Cáin Díarmata ‘The law of Díarmait’

  • Early Irish
  • prose
  • Early Irish law texts

An early Irish legal text, now lost, but mentioned briefly in a passage on the ‘extent of the cánai’. Ó Cróinín suggests that the Díarmait in question is Díarmait of Killeshin (Co. Laois).

Ascribed to: Díarmait of Killeshin
Díarmait of Killeshin
Díarmait (Diarmuid) of Killeshin, early Irish saint whose church is Glenn Uissen, now Killeshin (Co. Laois). His feast-day is 8 July.

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The text is associated with a certain Díarmait, whether or not he was also regarded as the author of the text. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Early medieval Ireland, 400–1200 (1995): 80 suggests identification with Díarmait of Killeshin.
  • Early Irish
prose (primary)


Early Irish law textsEarly Irish law texts


Secondary sources (select)

Breatnach, Liam, A companion to the Corpus iuris Hibernici, Early Irish Law Series, 5, Dublin: DIAS, 2005.  

A companion to D. A. Binchy, CIH (1978). Review article: Neil McLeod, ‘Review,A true companion to the Corpus iuris Hibernici’, Peritia 19 (2005).

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C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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