What is Ogham Script?
Ogham is the earliest system of writing to appear in Ireland, dating back to the 4th Century. It was used for about 500 years, evolving and adapting over that time. It is thought by many scholars that the Ogham Alphabet was invented by the Irish and used to identify boundries and to memorialise the dead.
The Ogham Alphabet consists of 20 letters, the letters are created by sets of strokes cut across or on either side of a vertical stem line formed by the edge of the stones as a centre line, as can be seen in the picture of an ogham stone located in Adare Manor, in County Limerick to this day. There are estimated to be a few hundred surviving Ogham Stone Monuments, the bulk being in the South of Ireland, in Cork, Kerry and Waterford. They can also be found in England, Wales and Scotland.
The Stone used to inscribe these Ogham stones, is Celtic Slate which dates back over 200 million years-old. We individually handcraft each of these inspire stones, in a tradition of stone masonry going back 6 generations to the early 1800’s. With a combination of ancient Irish script, prehistoric stone and hundreds of years of father to son learnt skills, these inspire stones with their combination of inspired quotes and script offer a truly unique Irish gift.