verse beg. A Emain idnach óebind

  • Middle Irish
  • verse

Middle Irish poem which is concerned with the origins of Emain Macha and is attested as a poem incorporated in recensions of Lebor gabála Érenn. While the Book of Leinster version seems to break off after 16 qq, the longer version which occurs in other recensions (46 qq) has a final quatrain which attributes the poem to Eochaid úa Flainn.

First words (verse)
  • A Emain idnach óebind
Ascribed to: Eochaid úa Flainn
Eochaid úa Flainn
(fl. c.936–1004, if he is Eochaid úa Flannucáin)
A medieval Irish poet to whom a number of Middle Irish poems, most of them in the Lebor gabála Érenn, have been attributed. His identification with Eochaid úa Flannucáin, a poet and historian who was guestmaster at Armagh, has gained favour over the years. In order not to pre-judge the matter, the two are distinguished in the present catalogue.

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Copies include:

LGÉ, recension A
p. 21a
rubric: ‘Is dó sin ro chan in suí senchasa’
beg. ‘A Emain idnach óebind’
16 qq, without ascription of authorship.
LGÉ, recension B
L/Λ (Macalister) =
f. 7(16)ra.28–va.9
beg. ‘A Emuin idnach oebaind’
46 qq.
ff. 5vb.m–6rb.m
beg. ‘A Emuin idnach oebinn’
46 qq.
ff. 26(24)vb.m–27(25)vb.m
beg. ‘A Emuin idnach oebinn’
46 qq.
LGÉ, recension C
LGÉ, Ó Cléirigh recension
ff. 49r.i–52r
beg. ‘A Eamhain iodhnach aibhinn’
46 qq. Glossed.
  • Middle Irish
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas: 46



Emain Macha
Emain Macha ... Navan Fort
County Armagh
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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[dipl. ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, Osborn Bergin, and M. A. OʼBrien, The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 1, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1954. 260 pp. + 4 pl.
CELT – edition (pp. 1-260): <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Mainnín, Mícheál B., “Eochaid ua Flainn agus Eochaid ua Flannucáin: súil úr ar an bhfianaise”, Léann: Iris Chumann Léann na Litríochta 2 (2009): 75–105.
Ó Concheanainn, Tomás, “Leabhar na hUidhre: further textual associations”, Éigse 30 (1997): 27–91.
36, 38–40 Regards as it as probable that the poem and the prose legend preceding it were composed together.
Dennis Groenewegen
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March 2022, last updated: January 2024