Castletimon Ogham Stone
This Ogham stone lies in a niche by the road side in Castletimon. Ogham inscriptions are important because they are the earliest known written form of the Irish language. The alphabet used in Ogham consists of lines, dots, and seems to be used to record names only.
The function of these strange stones is unclear. There are some theories that they were used to mark boundaries and ownership of land, or ancient market places. Ogham was recorded in the Book of Bally motte, this medieval book recorded the Ogham alphabet with the Irish language and acted like a Rosetta Stone, without which we might not have realised these strange marks were in a fact a written language.
Ogham stones are not only found in Ireland, but also in Wales and seem to be related to a clan known as the "Deisi" who colonised Wales from Ireland in the wake of the fall of the Roman Empire.
The Castletimon inscription reads phonetically "Netacari Neta Cagi".
Dates: 350-550 AD Early Christain Period.
Turn off the N11 at Lil Doyles pub, come to a T junction and take the right.