Cét breth rucad i nÉirinn‘The first judgment that was made in Ireland’

  • Early Irish
  • prose
  • Irish legendary history
Anecdote about the first judgment made in Ireland, which is said to have been uttered by Amairgen.
Cét breth rucad i nÉirinn
‘The first judgment that was made in Ireland’
After the opening sentence (below)
First words (prose)
  • Ciassa cet breath ruccud i nEirind?
  • Early Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Cf. the versions of the story in different recensions of Lebor gabála Érenn and Keating's Foras feasa ar Éirinn.


Irish legendary historyIrish legendary history


Amairgen mac MíledAmairgen (Glúngel) mac Míled
Amairgen Glúngel
(time-frame ass. with Érimón mac Míled, Éber Finn mac Míled)
legendary poet in medieval Irish literature
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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.] Smith, R. M. [ed.], “The first judgment of Amairgin”, in: J. Fraser, Paul Grosjean, and J. G. OʼKeeffe (eds), Irish texts, fasciculus I, London, 1931. 63.
Celtic Digital Initiative: <link>
[ed.] Binchy, D. A. [ed.], Corpus iuris Hibernici, 7 vols, vol. 6, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978.  
comments: numbered pp. 1926–2343; diplomatic edition of legal material from:
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1336 (continued)
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1387
  • Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 502
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1308
  • London, British Library, MS Additional 4783
  • London, British Library, MS Nero A 7
  • Copenhagen, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, MS NKS 261b
  • Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 3
  • Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 11
  • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS C i 2
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1318/16
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS E 3. 3
2127.6ff Diplomatic edition
Translation wanted
[tr.] Qiu, Fangzhe, “The First Judgment in Ireland”, in: Anders Ahlqvist, and Pamela OʼNeill (eds), Fír fesso: a festschrift for Neil McLeod, 17, Sydney: University of Sydney, 2018. 185–201.
Adacemia.edu – The first judgment in Ireland: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen, Pierre Faure
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February 2013, last updated: August 2020