Do feartaib Cairnich ‘On the miracles of Cairnech’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Irish hagiography
Short narrative text concerning the miracles of St Cairnech, patron saint of Tuilén (Dulane, Co. Meath, near Kells). It is attested as an interpolation in the Book of Ballymote version of Lebor Bretnach.
  • Middle Irish
  • late Middle Irish?
prose (primary)


Irish hagiographyIrish hagiography



Cairnech of DulaneCairnech of Dulane
patron saint of Tulén (Dulane, Co. Meath) and likely to be an Irish version of the British saint Carannog
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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.] Todd, James Henthorn, Leabhar Breathnach annso sis: the Irish version of the Historia Britonum of Nennius, Dublin: Irish Archaeological Society, 1848.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Digitale-sammlungen.de: <link> Digitale-sammlungen.de: <link>
178–193 (Appendix I)

Secondary sources (select)

Wadden, Patrick, “Do feartaib Cairnich, Ireland and Scotland in the twelfth century”, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 33 (2013, 2014): 189–213.
Dennis Groenewegen
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