Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill ‘The life of Aodh Ruadh Ó Domhnaill’

Ó Cléirigh (Lughaidh)
  • Early Modern Irish
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Lughaidh Ó CléirighÓ Cléirigh (Lughaidh)
Irish historian and poet, known best as the author of a ‘biography’ of Aodh Ruadh Ó Domhnaill (Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill) and as one of the initiators of the ‘Contention of the Bards’; was one of the sons of Mac Con Ó Cléirigh and a cousin of Mícheál Ó Cléirigh.
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Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 24 D 14
English translation of a part of the original.
London, British Library, MS Egerton 123
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Aodh Ruadh Ó DomhnaillÓ Domhnaill (Aodh Ruadh)
O'Donnell (Red Hugh), Ó Domhnaill (Aodh Ruadh mac Aodha meic Maghnusa)
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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.] Walsh, Paul [ed,], Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill, as Leabhar Lughaidh Uí Chlérigh: The life of Aodh Ruadh O Domhnaill, transcribed from the Book of Lughaidh Ó Clérigh, 2 vols, vol. 1, Irish Texts Society, 42, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 1948.  
comments: I. Text and translation
II. Introduction, glossary, et al.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Corpas.ria.ie – edition: <link>
[ed.] Breatnach, Pádraig A., “A seventeenth-century abridgement of Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill”, Éigse 33 (2002): 77–172.
[ed.] [tr.] Murphy, Denis, Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Ui Dhomhnaill: The life of Hugh Roe O'Donnell, prince of Tirconnell (1586-1602), Dublin: Fallon, 1895.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>

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Walsh, Paul [ed.], Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Ui Dhomhnaill: The life of Aodh Ruadh Ó Domhnaill, transcribed from the Book of Lughaidh Ó Clérigh, 2 vols, Irish Texts Society, 42, 45, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 1948–1957.
The second volume contains an introduction, etc.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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