Aided Muirchertaig meic Erca‘The violent death of Muirchertach mac Erca’

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 threefold death
Muirchertach mac MuiredaigMuirchertach mac Muiredaig
Muirchertach mac Erca
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Lil Nic Dhonnchadha, Aided Muirchertaig meic Erca (1964): ix.
Lil Nic Dhonnchadha, Aided Muirchertaig meic Erca (1964): xix.

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[ed.] Nic Dhonnchadha, Lil [ed.], Aided Muirchertaig meic Erca, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series 19, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1964.
CELT – edition (pp. 1–73): <link>
[em.] Ó Concheanainn, Tomás, “The act of wounding in the death of Muirchertach mac Erca”, Éigse 15:2 (Geimhreadh, 1973): 141–144.
Offers an emendation of the crucial passage that relates the threefold death of the protagonist.
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley, “The death of Muirchertach mac Erca”, Revue Celtique 23 (1902): 395–437. Corrigenda: Revue Celtique 24 (1903): 349.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – corrigenda: <link>
[corr.] Stokes, Whitley, “The death of Muirchertach mac Erca [corrigenda]”, Revue Celtique 24 (1903): 120.
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[corr.] [add.] Stokes, Whitley, “The death of Muirchertach mac Erca [corrigenda and addenda]”, Revue Celtique 27 (1906): 202.
Internet Archive: <link>
[tr.] Guyonvarc'h, Christian-J. [tr.], “La mort de Muirchertach, fils d'Erc”, Annales Économies, Sociétés, Civilisations 38:5 (1983): 985–1015.
[tr.] Ní Dhonnchadha, Máirín [ed.], “Gormlaith and her sisters, c. 750-1800”, in: Bourke, Angela (et al., eds), The Field Day anthology of Irish writing, vol. IV: Irish women's writing and traditions, Cork: Cork University Press, 2002. 166–249.
213ff Translation taken from Stokes, but incorporating the emendation by Tomás Ó Concheanainn.
Dennis Groenewegen,Patrick Brown