De maccaib Conaire‘Concerning the sons of Conaire’

  • Cycles of the Kings, Ulster Cycle, minor Irish prose tales
Prose narrative in which the sons of Conaire mac Moghaláma take revenge on Nemed mac Srobcind for slaying their father. Gwynn suggests that the scribe of the Book of Leinster amended his text so as to make this story a continuation of Togail bruidne Da Derga.
  • Middle Irish?
Textual relationships
Cf. Togail bruidne Da Derga. A fuller account, which also includes the tale of Nemed (Neimed)'s death, is told by Keating in Foras feasa ar Éirinn.


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
id. 80
Ulster Cycle
Ulster Cycle
id. 1797
minor Irish prose tales (foscéla)Irish narrative literature
minor Irish prose tales (foscéla)
id. 33994

Relatively short prose tales in Irish. In learned discourse from the Middle Irish period and later, a distinction is sometimes made between the longer prím-scél and the shorter fo-scél. See eDIL s.v. ‘foscél’ for some references. In the first two volumes of BILL (1913 and 1942), Best included separate headings for ‘Minor tales’.


Conaire mac MoghalámaConaire mac Moghaláma
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Nemed mac SrobcindNemed mac Srobcind
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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.] Gwynn, Lucius [ed. and tr.], “De maccaib Conaire”, Ériu 6 (1912): 144–153.
Based on LL.
[dipl. ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, and M. A. O'Brien, The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 5, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1967. xv + pp. 1119-1325.
CELT – pp. 1119-1192 and 1202-1325: <link>
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Dennis Groenewegen, Patrick Brown
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October 2010, last updated: August 2020