Félire Óengusso ‘The martyrology of Óengus’

Óengus of Tallaght
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  • Texts associated with the Céli Dé
Óengus of Tallaght
Óengus (mac Óengobann) of Tallaght
(fl. early part of the 9th century)
author of Félire Óengusso

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Related: Preface to the Félire ÓengussoPreface to the Félire ÓengussoA Middle Irish preface added to the text of Félire Óengusso.Náemhshenchas náemh Insi Fáil (Version C)Náemhshenchas náemh Insi Fáil (Version C)

A metrical list of the saints of Ireland that represents an expanded version (243 qq) of an earlier such list. This recension is considered to be the work of Cú Choigcríche Ó Cléirigh or Peregrine O’Clery, who prefixed a prose preface in which he explains that he supplied additional verses for saints not previously included and names the sources he used, including the Félire Óengusso and Martyrology of Gorman. His text is accompanied by glosses that appear to have the Martyrology of Donegal as their source.

O’Clery’s glossary (Foclóir na Sanasán Nua)O’Clery’s glossary (Foclóir na Sanasán Nua)

An Irish glossary compiled by Mícheál Ó Cléirigh. who dedicated it to Baothghalach Mac Aodhagáin.

Oratio sancti BrendaniOratio sancti Brendani

Medieval Latin litany or lorica, with a preface which attributes its composition to Brendan, abbot of Clonfert. It is preserved in manuscripts from the 11th century onward. Its date of composition is unknown.

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Commentary to Félire ÓengussoCommentary to Félire ÓengussoThe Middle Irish commentary which accompanies manuscript texts of the Félire Óengusso.


Texts associated with the Céli DéTexts associated with the Céli Dé

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Preface (Remfhocul) » entry

Description: A Middle Irish preface added to the text of Félire Óengusso.

[1] Invocation » entry

[2] Prologue » entry

First prologue (prolach)

[3] January » entry

[4] February

[5] March

[6] April

[7] May

[8] June

[9] July

[10] August

[11] September

[12] October

[13] November

[14] December

[15] Epilogue


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.] Stokes, Whitley, The martyrology of Oengus the Culdee, Henry Bradshaw Society, 29, London: Harrison, 1905.  
Edition and translation of the Félire Óengusso, with introduction, notes, etc.
CELT – edition (prefaces, prologue, main text and epilogue): <link> Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Breatnach, Liam, “Varia: 1. An Old Irish gloss on Cáin lánamna. 2. An instance of do-maisi in the Irish Gospel of Thomas. 3. An OIr attestation of suacht, in Félire Óengusso”, Ériu 57 (2007): 155–163.
Dumville, David N., “Félire Óengusso. Problems of dating a monument of Old Irish”, Éigse 33 (2002): 19–48.
Follett, Westley, Céli Dé in Ireland: monastic writing and identity in the early Middle Ages, Studies in Celtic History, 23, Woodbridge, 2006.
Hennig, John, “The notes on non-Irish saints in the manuscripts of Félire Óengusso”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 75 C (1975): 119–159.
Hennig, John, “Studies in the Latin texts of the Martyrology of Tallaght, of Félire Oengusso and Félire húi Gormáin”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 69 C:4 (1970): 45–112.
Hennig, John, “The Félire Oengusso and the Martyrologium Wandalberti”, Medieval Studies 17 (1955): 227–233.
Schneiders, Marc, “‘Pagan past and Christian present’ in Félire Oengusso”, in: Doris Edel (ed.), Cultural identity and cultural integration: Ireland and Europe in the early Middle Ages, Blackrock: Four Courts Press, 1995. 157–169.
Schneiders, Marc, “Félire Oengusso en de liturgie”, in: Doris Edel, W. P. Gerritsen, and Kees Veelenturf (eds), Monniken, ridders en zeevaarders: opstellen over vroeg-middeleeuwse Ierse cultuur en Middelnederlandse letterkunde; aangeboden aan Maartje Draak; met een bibliografie van haar publikaties alsmede een autobiografische bijdrage, Amsterdam: Gerard Timmer Prods, 1988. 39–59.
Stokes, Whitley, “On the Calendar of Oengus”, Revue Celtique 5 (1881–1883): 339–380, 508.  

A revised version of the preface to Stokes 1880 (linked below).

Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Thurneysen, Rudolf, “Die Abfassung des Félire von Oengus”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 6 (1908): 6–8.
Internet Archive: <link>
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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