verse beg. Aniar táinic tuitim Bhriain

  • Early Modern Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
Elegiac poem on the fall of Brian Bóruma. It is cast in the form of a dialogue between two poets, Mac Líacc, who asks questions about those fallen in the battle of Clontarf, and Mac Coise of Clonmacnoise, who is able to provide answers.
First words (verse)
  • Aniar táinic tuitim Bhriain
“From the west the fall of Brian came”
  • Early Modern Irish
  • ?
verse (primary)


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry


battle of ClontarfIreland c.800-c.1169
battle of Clontarf
id. 27255

Series of events leading up to and during the battle of Clontarf as well as its aftermath.

Mac Líacc [Muirchertach]Mac Líacc ... Muirchertach
(d.. 1014 / 1016 (AU))
Muirchertach ... Mac Líacc
Middle Irish poet, who is described as 'chief poet of Ireland' (ard-ollamh Érenn) in the Annals of Ulster; becomes the subject of a body of later medieval Irish literature.
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Urard mac CoiseUrard mac Coise
(d. 983 x 1023)
Irard mac Coise, Erard mac Coise
Irish poet
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Brian BoruBrían Bóruma (Brian Boru)
(c. 941–23 April 1014)
Brían Bóruma, Brian Bóruma
High-king of Ireland from the Dál Cais, son of Cennétig mac Lorcáin (d. 951); typically known for breaking the hegemony of the Uí Néill in Ireland; died at the battle of Clontarf (1014). He is the celebrated hero of Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib, a twelfth-century propagandistic narrative text that has helped to enhance his reputation.
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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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OʼGrady, Standish Hayes, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the [British Library, formerly the] British Museum, vol. 1, London: British Museum, 1926.
349–350 Extracts.

Secondary sources (select)

OʼCurry, Eugene, and W. K. Sullivan [ed.], On the manners and customs of the ancient Irish: a series of lectures, 3 vols, vol. 2: Lectures, vol. 1, London, 1873.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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