verse beg. Crimthan clothrí cóicid hErend

  • Middle Irish
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  • Early Irish poetry
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  • Crimthan clothrí cóicid hErend
Ascribed to: Dubthach maccu LugairDubthach maccu Lugair
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Legendary Irish poet and legal expert, who plays an important role in the pseudo-historical prologue to the Senchas Már.
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The poem is headed ‘Idem Dubthach Cecinit.’ in LL.
  • Middle Irish

“a later date than the tenth century” (Van Hamel).(1)n. 1 A. G. van Hamel, ‘A poem on Crimthann’, Revue Celtique 37 (1917–1919): 342.

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Crimthann mac Énnai ChennselaigCrimthann mac Énnai Chennselaig
son of Énna Cennselach, king of Leinster
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A. G. van Hamel, ‘A poem on Crimthann’, Revue Celtique 37 (1917–1919): 342.

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[ed.] Hamel, A. G. van [ed.], “A poem on Crimthann”, Revue Celtique 37 (1917–1919): 335–344.  

Supersedes the earlier article published in Revue Celtique 36. Van Hamel writes in a footnote: “Owing to the difficulties of communication, which prevailed in Europe at this time, the text was printed without revision of the proofs”.

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Revised version of the article published in RC 36. Contains text from Rawlinson B 502, with a discussion of its relationship to the LL text.
[dipl. ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, Osborn Bergin, M. A. OʼBrien, and Anne OʼSullivan [eds.], The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, 6 vols, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1954–1983.
CELT – 1-260: <link> CELT – 400-470 (excl. Táin bó Cúailnge): <link> CELT – 471-638 and 663 (excl. Dinnshenchas Érenn): <link> CELT – 761-781 and 785-841 (excl. Dinnshenchas Érenn and Togail Troí): <link> CELT – 1119-1192 and 1202-1325 (excl. Esnada tige Buchet and Fingal Rónáin ): <link>
Vol. 1: 216–218. Diplomatic edition of the LL text. direct link
[ed.] [tr.] OʼCurry, Eugene, Lectures on the manuscript materials of ancient Irish history, delivered at the Catholic University of Ireland during the sessions of 1855 and 1856, Dublin, 1861.
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484–491 (Appendix III). Edition and translation of the LL text.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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