Beatha Lasrach‘Life of Lasair’

  • Early Modern Irish
  • Irish hagiography
Life of St Lasair of Kilronan (Cell Rónáin).
  • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS B iv 1a (236a) = Book of the Ó Duibhgeannáin [s.xvii (?)]
    pp. 97b–103a
    Breaks off unfinished. The scribe indicates that the conclusion is missing from his exemplar.
  • Language
    • Early Modern Irish
    • (?) Lucius Gwynn suggests that the text may have been modernised from a late Middle Irish original.


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    Lasair of KilronanLasair of Kilronan
    Irish saint, daughter of the St Rónán who is said to have founded Cell Rónáin (Kilronan, Co. Fermanagh) and a patron saint of this foundation as well as Cell Lasrach (Killesher, Co. Fermanagh).
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    Cell Rónáin
    Cell Rónáin ... Kilronan
    County Roscommon
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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.] Gwynn, Lucius, “The Life of St. Lasair”, Ériu 5 (1911): 73–109.

    Secondary sources (select)

    Ó Riain, Pádraig, A dictionary of Irish saints, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011.  
    Scarcely a parish in Ireland is without one or more dedications to saints, in the form of churches in ruins, holy wells or other ecclesiastical monuments. This book is a guide to the (mainly documentary) sources of information on the saints named in these dedications, for those who have an interest in them, scholarly or otherwise. The need for a summary biographical dictionary of Irish saints, containing information on such matters as feastdays, localisations, chronology, and genealogies, although stressed over sixty years ago by the eminent Jesuit and Bollandist scholar, Paul Grosjean, has never before been satisfied. Professor Ó Riain has been working in the field of Irish hagiography for upwards of forty years, and the material for the over 1,000 entries in his Dictionary has come from a variety of sources, including Lives of the saints, martyrologies, genealogies of the saints, shorter tracts on the saints (some of them accessible only in manuscripts), annals, annates, collections of folklore, Ordnance Survey letters, and other documents. Running to almost 700 pages, the body of the Dictionary is preceded by a preface, list of sources and introduction, and is followed by comprehensive indices of parishes, other places (mainly townlands), alternate (mainly anglicised) names, subjects, and feastdays.
    393–394 [‘Lasair of Kilronan’]
    C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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