Cath Maige Mucrama‘The battle of Mag Mucrama’
- Old Irish, Middle Irish
- Cycles of the Kings
- Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1339 (H 2. 18) = Book of Leinster [s. xii2]pp. 288a–292a
- Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 7 [s. xvi]cols 29–40A copy unknown to Stokes when he edited the text. It is incomplete due to the loss of a leaf.
- Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS D ii 2 (1222) [s. xvi (?)]Extract on the dinnshenchas of Áine Clíach = Cnocc Aíne (Knockany).
- Old Irish Middle Irish
- late Old Irish, or early Middle Irish
Modernised version of Cath Maige Mucrama.Dinnshenchas of Áne ChlíachDinnshenchas of Áne Chlíach
An episode in Cath Maige Mucrama which tells of Ailill Ólomm's hostility towards two inhabitants of the síd-mound Áne Chlíach and of the blemish and curse he incurred on account of this. It gives an explanation of Ailill's nickname as well as the name of the hill.Cath CrinnaCath Crinna
Late Middle Irish account of the battle of Crinna, in which Cormac mac Airt is said to have defeated the Ulstermen with the aid of Tadg son of Cían. The saga offers an origin legend of the Cíannacht Breg, explaining how it came to settle near Tara but did not attain the kingship of Tara.Letter from Find, bishop of Kildare, to Áed Úa Crimthainn, abbot of TerryglassLetter from Find, bishop of Kildare, to Áed Úa Crimthainn, abbot of TerryglassThe text recognised by R. I. Best as “the earliest epistolary composition ... in the Irish language” is a scribal note to the text of Cath Maige Mucrama in the 12th-century Book of Leinster, where it occupies the bottom margin of the first page containing that tale. The correspondence is between two of its scribes or compilers: it is written or dictated by Find, bishop of Kildare, and addressed to Áed Úa Crimthainn, abbot and coarb of Terryglass. The letter adheres to the formal requirements of ars dictaminis (the rhetorical art of letter-writing), including such elements as an address, salutation, petition and valediction. Find asks for the writing of the tale (scél) to be completed and also requests the ‘poem-book (dúanaire) of Mac Lonáin’, probably referring to the poet Flann mac Lónáin (d. 891x918), “so that we may study the meanings (cíalla) of the poems that are in it”. William O'Sullivan has concluded that the hand continuing the tale of Cath Maige Mucrama on the next page of the manuscript (p. 289 = f. 207r) is a different one from that of p. 288 and so that one of Áed’s scribes must have taken over as requested.Dinnshenchas of MedraigeDinnshenchas of Medraige
Prose and verse dinnshenchas of Medraige, which gives an account of the battle of Mag Mucrama.
Entry for ‘rincne’ in Sanas Cormaic, with an anecdote about Ferchess, Mac Con and Finn úa Báiscni.
An episode in Cath Maige Mucrama which tells of Ailill Ólomm's hostility towards two inhabitants of the síd-mound Áne Chlíach and of the blemish and curse he incurred on account of this. It gives an explanation of Ailill's nickname as well as the name of the hill.
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