Immirge na Ciarraige ‘The migration of the Ciarraige’

  • Late Old Irish, Middle Irish
  • Cycles of the Kings
Early Irish anecdote about the migration of the Ciarraige from their original homeland in Munster into Connacht and about the foundation of the church of St Caelainn at Termonn Caelaind (in Kilkeevin, Co. Roscommon).
First words (prose)
  • Cuin tancatar Ciarraigi a Connachtaib?
  • Late Old Irish Middle Irish
  • Late Old Irish and Middle Irish: the text “exhibits a mixture of Old and Middle Irish grammatical forms. This mixture can be best explained by the assumption that it was written during the Old Irish period but was revised thereafter in part in order to bring it more linguistically up-to-date” (Hull).
As it stands, the text “probably represents a partial revision of an older version undertaken by an unknown reviser about A.D. 1150” (Hull)


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
id. 80



Church foundationsChurch foundations

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Ciarraige AíCiarraige Aí
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Áed mac Echach Tirmcharna
Áed mac Echach Tirmcharna
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Coirpre mac ConaireCoirpre mac Conaire
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Caelainn of Termonn MórCaelainn of Termonn Mór
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Termonn CaelaindTermonn Caelaind
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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.] Hull, Vernam [ed. and tr.], “The migration of the Ciarraige”, Speculum 25 (1950): 184–189.
Edition and translation
[tr.] OʼDonovan, John [ed. and tr.], Leabhar na g-Ceart, or the Book of rights, Dublin: Celtic Society, 1847.
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Secondary sources (select)

Ó Riain, Pádraig, A dictionary of Irish saints, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011.  
Scarcely a parish in Ireland is without one or more dedications to saints, in the form of churches in ruins, holy wells or other ecclesiastical monuments. This book is a guide to the (mainly documentary) sources of information on the saints named in these dedications, for those who have an interest in them, scholarly or otherwise. The need for a summary biographical dictionary of Irish saints, containing information on such matters as feastdays, localisations, chronology, and genealogies, although stressed over sixty years ago by the eminent Jesuit and Bollandist scholar, Paul Grosjean, has never before been satisfied. Professor Ó Riain has been working in the field of Irish hagiography for upwards of forty years, and the material for the over 1,000 entries in his Dictionary has come from a variety of sources, including Lives of the saints, martyrologies, genealogies of the saints, shorter tracts on the saints (some of them accessible only in manuscripts), annals, annates, collections of folklore, Ordnance Survey letters, and other documents. Running to almost 700 pages, the body of the Dictionary is preceded by a preface, list of sources and introduction, and is followed by comprehensive indices of parishes, other places (mainly townlands), alternate (mainly anglicised) names, subjects, and feastdays.
151–152 [‘Caolainn of Termon More’]
Ó Muraíle, Nollaig, “Some early Connacht population-groups”, in: Alfred P. Smyth (ed.), Seanchas. Studies in early and medieval Irish archaeology, history and literature in honour of Francis J. Byrne, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000. 161–177.
Grosjean, Paul, “The pedigree of Saint Caelainn”, Journal of Celtic Studies 1 (1949–1950): 193–198.
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