Aided Chonchobuir (version D)

  • Irish
  • prose
  • Ulster Cycle

Short anecdote about the death of King Conchobar.

First words (prose)
  • Cet mac Mágach roteilc in cloich
  • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS D iv 2 (992) [s. xv]
    f. 52(54)rb.1–52(54)vb.6heading: ‘Incipit do oidhedh Concubuir mic Nessa annso sīs’beginning: ‘Ceat mac Mádach rotheilg in cloich’
    Longest version containing: (a) a prose introduction corresponding to that in Laud Misc. 610, (b) poem attributed to Flann (Mainistrech?), beg. Cóica traighedh tólaibh tlacht and (c) a second, longer poem (11 qq) ascribed to ‘the poet’ (file), beg. A chloch thall for elaid úair. Both poems are preceded by attributions in prose.
  • Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 610 ff. 1–58 and ff. 73–122 = Leabhar na Rátha [1453–1454]
    f. 42vd.1–42vd.l3heading: ‘Saltair .cc.’beginning: ‘Cet mac Mágach roteilc in cloich’
    Prose introduction only. Meyer’s edition of this text runs as follows: Cet mac Mägach roteilc in cloich .i. mac inn Mesgegrai rig Laigen i cath Daire Da Bāeth. Fingen fathliaigh Conchubuir. is e nā roleic in cloich do tabairt asa chind. Muniu immorro in cerd, is e dorat cumtach impe fria c[h]enn immuigh. Bachrach file do Laignib, is e ro innis do Chonchubur Crist do chrochad. I mMaig Lāmraige atchūaid dó. Is ann dorochair Conchubar oc glanad in maige. F[init].
  • Irish
prose (primary)
Contains poems
Cóica traighedh tólaibh tlacht’ • ‘A chloch thall for elaid úair
Textual relationships
Related: Aided Chonchobair (versions A–C)Aided Chonchobair (versions A–C)
Associated items
A chloch thall for elaid úairA chloch thall for elaid úairPoem on a stone at Monasterboice, Co. Louth.Cóica traighedh tólaibh tlachtCóica traighedh tólaibh tlacht

Two sts of a medieval Irish poem concerning the gigantic physical heights of Tadg mac Céin and Conchobar mac Nessa. 


Ulster Cycle
Ulster Cycle
id. 1797


deathpersonal life events
id. 26573

any event involving the death (or near-death) of one or multiple organisms, regardless of cause.

Cet mac MágachCet mac Mágach
Cet mac Mátach
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
Warrior in the Ulster Cycle of tales; hero of Connacht; in some texts, brother of Findchóem and uncle of Conall Cernach.
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Conchobar mac NessaConchobar mac Nessa
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
king of the Ulaid in tales of the Ulster Cycle; son either of Cathbad or Fachtna Fáthach (father) and Ness (mother); husband of Mugain; father of Cormac Cond Longas, Cúscraid Mend Macha, Furbaide Fer Bend and Fedelm Noíchrothach; fosterfather of Cú Chulainn.
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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 [ed. and tr.], The death-tales of the Ulster heroes, Todd Lecture Series, 14, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1906.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
18–21 Version from RIA MS D iv 2.
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften: Der Tod König Conchobars”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 13 (1921): 7.
Internet Archive: <link>
Version from Laud.

Secondary sources (select)

Imhoff, Helen, “The different versions of Aided Chonchobair”, Ériu 62 (2012): 43–99.
Dennis Groenewegen
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July 2011, last updated: November 2021