The rowan-tree of Clonfert
verse beg. A cháorthuinn Clúana Ferta

  • Early Modern Irish, Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Duanaire Finn, Classical Irish poetry, Finn Cycle
First words (verse)
  • A cháorthuinn Clúana Ferta
“Thou rowan-tree of Clonfert”
Context(s)The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
  • Early Modern Irish Middle Irish
  • Middle Irish and Early Modern Irish. Murphy: “The language of the greater part of this poem is Middle Irish. An inflected copula form basam occurs in st. 39. Independent pronouns do not occur except in stt. 26, 38, which are almost certainly interpolations. Infixed pronouns occur in two instances, rostōgaibh 19, romc[h]ar 32. In rostōgaibh, however, the pronoun is either the meaningless or merely anticipatory infixed pronoun characteristic of late Middle Irish. The poem contains many words rare after the Middle Irish period, notably caircheach 3, adgniú 8, edorbhuass 29. It is therefore probable that the original poem dates from the 12th century.”

verse (primary)
Number of stanzas: 47


Duanaire Finn
Duanaire Finn
id. 11031
Classical Irish poetryClassical Irish poetry

Finn Cycle
Finn Cycle
id. 578


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.] MacNeill, Eoin [ed.], Duanaire Finn: The book of the lays of Fionn, 3 vols, vol. 1: Irish text, with translation into English, Irish Texts Society, 7, London: Irish Texts Society, 1908.
Foclóir na Nua-Ghaeilge – editions: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
7–10; 102–106; Poem III. Edition and translation

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>
Dennis Groenewegen
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April 2012, last updated: January 2024