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Near Reask in County Kerry, Munster, Ireland — Irish South-West
 

Reask Monastic Site / Láthair Mhainistreach an Riaisc

 
 
Reask Monastic Site / Láthair Mhainistreach an Riaisc Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Reask Monastic Site / Láthair Mhainistreach an Riaisc Marker
Inscription.
Reask - from An Riasc (the marsh).

This important early monastery was probably founded in the 6th century.

Little is known of the history of the site. The enclosing wall is roughly circular and its interior is divided by a curving wall into two parts. In the eastern part is the oratory (a small church) which was made - like all the other buildings on the site - with dry-stone walls with a corbelled roof; no mortar was used to hold the walls together.

Besides and under the oratory is an earlier cemetery of forty-two graves arranged in two rows; in front is a small sunken area of paving which may have been the base of a shrine for relics. The area around the oratory was used as a ceallúnach - a children's burial ground - after the monastery was abandoned.

Large circular clocháns (beehive shaped stone buildings which were the homes of the monks), arranged in pairs in two cases, and one small rectangular clochán are incorporated into the enclosing wall of the monastery.

At least ten cross-inscribed slabs are known from the site, including the famous “Reask Stone” which is decorated with spiral designs and carved with the letters DNE (which stand for Domine; Latin for O Lord.

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Reask Monastic Site / Láthair Mhainistreach an Riaisc Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Reask Monastic Site / Láthair Mhainistreach an Riaisc Marker
Looking south.
beag atá ar eolas faoi stair na láithreach seo. Ciorcal garbh atá sa bhalla teorann agus tá an spás taobh istigh roinnte i ndá leath ag balla cuartha. Sa chuid thoir de tá an t-aireagal (eaglais bheag) a tógadh, fearacht foirgneamh eile ar an láithreán, le ballaí fuara agus díon coirbéalta; níor úsáideadh aon mhoirtéal san obair.

In aice leis an aireagal agus faoi, tá seanreilig a bhfuil 42 uaigh leagtha amach i ndá shraith inti; tá limistéar beag íseal pábháilte chun tosaigh agus d'fhéadfadh sé go raibh scrín taisí ann tráth. Nuair a tréigeadh an mhainistir, úsáideadh an limistéar timpeall ar an aireagal mar cheallúnach - áit adhlactha leanaí.

Tá clocháin mhóra (foirgnimh cloiche le cruth coirceogach orthu a maireadh na manaigh iontu) leagtha amach i bpéirí i ndá chás, agus tá ceann beag cearnógach mar chuid den bhalla teorann.

Tá ar a laghad deich gcinn de leacanna croise a tháinig as an láthair seo ar eolas. Orthu sin tá Cloch cáiliúil an Riaisc atá maisithe le patrún bíseach agus a bhfuil na litreacha DNE gearrtha uirthi (seasann DNE do
Domine; an Laidin ar A Thiarna).
 
Erected by Dúchas The Heritage Service.
 
Location. 52° 10.063′ N, 10° 23.25′ W. Marker is near Reask, Munster, in County Kerry. Click for map.
Reask Monastic Site / Láthair Mhainistreach an Riaisc Marker image. Click for full size.
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3. Reask Monastic Site / Láthair Mhainistreach an Riaisc Marker
Looking east, with “Reask Stone” at right distance, near wall.
Marker is along a narrow lane about 1000 feet SW of R559, and about 0.8 miles south of the coastal village of Ballinrannig, on the western Dingle Peninsula.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gallarus Oratory / Séipéilín Ghallarais (approx. 2.6 kilometers away); Kilmalkedar Church / Cill Mhaoilchéadair (approx. 3.9 kilometers away); The Blaskets (approx. 7.2 kilometers away); Dunbeg Promontory Fort / An Dún Beag (approx. 7.3 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  Reask Monastic Site. (Submitted on November 8, 2009.)
 
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Reask Monastic Site Roman Vessel Drawing on Marker image. Click for full size.
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4. Reask Monastic Site Roman Vessel Drawing on Marker
Sherds of some late Roman amphorae, in which wine was transported around the 6th century, were discovered during excavations on the site.

Le linn tochailtí ar an láithreán, fuarthas píosaí d'amphorae, a d'úsáidtí chun fíon a iompar iontu timpeall an 6ú céad.
Reask Monastic Site Diagram on Marker image. Click for full size.
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5. Reask Monastic Site Diagram on Marker
Reask Monastic Site Clochán (beehive hut) Site image. Click for full size.
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6. Reask Monastic Site Clochán (beehive hut) Site
On SW edge of enclosure
Reask Monastic Site Clochán (beehive hut) Site image. Click for full size.
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7. Reask Monastic Site Clochán (beehive hut) Site
On NW corner of enclosure. Looking west.
Reask Monastic Site image. Click for full size.
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8. Reask Monastic Site
Looking north across the site.
Reask Monastic Site image. Click for full size.
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9. Reask Monastic Site
Looking NE across the site.
Reask Monastic Site Oratory image. Click for full size.
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10. Reask Monastic Site Oratory
Along east wall of enclosure.
Reask Monastic Site Oratory image. Click for full size.
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11. Reask Monastic Site Oratory
Reask Stone image. Click for full size.
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12. Reask Stone
Smaller Cross Stone at right rear.
Reask Stone Detail image. Click for full size.
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13. Reask Stone Detail
Maltese cross design at top.
Reask Stone "DNE" Detail with Spirals image. Click for full size.
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14. Reask Stone "DNE" Detail with Spirals
Reask Cross Stone image. Click for full size.
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15. Reask Cross Stone
Near Reask Stone.
 
 
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