Caithréim Thoirdhealbhaigh ‘The triumph of Turlough’

  • Early Modern Irish
  • Cycles of the Kings
Early Modern Irish historical saga dealing with events in Thomond from the late 13th to early 14th century.
First words (prose)
  • Ag so do'n phrímleabhar seanchasa dá ngairmid eolaigh Caithréim Toirdealbaigh [preface] ... Ar dtecht d'urlamas Eirenn i seilb ghall isin mbliadain d'áis Chríst. 1172
Ascribed to: Mac Craith (Seaán mac Ruaidhrí)
Mac Craith (Seaán mac Ruaidhrí)
(fl. mid–14th century)
Irish historian, member of the Meic Craith (Magraths) who appear as a hereditary family of bardic poets. He is reputed to have written the Caithréim Thoirdhealbhaigh.

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  • Early Modern Irish
Mid-14th century (Gibson).
Textual relationships
Related: Cogad Gáedel re GallaibCogad Gáedel re GallaibLong Middle Irish narrative work on the achievements of Brían Bóruma, especially those against the vikings.Dublin Annals of InisfallenDublin Annals of InisfallenA compilation of annals made in Paris by John O’Conor (Seán Ó Conaire) for John O’Brien (Seán Ó Briain), bishop of Cloyne (d. 1769). The annals run from AD 250 to 1320 and focus on events concerning the province of Munster.


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
id. 80


Ó Briain (Toirrdelbach) [d. 1306]
Ó Briain (Toirrdelbach) ... d. 1306
(d. 1306)
King of Thomond, son of Tadhg Ó Briain.

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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.] OʼGrady, Standish Hayes [ed. and tr.], Caithréim Thoirdhealbhaigh: The triumphs of Turlough, 2 vols, Irish Texts Society, 26, 27, London: Irish Texts Society, 1929.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Gibson, D. Blair, From chiefdom to state in early Ireland, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
201ff [‘The world of Caithréim Thoirdhealbhaigh’]
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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October 2010, last updated: January 2024