Dinnshenchas of Boand

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Dinnshenchas Érenn, Mythological Cycle
Dinnshenchas of the River Boyne (Boand), offering two different explanations of the name.
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  • Dinnshenchas Érenn C
  • prose
  • For the poems associated with the prose text in manuscripts of this recension, see entries linked below.
Dinnshenchas Érenn B
Dinnshenchas Érenn C
  • Middle Irish
prose (primary)
verse (secondary)
Contains poems
Dia Boann broga Breag’ » Rawlinson B 506.
Textual relationships
Related: Dinnshenchas of Boand IDinnshenchas of Boand IDinnshenchas poem of the River Boyne (Boand).Dinnshenchas of Boand IIDinnshenchas of Boand IIDinnshenchas poem on Boand (the Boyne), addressed to Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill (d. 1022).


Dinnshenchas Érenn
Dinnshenchas Érenn
id. 6712
Mythological CycleMythological Cycle




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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.] Stokes, Whitley, “The Bodleian dinnshenchas”, Folk-Lore 3 (1892): 467–516.
TLH – edition: <link> TLH – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
500 [id. 36. ‘Boann’] Prose from Rawlinson B 506. direct link
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley, “The prose tales in the Rennes dindshenchas”, Revue Celtique 15 (1894): 272–336, 418–484.  

An edition and translation of the prose texts in the Dinnshenchas Érenn as they occur in Rennes, Bibliothèque de Rennes Métropole, MS 598. Missing texts are supplied from the Book of Lecan version.

TLH – edition (I, pp. 277-336): <link> TLH – translation (I): <link> TLH – edition (II, pp. 418-484): <link> TLH – translation (II): <link> Celtic Digital Initiative: <link> Internet Archive – 272–336: <link> Internet Archive – 272–336: <link> Internet Archive – 418–484: <link> Internet Archive – 418–484: <link>
315–316 [id. 19. ‘Bóand’] Prose from the Rennes MS. direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Sayers, William, “The Old Irish Bóand/Nechtan myth in the light of Scandinavian evidence”, Scandinavian-Canadian Studies / Études scandinaves au Canada 1 (1983): 63–78.
Dennis Groenewegen
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