Caithréim Cellacháin Chaisil‘The martial career of Cellachán Caisil’

  • Early Modern Irish, Late Middle Irish
  • Cycles of the Kings
  • Early Modern Irish Late Middle Irish
  • Late Middle Irish / Early Modern Irish
Mid-12th century (Ó Corráin 1974)


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
id. 80



The passage describes "an advance by Ceallachan King of Munster, accompanied by the Clan Eogan, to attack the Norsemen in Luimneach (Limerick)." Donald Mackinnon, A descriptive catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh, and elsewhere in Scotland (1912): 112.

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.] Bugge, Alexander [ed. and tr.], Caithreim Cellachain Caisil: the victorious career of Cellachan of Cashel, or the wars between the Irishmen and the Norsemen in the middle of the 10th century, Det norske historiske Kildeskriftfonds skrifter, 36, Christiania: Gundersen, 1905.
CELT – edition: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Septentrionalia.net: <link>
Based primarily on the Book of Lismore and on 23 H 18, with variants from other manuscripts.

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Caithréim Chellacháin Chaisil: history or propaganda?”, Ériu 25 (1974): 1–69.  
Contents: The edition and the manuscripts -- Comment on the text -- Historical analysis of the text -- The Vikings and CCC -- The date and background of CCC -- The source-material used in CCC -- Conclusions.
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Ryan, John, “The historical content of Cathréim Ceallacháin Chaisil”, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 71 (1941): 89–100.
Internet Archive: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
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