Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 3 Book of Ádhamh Ó Cianáin

  • Irish
  • s. xiv-xv
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum
Manuscript miscellany which originally belonged to a larger codex, together with NLI MS G 2.
G 3
Book of Ádhamh Ó Cianáin
manuscript miscellanies Irish poetry and verse (vernacular) early Irish legal texts
Provenance and related aspects
s. xiv-xv
14th-15th centuries
Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Hand Ádam Ó CianáinÓ Cianáin (Ádam)
(fl. 14th century)
Ó Cianáin (Adhamh)
Ádam Ó Cianáin of Lisgoole, Co. Fermanagh, Irish scribe. His obit is recorded in AFM s.a. 1374.
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Codicological information
Table of contents

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Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

[dig. img.] “National Library of Ireland”, Anne-Marie OʼBrien, and Pádraig Ó Macháin, Irish Script on Screen (ISOS) – Meamrám Páipéar Ríomhaire, Online: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1999–present. URL: <>.

Secondary sources (select)

Hayden, Deborah, “Cryptography and the alphabet in the ‘Book of Ádhamh Ó Cianáin’”, in: Deborah Hayden, and Paul Russell (eds), Grammatica, gramadach and gramadeg: vernacular grammar and grammarians in medieval Ireland and Wales, 125, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2016. 35–64.
Ní Shéaghdha, Nessa, and Pádraig Ó Macháin, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland, Studies in Irish Manuscripts, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1961–1996.  
comments: 13 fasciculi published between 1961 and 1996:
  • Fasc. 1: MSS G 1 – G 14 (Ní Shéaghdha 1967)
  • Fasc. 2: MSS G 15 – G 69 (Ní Shéaghdha 1961)
  • Fasc. 3: MSS G 70 – G 114 (Ní Shéaghdha 1976)
  • Fasc. 4: MSS G 115 – G 160 (Ní Shéaghdha 1977)
  • Fasc. 5: MSS G 161 – G 207 (Ní Shéaghdha 1979)
  • Fasc. 6: MSS G 208 – G 257 (Ní Shéaghdha 1980)
  • Fasc. 7: MSS G 258 – G 330 (Ní Shéaghdha 1982)
  • Fasc. 8: MSS G 331 – G 373 (Ní Shéaghdha 1984)
  • Fasc. 9: MSS G 374 – G 433 (Ní Shéaghdha 1986)
  • Fasc. 10: MSS G 434 – G 500 (Ní Shéaghdha 1987)
  • Fasc. 11: MSS G 501 – G 599 (Ó Macháin 1990)
  • Fasc. 12: MSS G 600 – G 699 (Ní Shéaghdha 1990)
  • Fasc. 13: MSS G 700 – G 773 (Ó Macháin and Ní Shéaghdha 1996) – first 9 fasciculi: <link>
Fasc. 1
Carney, James P., “The Ó Cianáin miscellany”, Ériu 21 (1969): 122–147.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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