Aided Díarmata meic Cerbaill (Recension II) ‘The violent death of Díarmait mac Cerbaill’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Cycles of the Kings, Aideda
  • Middle Irish
  • Middle Irish (?)

prose (primary)
verse (secondary)
Contains poems
Mairg thachrus fri clerchibh ceall
Textual relationships
Related: Aided Díarmata meic Cerbaill (Recension I)Aided Díarmata meic Cerbaill (Recension I)A composite Middle Irish tale about the reign and (threefold) death of Díarmait mac Cerbaill, king of Ireland. A common theme is the king’s violation of ecclesiastical sanctuary or protection.
Associated items
Aided Bresail meic DíarmataAided Bresail meic Díarmata

A brief, early Irish saga and hagiographical legend, which relates how Díarmait mac Cerbaill had his son Bresal slain for appropriating a nun’s cow and how St Béccán rescued the soul of the king’s son from hell, resuscitating him.

Mairg thochrus fri cléirchib cellMairg thochrus fri cléirchib cell

Early Irish poem attributed to Díarmait mac Cerbaill. In recensions of his death-tale, he is made to utter this poem after two saints, Ciarán and Rúadán, had cursed him for having acted against the rights and authority of the church.


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
id. 80


Díarmait mac Cerbaill
Díarmait mac Cerbaill
(supp. d. 565)
In Irish historical tradition, high-king of Ireland, son of Fergus Cerrbél.

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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.

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No complete critical edition has been published as yet.
[ed.] OʼGrady, Standish Hayes, Silva Gadelica (I–XXXI): a collection of tales in Irish, vol. 1: Irish text, London: Williams & Norgate, 1892.
Digitale-sammlungen.de: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link> CELT – various: <link>, <link>, <link>, <link>, <link>, <link>
66–72 Edition with the title Stair ar Áed baclámh (A story about Áed bacclám).
[tr.] Wiley, Dan M. [tr.], “Stories about Diarmait mac Cerbaill from the Book of Lismore”, Emania 19 (2002): 53–59.
See p. 53 note 2 for an overview of partial editions.
[tr.] OʼGrady, Standish Hayes, Silva Gadelica (I–XXXI): a collection of tales in Irish, vol. 2: translation and notes, London: Williams & Norgate, 1892.
Digitale-sammlungen.de: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
70–76 Translation of Stair ar Áed baclámh (above).
[tr.] Carey, John [tr.], “[Various contributions]”, in: John T. Koch, and John Carey (eds), The Celtic Heroic Age. Literary sources for ancient Celtic Europe and early Ireland & Wales, 4th ed., 1, Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2003. [Various].
§ 100 Translation of a portion of the text

Secondary sources (select)

Dillon, Myles, The cycles of the kings, London: Oxford University Press, 1946.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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October 2010, last updated: January 2024