verse beg. Ailbe umal Pátric Muman mó cach ráth

  • Early Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
A specimen of early Irish verse cited in the Latin Life of St Declán of Ardmore (Vita sancti Declani § 21) and the later, vernacular version of the same saint (Betha Decclain).
First words (verse)
  • Ailbe umal Pátric Muman mó cach ráth
  • Early Irish
  • ‘Old Irish’ (Thes. pal.)
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas: 1


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry



Déclán of ArdmoreDéclán of Ardmore
Declán of Ardmore, Déclán mac Eircc
Déclán mac Eircc (late 5th century), patron saint of Ard Mór (Ardmore, Co. Waterford)
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Ailbe of EmlyAilbe of Emly
(supp. fl. 5th/early 6th century)
Patron saint of Imlech Ibair (Emly, Co. South Tipperary), remembered as one of the pre-Patrician saints of Munster.
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Déisi MumanDéisi Muman
No short description available
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Saint PatrickSaint Patrick
(fl. 5th century)
St Patrick
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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.] Plummer, Charles, Vitae sanctorum Hiberniae, partim hactenus ineditae, 2 vols, vol. 2, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1910.
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48 § 21 From Vita sancti Declani
[ed.] [tr.] Power, P. [ed.], Life of St. Declan of Ardmore and Life of St. Mochuda of Lismore, Irish Texts Society, 16, London: Irish Texts Society, 1914.
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42–43 From Betha Decclain
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley, and John Strachan [eds.], Thesaurus palaeohibernicus: a collection of Old-Irish glosses, scholia, prose, and verse, 3 vols, vol. 2: Non-Biblical glosses and scholia; Old-Irish prose; names of persons and places; inscriptions; verse; indexes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1903.  
comments: Reprinted by DIAS in 1987, together with Stokes' supplementary volume.
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297 [‘Old Irish verse in the Life of S. Declan’] Passage taken from James Ussher's quotation (publ. 1639, see below). direct link
[ed.] [tr.] Ussher, James, The whole works of James Ussher, ed. Charles Richard Elrington, 18 vols, vol. 6: Brittanicarum ecclesiarum antiquitates, caput XIV-XVII, Dublin: Hodges, Smith, 1847.  
First issued on October 30, 1831.
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428 (caput xvii) Text and Latin translation.
Dennis Groenewegen
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