verse beg. A bráthair, ma dia seichi for iris

  • Early Irish
  • verse
Two quatrains of an early Irish poem concerning Áed Dub mac Colmáin, abbot of Kildare. They are preserved as quotations in an Irish genealogical tract in LL.
First words (verse)
  • A bráthair, ma dia seichi for iris
L1 =
ff. 316a.28
rubric: ‘Inde quidam cecinit’
beg. ‘A brathair .i. fri Aed Find mad dia sech for iris’
2 qq.
L2 =
p. 388a.3
rubric: ‘Inde poeta dixit’
2 qq.
Second quatrain cited in a glossary entry on coall .i. muinterus (TCD 1337).
  • Early Irish
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas: 2



Áed Dub mac Colmáin
Áed Dub mac Colmáin
(d. 639)
King of Leinster and later, bishop of Kildare.

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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.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno, “Aed Dub mac Colmáin, Bishop-Abbot of Kildare”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 9 (1913): 458–460.
Internet Archive: <link>
459–460 Critical edition, with English translation and commentary.
[dipl. ed.] OʼSullivan, Anne [ed.], The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 6, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1983. xv + pp. 1327-1708.
CELT – pp. 1327–1595 (excl. pp. 1596–1708): <link>
1356 LL version (L1).

Secondary sources (select)

Bhreathnach, Edel, “Perceptions of kingship in early medieval Irish vernacular literature”, in: Linda Doran, and James Lyttleton (eds), Lordship in medieval Ireland: image and reality, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007. 21–46.
Ó Cróinín, Dáibhí, “Ireland, 400–800”, in: Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (ed.), A new history of Ireland, vol. 1: Prehistoric and early Ireland, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. 182–234.
Byrne, F. J., Irish kings and high-kings, 2nd ed., Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001.
Williams, N. J. A., “Pig-beans and goose-killers”, in: Séamus Mac Mathúna, and Ailbhe Ó Corráin (eds), Miscellanea Celtica in memoriam Heinrich Wagner, 2, Uppsala: Uppsala Universitet, 1997. 149–157.
151 On the use of gafann ‘henbane’.
Toner, Gregory [director], Maxim Fomin, Grigory Bondarenko, Thomas Torma, Caoimhín Ó Dónaill, and Hilary Lavelle, eDIL: electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language, revised ed., Online: Royal Irish Academy, 2013–present. URL: <http://edil.qub.ac.uk>. 
Electronic internet edition of the Dictionary of the Irish language.
s.v. coell, coall [id. 9793.]
Kenney, James F., “Chapter IV: The monastic churches, their founders and traditions: I. The primitive foundations”, in: James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Revised ed., 11, New York: Octagon, 1966. 288–371.
364 [id. 156.]
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