Cáineadh Whaley ‘The abuse of Whalley’
verse beg. Créd an tocht nó an sprocht so ar Ghaodhlaibh?

Fear Dorcha Ó Dálaigh
  • Early Modern Irish, Modern Irish
  • verse
Irish poem composed in 1701 by Fear Dorcha Ó Dálaigh as a lampoon on Dublin astrologer and almanac-maker John Whalley.
First words (verse)
  • Créd an tocht nó an sprocht so ar Ghaodhlaibh?
Ó Dálaigh (Fear Dorcha)
Ó Dálaigh (Fear Dorcha)
(fl. late 17th c.)
Irish poet based in Dublin, son of Cormac Ó Dálaigh; known for an Irish poem which vilifies astrologer John Walley.

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Copies of the poem include a signatory line at the end saying that the poet's name is ‘One-eyed’ (Se m'ainm go dilios Minoculatus), which is usually interpreted as a reference to the poet's Christian name Fear Dorcha in the sense of ‘dark i.e. blind man’.

This list is still incomplete. Manuscripts include:

Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 32
rubric: ‘Imghearrughadh Whaelly’
beg. ‘Creud é a tocht no an sprochthsa air Ghaodhaluibh’
132 lines. Incl. colophon in the last line: Is é m'ainm go dilis Mane Culatus.
London, British Library, MS Egerton 154
ff. 39v–?41r
rubric: ‘Cáineadh Waley’
beg. ‘Créd an tochd nó an sprochd so ar ghaodhlaibh’
13 st.
London, British Library, MS Egerton 155
ff. 58r–?60r
rubric: ‘Caine Whealey’
beg. ‘Créd é an tocht no sprocht so ar Ghaodhlaibh’
118 lines.
London, British Library, MS Egerton 155
f. 150r–v
rubric: ‘Caineadh Whally’
beg. ‘Gode an sprocht no an tocht sa ar Ghaedhluibh’
110 lines and ceangal of 4 lines. Incl. the signatory line Se m'ainm go dilios Minoculatus. Inserted leaf in the hand of Muiris Ó Gormáin.
Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Adv. MS 72.2.7
ff. 7v.1–9v
rubric: ‘Aodhair do Dhoctuir Whealy air dha bhi moladh do n Pharlumaid reachd thoirt a mach gus na Sagairtean do spoth’
beg. ‘Creud e n tost na n sprochd so th air ghaoidhile’
19th c. 111 lines (according to Ronald Black; Mackinnon counted 108). Colophon in the last line: se m'ainm go dilis Minico Latus.
  • Early Modern Irish Modern Irish

1701 (Mahon).

verse (primary)



Whalley (John)Whalley (John)
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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.] OʼDonovan, John [ed.], and James Clarence Mangan [tr.], The tribes of Ireland: a satire by Aenghus O'Daly, Dublin: John O'Daly, 1852.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
27–32 Text only.

Secondary sources (select)

Mahon, William J., Seán Ó Neachtáin. The history of Éamon O'Clery, Inveran: Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2000.
189 n. 114
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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July 2020, last updated: September 2023