verse beg. Muinter Pádraig na paiter

  • Middle Irish
  • verse

Middle Irish poem containing a long list of members of St Patrick’s household and attributed to Flann, possibly for Flann Mainistrech.

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  • Muinter Pádraig na paiter
Ascribed to: Flann Mainistrech
Flann Mainistrech
(d. 1056)
Middle Irish poet ass. with Monasterboice (Mainistir Buite)

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Attributed to Flann, possibly for Flann Mainistrech. Francis Byrne and Pádraig Ó Riain dismiss the possibility that Flann Mainistrech was its author, Byrne calling the poem too ‘pedestrian’ to be reliably attributed to him. For a more sympathetic view, however, see Eystein Thanisch cited below (esp. 170-171).

The following overview draws on Eystein Thanisch, The reception and use of Flann Mainistrech and his work in medieval Gaelic manuscript culture, vol. 1 (2015) and references found in that work.

ff. 34ra.1–52vb.10
rubric: ‘conad do chuimnedad na n-anmand sin ⁊ aesa uird Phatraic adbert Flann’
72 individuals, following a similar list in prose enumerating 24 persons. The final quatrain attributes the poem to Flann.
18th-century copy.
18th-century copy.
ff. 48r.18–49.24
f. 218v.14–22
An abridged version (11qq) found as a 17th-century marginal addition made by one ‘Henry Burc’ to a text of AFM s.a. 448.2. Refers to 31 individuals of the original poem + 11 individuals in three additional qq.
  • Middle Irish
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Related: Irish list of Patrick’s householdIrish list of Patrick’s household

An Irish list of members of St Patrick’s household, possibly compiled during the abbacy of Joseph, bishop-abbot of Armagh (ob. 936).



Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick
(fl. 5th century)
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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.] Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Corpus genealogiarum sanctorum Hiberniae, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1985.
119–122 (§672) Edited from the Book of Lecan.
[ed.] [tr.] OʼDonovan, John, Annala rioghachta Eireann: Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland, by the Four Masters, from the earliest period to the year 1616, 7 vols, vol. 1: [Introduction; Epistle dedicatory; Approbations; 2242 BC–902 AD], 2nd ed., Dublin: Hodges, Smith & Co., 1856.
Internet Archive: <link> CELT – Edition: <link> CELT – Translation: <link>
134–137 AFM version.

Secondary sources (select)

Thanisch, Eystein P., “The reception and use of Flann Mainistrech and his work in medieval Gaelic manuscript culture”, 2 vols, vol. 1, PhD thesis, University of Edinburgh, 2015.
Edinburgh Research Archive – PDF: <link>
Byrne, F. J., “Ireland and her neighbours, c.1014–c.1072”, in: Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (ed.), A new history of Ireland, vol. 1: Prehistoric and early Ireland, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. 862–898.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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