verse beg. Énna Labraid luad cáich

  • Old Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Irish legendary history, rhyming Leinster poems
One of the rhyming Leinster poems, attributed to Laidcenn mac Bairceda
First words (verse)
  • Énna Labraid luad cáich
Ascribed to: Laidcenn mac Bairceda
Laidcenn mac Bairc(h)eda
(supp. fl. 5th century ?)
early Irish poet, said to be of the Dál nAraidi. Two early poems (beg. Énna, Labraid and Nidu dír dermait) belonging to the so-called rhyming ‘Leinster poems’ are ascribed to him.

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  • Old Irish
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Textual relationships
Related: Cú cen máthairCú cen máthairOld Irish poem (36st) attributed to Luccreth moccu Chíara, which traces the ancestry of Cú cen Máthair (d. 665), king of Munster and grandfather of Cathal mac Finguine, all the way back to Adam. A large part of the pedigree, from Míl to Adam, closely resembles that found in another Old Irish poem of a similar metrical type, beg. Énna Labraid luad cáich and dealing with Leinster kings. Myles Dillon has argued that these pedigrees represent (respectively) Munster and Leinster recensions of the same core material.


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry

Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry

Irish legendary historyIrish legendary history

rhyming Leinster poemsLeinster poems
rhyming Leinster poems
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[ed.] OʼBrien, M. A. [ed.], Corpus genealogiarum Hiberniae, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1962.  
comments: Reprinted in 1976 and 2005, with an introduction by J. V. Kelleher.
CELT – pp. 1–332 (Rawl. B 502): <link>
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], Über die älteste irische Dichtung I. Rhythmische alliterierende Reimstrophen, Berlin, 1913.
Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
26–37 In Fursundud aile Ladcinn.
Dennis Groenewegen
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