Oidheadh Chonlaoich (mic Con gCulainn)‘The violent death of Conlaoch (son of Cú Chulainn)’

  • Early Modern Irish
  • prose
  • Ulster Cycle

Early modern prose version of the story known in earlier versions as Aided óenfir Aífe.


Manuscripts include:

  • Early Modern Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Aided óenfir AífeAided óenfir AífeShort tale about the only son of Cú Chulainn and Aífe, and the boy’s death at the hands of his father. This entry covers two versions: (1) AOA I = a late Old Irish text preserved in the Yellow Book of Lecan, which is the best known version, and (2) AOA II = a younger, much abridged version in TCD 1336, which serves to introduce the topic of legal accountability and compensation (corpdíre).


Ulster Cycle
Ulster Cycle
id. 1797


Cú ChulainnCú Chulainn
Young Ulster hero and chief character of Táin bó Cuailnge and other tales of the Ulster Cycle; son of Súaltam or Lug and Deichtire (sister to Conchobor); husband of Emer (ingen Forgaill)
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(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle, Conchobar mac Nessa)
A warrior woman and instructor of warriors in the Ulster Cycle, notably responsible for training the hero Cú Chulainn.
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Aífe ingen AirdgemeAífe ingen Airdgeme
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
Character in the Ulster Cycle of Irish literature, notably the tragic tale Aided óenfir Aífe. When the Ulster hero Cú Chulainn stays in Alba to receive training-in-arms from Scáthach (her mother or sister), Aífe has an affair with him and later gives birth to his only son. In the Yellow Book of Lecan version, Aífe is called a daughter of one Ardgeimm.
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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.] Walsh, Paul [ed.], “Oidheadh Chonlaoich mic Con gCulainn”, in: Cuallacht Chuilm Cille (ed.), Éigse suadh is seanchaidh, Dublin: Gill, 1909. 13–28 (edition), 59–71 (notes).
Tionscnaimh.fng.ie – Edited text from pp. 13-28: <link>
From three Maynooth manuscripts, chief of which is Maynooth MS O'Renehan 70.

Secondary sources (select)

Thurneysen, Rudolf, Die irische Helden- und Königsage bis zum siebzehnten Jahrhundert, Halle: Niemeyer, 1921.  
comments: Part 1 (chapters 1-23): Allgemeines; Part 2 (chapters 1-85): Die Ulter Sage
Internet Archive: <link>
408–412 Aided Chonlæich mic ConCulainn.
Dennis Groenewegen
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April 2011, last updated: September 2022