Cath Mhaighe Mochruimhe

  • Modern Irish
  • prose
  • Cycles of the Kings

Modernised version of Cath Maige Mucrama.

The text has been described as “a later romanticised version in the inflated style common to many late Mid. Ir. and early Mod. Ir. texts” (O Daly).(1)n. 1 Máirín O'Daly, Cath Maige Mucrama: The battle of Mag Mucrama (1975).
Cath Mhaighe Mochruimhe
Many different spellings occur for this title (Cath Maighe Mucraimhe, Mucroimhe, Mochruimhe, Mhogchruime, Mughcraidhe, etc.).
  • Modern Irish
  • early Modern Irish, late Classical Irish (?)

16th × early 18th century.

prose (primary)
Textual relationships

Apart from Cath Maige Mucrama, other sources may have been used in the composition of the text. According to Ó Cathasaigh, it “contains an account of the conception of Cormac mac Airt which derives at some remove from a source similar to that of SEC [Scéla Éogain ocus Cormaic]”.(2)n. 2 Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, The heroic biography of Cormac mac Airt (1977): 114.

(Possible) sources: Cath Maige MucramaCath Maige Mucrama
Related: Scéla Éogain ⁊ CormaicScéla Éogain ⁊ CormaicCath Maige MucramaCath Maige Mucrama


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Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, The heroic biography of Cormac mac Airt (1977): 114.

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.] Ó Dúnlainge, Micheál, “Cath Mhuighe Macroimhe [part 1]”, Gaelic Journal 17:25 (September, 1907).
[ed.] Ó Dúnlainge, Micheál, “Cath Mhuighe Macroimhe [part 2]”, Gaelic Journal 18:4 (April, 1908).

Secondary sources (select)

d'Arbois de Jubainville, Marie-Henri, Essai d'un catalogue de la littérature épique de l'Irlande: précédé d'une étude sur les manuscripts en langue irlandaise conservés dans les Iles Britanniques et sur le continent, Paris: Thorin, 1883.  
comments: Addenda are to be found in Kuno Meyer, ‘Anecdota from the Stowe MS. n° 992’, Revue Celtique 6 (1883–1885): 187–191. Reprinted: Nieuwkoop: De Graaf, 1969.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
75–77 An undifferentiated list of manuscripts for texts relating to Cath Maige Mucrama. direct link
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