Dublin, University College, MS Franciscan A 20 (b) Duanaire Finn

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Collection: Franciscan A: Irish-language manuscripts
Franciscan A 20 (b)
Duanaire Finn
Provenance and related aspects
s. xvii1
17th century, 1626–1627
Hands, scribes
Ó Dochartaigh (Aodh)
Ó Dochartaigh (Aodh)
(fl. 17th century, first half)
Irish soldier and scribe. His patron was Capt. Somhairle Mac Domhnaill for whom he compiled two volumes of Irish verse, namely volume b of UCD Franciscan MS A 20 (Duanaire Finn) and the Book of the O'Conor Don.

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Mac Domhnaill (Somhairle)
Mac Domhnaill (Somhairle)
(c. 1586–1632)
(Captain) Somhairle Mac Domhnaill, soldier who belonged to Clann Dhomhnaill of Co. Antrim; ended up in Flanders in 1616 to join the Irish regiment of the Spanish army; a patron who commissioned the compilation of Irish manuscripts.

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Captain Somhairle Mac Domhnaill
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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.] “University College Dublin”, 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: <>.
For editions, see Duanaire Finn.

Secondary sources (select)

Ó hUiginn, Ruairí, “Duanaire Finn: patron and text”, in: John Carey (ed.), Duanaire Finn: reassessments, 13, London: Irish Texts Society, 2003. 79–106.
MacNeill, Eoin [ed.], Duanaire Finn: The book of the lays of Fionn, 3 vols, vol. 1: Irish text, with translation into English, Irish Texts Society, 7, London: Irish Texts Society, 1908.
Foclóir na Nua-Ghaeilge – editions: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
Murphy, Gerard, Duanaire Finn: The book of the lays of Fionn, 3 vols, vol. 3: Introduction, notes, appendices and glossary, Irish Texts Society, 43, London: Irish Texts Society, 1953.
Internet Archive: <link>
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C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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