Colum Cille, Comgall and Cainnech

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  • Irish religious texts
No title occurs in the manuscript.
First words (prose)
  • Colum Cilli ⁊ Comhghall ⁊ Caindech dochúatar do thigh Crumthir Dathí
prose (primary)
verse (secondary)
Contains poems
Nocho loingiubh-sa cu moch’ • ‘Caithem sére ar soiscélu’ • ‘Mad dia teacmad céle Dé


Irish religious textsIrish religious texts


Colum Cille
Colum Cille
(fl. 6th century)
founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).

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Comgall of Bangor
Comgall of Bangor
(d. 601/602)
Comgall (mac Sétnai) moccu Araidi, patron saint of Bangor

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Cainnech of Aghaboe
Cainnech of Aghaboe
Cainnech moccu Dalonn, patron saint of Achad Bó Chainnig (Aghaboe, Co. Laois) and Cell Chainnig (Kilkenny)

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Nath Í of Achonry
Nath Í of Achonry
Irish saint, patron of Achad Conaire (Achonry, Co. Sligo)

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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.] Pokorny, Julius [ed.], “Drie Erzaehlungen aus dem Buch von Lismore”, in: J. Fraser, Paul Grosjean, and J. G. OʼKeeffe (eds), Irish texts, fasciculus I, London, 1931. 42–44.  
comments: An edition of three narratives from the Book of Lismore:
I. Colum Cille, Comgall und Cainnech [fol. 43b2 ff], pp. 42-43
II. St Patrick und Laegaire's Sohn Lugaid [fol. 44a1 ff], pp. 43-44
III. Maoil Póil und die tote Nonne [fol. 44b1 ff], p. 44.
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[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], Lives of saints from the Book of Lismore, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Mediaeval and Modern Series, 5, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1890.
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xv The first few lines, with an English translation.
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Ó Riain, Pádraig, A dictionary of Irish saints, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011.  
Scarcely a parish in Ireland is without one or more dedications to saints, in the form of churches in ruins, holy wells or other ecclesiastical monuments. This book is a guide to the (mainly documentary) sources of information on the saints named in these dedications, for those who have an interest in them, scholarly or otherwise. The need for a summary biographical dictionary of Irish saints, containing information on such matters as feastdays, localisations, chronology, and genealogies, although stressed over sixty years ago by the eminent Jesuit and Bollandist scholar, Paul Grosjean, has never before been satisfied. Professor Ó Riain has been working in the field of Irish hagiography for upwards of forty years, and the material for the over 1,000 entries in his Dictionary has come from a variety of sources, including Lives of the saints, martyrologies, genealogies of the saints, shorter tracts on the saints (some of them accessible only in manuscripts), annals, annates, collections of folklore, Ordnance Survey letters, and other documents. Running to almost 700 pages, the body of the Dictionary is preceded by a preface, list of sources and introduction, and is followed by comprehensive indices of parishes, other places (mainly townlands), alternate (mainly anglicised) names, subjects, and feastdays.
511 [‘Nathí of Achonry’]
Dennis Groenewegen
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