Near Reask in County Kerry, Munster, Ireland — Irish South-West
Reask Monastic Site / Láthair Mhainistreach an Riaisc
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.
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. Touch for map.
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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2009. This page has been viewed 1,851 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on November 8, 2009.