verse beg. Clann Ollaman uaisle Emna

  • Late Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
Anonymous Irish poem (80 st.) on the Christian kings of Ulster, thought by F. J. Fyrne to have been written in the reign of Eochaidh Mac Duinnshléibhe (1158-1166).
First words (verse)
  • Clann Ollaman uaisle Emna
  • Late Middle Irish
12th c.
verse (primary)
  • sétnad mór (8²+7¹+8²+7¹)
Number of stanzas


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry


kings of Ulsterkings of Ulster
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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.] Byrne, F. J. [ed. and tr.], “Clann Ollaman uaisle Emna”, Studia Hibernica 4 (1964): 54–94.

Secondary sources (select)

Ní Mhaonaigh, Máire, “The Hectors of Ireland and the western world”, in: John Carey, Kevin Murray, and Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (eds), Sacred histories: a Festschrift for Máire Herbert, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015. 258–268.
Clarke, Michael, “An Irish Achilles and a Greek Cú Chulainn”, in: Ruairí Ó hUiginn, and Brian Ó Catháin (eds), Ulidia 2: proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Maynooth 24-27 July 2005, Maynooth: An Sagart, 2009. 238–251.
Dennis Groenewegen
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