verse beg. Góedel Glas ó tát Goídil

Gilla Cóemáin
  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Irish legendary history
Initial words (verse)
  • Góedel Glas ó tát Goídil
“Góedel Glas from whom are descended the Goídil”
Gilla CóemáinGilla Cóemáin
(fl. 1072)
Middle Irish poet
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Ascribed to: Gilla CóemáinGilla Cóemáin
(fl. 1072)
Middle Irish poet
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Gilla Cóemáin (fl. 1072)
  • Middle Irish
verse (primary)


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry

Irish legendary historyIrish legendary history


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.] Macalister, R. A. Stewart [ed.], Lebor gabála Érenn: The book of the taking of Ireland, 5 vols, vol. 2, Irish Texts Society 35, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 1933.  

Concerning this section in the recensions which he calls R1, Min, R2 and R3, Macalister writes that it “has suffered modification in translation from the original Latin and in subsequent transmission [...] and in consequence two versions R1 and R2, differing widely, have come into being. [...] The version [of this section] in Min need not detain us: it does not differ essentially from R1. We turn now to R3, which in this section is very clumsy and awkward patchwork, based upon the two earlier versions, with the addition of some extraneous matter. [...] The close relationship of his [the compiler's] MS of R1 (*Q), to F, observed in the preceding section is here maintained.”

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90–107 (Poem XIII) direct link
[ed.] [tr.] Lehmacher, Gustav [ed. and tr.], “Goedel Glass”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 13 (1921): 151–163.
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Secondary sources (select)

Smith, Peter J., Three historical poems ascribed to Gilla Cóemáin: a critical edition of the work of an eleventh-century Irish scholar, Studien und Texte zur Keltologie 8, Münster: Nodus Publikationen, 2007.
Dennis Groenewegen
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