Cath Almaine‘The battle of Allen’

  • Old Irish
  • Cycles of the Kings
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  • Old Irish
Textual relationships
Related: Scéla Cormaic meic Cuilennáin ⁊ na crosánScéla Cormaic meic Cuilennáin ⁊ na crosánA brief Irish prose story, with poem, concerning the death of Cormac mac Cuilennáin, who was slain in the battle of Mag Ailbe (908). On the night before the battle, three entertainers (crossáin) promise the king to perform before him the following night, but the king and the crossáin do not live to meet again. By some act of divine providence, however, the crossáin are allowed to perform their art and utter a poem beg. Truaghán sin, a Rí na righ (10qq).


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
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Cathal mac FinguineCathal mac Finguine
(d. 742)
A king of Munster from the Éoganacht Glendamnach, known for his military conflicts with kings of the Uí Néill, including Fergal mac Máele Dúin (d. 722) and the latter’s son Áed Allán (d. 743). In a Middle Irish narrative satire, Aislinge Meic Con Glinne, he is portrayed as being possessed by a demon of gluttony.
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Fergal mac Máele DúinFergal mac Máele Dúin
(d. 722)
Fergal mac Maíle Dúin
king of Tara from the Cenél nÉogain
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Cú Brettan mac CongussoCú Bret(t)an mac Congusso
(d. 740)
Cú Bretan mac Congusso
king of Fir Roiss (in modern-day Co. Monaghan); son of Congus; father of the Irish poets Blathmac and Donn Bó
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Donn Bó mac Con BrettanDonn Bó mac Con Brettan
Irish poet; son of Cú Brettan mac Congusso
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[ed.] Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Cath Almaine, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series, 25, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978.
CELT – edition: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The battle of Allen”, Revue Celtique 24 (1903): 41–70, 446 (add. and corr.).
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
[tr.] Ford, Patrick K. [tr.], The Celtic poets: songs and tales from early Ireland and Wales, Belmont, Massachusetts: Ford & Bailie, 1999.
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