verse beg. Is olc atá a nÉri anocht

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Irish prophetic poem ascribed to Cairell mac Curnáin.

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  • Is olc atá a nÉri anocht
Ascribed to: Cairell Sen mac CurnáinCairell Sen mac Curnáin
Cairell mac Curnáin
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id. 47094


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.

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[ed.] [tr.] OʼKearney, Nicholas, The prophecies of Ss. Columbkille, Maeltamlacht, Ultan, Seadhna, Coireall, Bearcan, Malachy, &c. : together with the prophetic collectanea, or gleanings of several writers who have preserved portions of the now lost prophecies of our saints, with literal translation and notes, Dublin, London: John O'Daly, John Russell Smith, 1856.  

O’Kearney’s source materials for the texts he provides are not clear. On pp. 16-17, he tries to assure the reader “that the original Irish accompanying the translation has been copied from old vellum manuscripts, and that no pains or expense has been spared to procure copies wherever they were known to have extant. To this may be added the care and trouble taken to collate the transcripts made with an old paper copy of most of those rophecies which belonged to a student, named O'Hagan, of St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, who, at his decease, some years ago, bequeathed it to the Library of that Institution, where it now lies, and can be inspected by the curious. Hence, it is hoped that the antiquity of the language will be found a sufficient proof of their originality, and the purity of the metre, of their perfect correctness.” The paper manuscript referred to is not known today.

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118–125 O'Kearney states that “Coireall son of Cronan is written Coireall son of Ronan in some MSS”.
[tr.] Anonymous, “The prophecy of Seandain; The prophecy of Coirel Mac Croinean; Prophecy entitled A Oisin an Radharin; Extract of a prophecy entitled Feircheirtne; Columcill’s moral sayings; Extract from Maoltamhlachta; Extract from Fuaras a Saltoir Cashel”, The Irish Magazine, and Monthly Asylum for Neglected Biography 1 (1808): 434–436, 492–496.  
comments: Note: many of the English translations appear in NLI MS G 193.
Dennis Groenewegen
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