptions on stone monuments throughout Ireland and western Britain; the bulk of them are in the south of Ireland, in Counties Kerry, Cork and Waterford. The largest number outside of Ireland is in Pembrokeshire in Wales.  The majority of the inscriptions consist of personal names.

WHAT'S THE ALPHABET LIKE? - The twenty standard letters of the Ogham alphabet and the five forfeda. (Forfeda are 5 additional sounds not accounted for in the alphabet. They appear to have represented sounds felt to be missing from the original alphabet, maybe é(o), ó(i), ú(i), p and ch).
Gerard Scott, our amazing Tour Guide!
    HOW DO YOU READ THEM? - They are normally read from the left hand side bottom up, across the top and if need be down the other side. (Source:

An Ogham Stone


View from the Dingle Peninsula

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next