Críchad an Chaoilli

  • Early Modern Irish
  • prose
  • Irish texts
Topographical tract on the kingdom of Fir Maige Féne or Caílle (Caoille)
  • Early Modern Irish
MacCotter (2013) suggests that the tract is Early Modern Irish in its received form, but “based upon original material, some of which can be dated to the period 1138 × 1151, and some of which appears earlier”.
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Fir Maige Féne
Fir Maige Féne

Irish dynasty and kingdom (also Caílle) that ultimately gave its name to the Anglo-Norman cantred of Fermoy, Co. Cork.

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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.] OʼKeeffe, J. G., “The ancient territory of Fermoy”, Ériu 10 (1926–1928): 170–189.
CELT – edition, with preamble: <link> CELT – translation, with preamble: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Power, P., Crichad an Chaoilli: being the topography of ancient Fermoy, Irish Historical Documents, 2, London, Cork: Longmans, Green & Co., Cork University Press, 1932.
Edition, translation, introduction and notes, with a facsimile of the text in the Book of Lismore (36–43).

Secondary sources (select)

MacCotter, Paul, “Túath, manor and parish: kingdom of Fir Maige, cantred of Fermoy”, Peritia 22–23 (2011-2012, 2013): 224–274.
MacCotter, Paul, Medieval Ireland: territorial, political and economic divisions, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008.
Dennis Groenewegen
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August 2015, last updated: January 2024