Cath Muige Tuired Cunga ‘The battle of Mag Tuired at Cong’

  • Early Modern Irish
  • prose
  • Mythological Cycle
Early Modern Irish tale of the conflict fought between the Túatha Dé Danann and the Fir Bolg over the sovereignty of Ireland.
Cath Muige Tuired Cunga
‘The battle of Mag Tuired at Cong’
Per one of the concluding lines (Conad é Cath Muige Tuired Cunga conuige sin). The central event of the tale is also referred as the first battle of Mag Tuired, distinguishing it from the battle between the Túatha Dé Danann and the Fomoire.
  • Early Modern Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Lebor gabála Érenn 2G(1). Gabáil Tuath nDéLebor gabála Érenn 2G(1). Gabáil Tuath nDéAn account of the taking of Ireland by the Tuatha Dé Danann, from their previous whereabouts and first arrival in Ireland to the defeat of the Fir Bolg in the first battle of Mag Tuired.


Mythological CycleMythological Cycle


Túatha Dé Danann
Túatha Dé (Danann)
A common Irish designation for a group of supernatural or magical figures in Irish history, broadly equivalent to the áes síde. In the pseudo-historical tradition represented by Lebor gabála Érenn and other texts, they are presented and arguably, to some extent euhemerised as the pre-Christian people that conquered Ireland from the Fir Bolg and were later overcome by the sons of Míl (the Gaels).

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Fir Bolg
Fir Bolg
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Mag TuiredMag Tuired
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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.] Fraser, John, “The first battle of Moytura”, Ériu 8 (1916): 1–63.
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Secondary sources (select)

Murphy, Gerard, “Notes on Cath Maige Tuired”, Éigse 7 (1953–1955): 191–198.
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