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The tomb of the poet Aodhagán Ó Rathaille, Muckross Abbey

The tomb of the poet Aodhagán Ó Rathaille.
At Muckross Abbey, near Killarney, Co.Kerry.
In the nave of the church. RHS corner facing up the nave toward the tower.
There was a memorial slab, with inscription, some of which was still legible in 1911.
This was said to have been erected by the poet's nephew Dónall 'ac Murchadha ó Rathaille, who was later buried with him.

On the wall is now a plaque to the Four Kerry Poets.
There was a stone on the ground at the spot, but as at the late 20th century no inscription was legible. It is unclear if this was the original memorial stone with inscription.
In restoration around 2006, the ground stone was removed!

Location of O'Rahilly tomb. (On the ground just to right of the wall plaque.)
From a 360 view dated 2017. Click to rotate and zoom.
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Location of O'Rahilly tomb, Muckross Abbey.
On RHS as you look up the nave towards the tower. Indicated by arrows.
From title page of [Dineen and O'Donoghue, 1911].
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Muckross Abbey.
Drawn by Gabriel Beranger. Late 18th century.
Copy of original drawing by John Dawson, 1st Earl of Portarlington (born 1744, died 1798).
The poet was already buried at Muckross Abbey at this time. (Go through the first door here. Turn right. Head up towards the tower.)
From Royal Irish Academy. Image from here. Creative Commons Non-Commercial use.
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View from the Lawrence Collection, c.1890.
From here.

Location of O'Rahilly tomb.
Photo 2000. See larger and full size.
See other scan. And light adjusted.
See other shot.

Location of O'Rahilly tomb.
Photo 2000. See larger and full size.
See other scan. And light adjusted.

Close-up of the plaque on the wall above the O'Rahilly tomb.
It is a plaque to the Four Kerry Poets.
See full size. From Gan Ainm.

Plan of Muckross Abbey.
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From p.161 of Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 5th series, vol.2, 1892.

Note from The O'Rahilly about the inscription on the tomb.
From insert in [Dineen and O'Donoghue, 1911].


The ground stone at the O'Rahilly grave.
Photo 2000. See larger and full size.
It is unclear if this is the stone that used to have legible marking on it.
This stone has since been removed!

Location of O'Rahilly tomb (under flat board on ground here).
Restoration work going on in 2006.
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See other shot and other shot.
Photos 2006. Photos courtesy of Richard Humphreys.

2017 photo of the location.
From 360 view.
The ground stone has been removed!

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