Etsecht Bic meic Dé

  • Early Irish
  • prose

Short Irish story of Becc mac Dé, his prophetic gift and the three falsehoods he utters on the day of his death, when he meets Colum Cille. The text is essentially an excerpt from the first recension of Aided Diarmata meic Cerbaill.

  • Early Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
(Possible) sources: Aided Díarmata meic Cerbaill (Recension I)Aided Díarmata meic Cerbaill (Recension I)A composite Middle Irish tale about the reign and (threefold) death of Díarmait mac Cerbaill, king of Ireland. A common theme is the king’s violation of ecclesiastical sanctuary or protection.



Becc mac Dé
Becc mac Dé
(d. 550s)
legendary seer, best known from literary sources as an Irish prophet associated with Díarmait mac Cerbaill

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Colum Cille
Colum Cille
(fl. 6th century)
founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).

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Dennis Groenewegen
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May 2019, last updated: January 2024