Do mháithribh na náomh ‘On the mothers of saints’

  • Irish
  • prose
  • Irish genealogical texts, Irish religious texts
Tract on the mothers of Irish saints.
Do mháithribh na náomh
‘On the mothers of saints’
John Colgan, Acta sanctorum veteris et maioris Scotiæ seu Hiberniæ, sanctorum insulæ (1645): 5 refers to the tract as Liber de matribus sanctorum Hiberniae.
Unknown. John Colgan erroneously attributes the text to Óengus céile Dé.
pp. 372[18]a1–373[19]b8
beg. Ondbaiuin no Gombauin do Bretnaib máthir Patric
pp. 354d1–354e17
“At 372a13 the following note occurs: secht ningena Dallbronaig etcetera usque conscera oentaid ar noeb etcetera. This is a reference to 354d1, and means that the passage commencing at that point down to 354e17 should be inserted here” (Plummer).
ff. 117va–118r
beg. Ondbahum uel Gondbum do Breatnaibh mathair Padraic
f. 34ra–35ra
beg. Ondbahum no Gondbaum do Bretnaib mathair Padraic
Not extant, but Pádraig Ó Riain suggests the text was originally contained in this manuscript.
f. 165
Copied from London, British Library, MS Additional 30512 (Plummer).
  • Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships

The text was known to both Geoffrey Keating and John Colgan.


Irish genealogical textsIrish genealogical texts

Irish religious textsIrish religious texts


saints of IrelandIreland and Irish history, Irish people, saints
saints of Ireland
id. 27585


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.] Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Corpus genealogiarum sanctorum Hiberniae, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1985.
169–181 (§ 722)

Secondary sources (select)

Plummer, Charles, “A tentative catalogue of Irish hagiography”, in: Charles Plummer, Miscellanea hagiographica Hibernica: vitae adhuc ineditae sanctorum Mac Creiche, Naile, Cranat, 15, Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1925. 171–285.
Utrecht University Library: <link>
§ 195
Ó Riain, Pádraig, A dictionary of Irish saints, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011.  
Scarcely a parish in Ireland is without one or more dedications to saints, in the form of churches in ruins, holy wells or other ecclesiastical monuments. This book is a guide to the (mainly documentary) sources of information on the saints named in these dedications, for those who have an interest in them, scholarly or otherwise. The need for a summary biographical dictionary of Irish saints, containing information on such matters as feastdays, localisations, chronology, and genealogies, although stressed over sixty years ago by the eminent Jesuit and Bollandist scholar, Paul Grosjean, has never before been satisfied. Professor Ó Riain has been working in the field of Irish hagiography for upwards of forty years, and the material for the over 1,000 entries in his Dictionary has come from a variety of sources, including Lives of the saints, martyrologies, genealogies of the saints, shorter tracts on the saints (some of them accessible only in manuscripts), annals, annates, collections of folklore, Ordnance Survey letters, and other documents. Running to almost 700 pages, the body of the Dictionary is preceded by a preface, list of sources and introduction, and is followed by comprehensive indices of parishes, other places (mainly townlands), alternate (mainly anglicised) names, subjects, and feastdays.
Dennis Groenewegen
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