Cath Muighe Tuireadh‘The Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh’
verse beg. do chath mhuighe tuireadh ann so

  • Early Modern Irish
First words (verse)
  • do chath mhuighe tuireadh ann so
“Of the Battle of Magh Tuireadh here”
entire text
  • Early Modern Irish
ca. 1398
Textual relationships
Related: Cath Maige TuiredCath Maige Tuired


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 Cuív, Brian [ed.], Cath Muighe Tuireadh: the Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1945.

Secondary sources (select)

Hoyne, Mícheál, “The political context of Cath Muighe Tuireadh, the Early Modern Irish version of the Second battle of Magh Tuireadh”, Ériu 63 (2013): 91–116.  
Two versions of the Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh are extant: an Old Irish version in British Library Harleian MS 5280 and an Early Modern Irish version in RIA MS 24 P 9. Through an analysis of the latter text and its manuscript context, and drawing on the evidence of Bardic poetry and other historical sources, this paper attempts to identify the political context in which the Early Modern Irish version was composed. It is argued that it was produced c. 1398 for a branch of the Mac Diarmada family and that it reflects the contemporary political struggles in which they were involved.