Agallamh Oisín agus Phádraig
verse beg. A Oisín, as fada do shúan

  • Early Modern Irish
  • verse

Early Modern Irish fíanaigecht poem, which occurs in the collection Duanaire Finn as well as the later Agallamh Oisín agus Phádraig

Agallamh Oisín agus Phádraig
The poem is sometimes known as Agallamh Oisín agus Phádraig (‘The dialogue between Oisín and Patrick’), or by similar titles. This title will be used here, however, to refer to a series of poems, of which the present poem is the first one.
First words (verse)
  • A Oisín, as fada do shúan
“Oisín, your slumber is long”
part of compilation • multiple versions
Context(s)The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
  • Agallamh Oisín agus Phádraig
  • no. 1
  • Expanded version, which is the first in the sequence of lays and the poem to provide the model for this collection. It numbers 167 stanzas in one manuscript version.
  • Early Modern Irish
  • late Early Modern Irish (Murphy)
unlikely to be earlier than the 16th century (Murphy)
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas: 39 or 167



Oisín mac Finn
Oisín mac Finn
(time-frame ass. with Finn Cycle, Finn mac Cumaill, Saint Patrick, Cormac mac Airt)
A fían-warrior, son of Finn, in the Finn Cycle of medieval Irish literature

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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.

[ed.] Ó Siochfhradha, Pádraig [An Seabhac], Laoithe na Féinne, Dublin: An Chumainn le Béaloideas Éireann, 1941.
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[ed.] [tr.] Murphy, Gerard [ed.], Duanaire Finn: The book of the lays of Fionn, 3 vols, vol. 2: Irish text, with translation into English, Irish Texts Society, 28, London: Irish Texts Society, 1933.
CELT – edition: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
204–215 Poem LVII. Edition and translation direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Murphy, Gerard, Duanaire Finn: The book of the lays of Fionn, 3 vols, vol. 3: Introduction, notes, appendices and glossary, Irish Texts Society, 43, London: Irish Texts Society, 1953.
Internet Archive: <link>
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