Oidheadh chloinne Tuireann ‘The violent death of the children of Tuireann’

  • Early Modern Irish
  • Mythological Cycle

Manuscripts include:

Transcribed by Patrick Brown (Co. Clare) in 1805.
Transcribed by Micheál Óg Ó Longáin (d. 1837) in 1797.
Incomplete. Transcribed by Andrew Mac Curtin in 1734.
  • Early Modern Irish
16th-17th century


Mythological CycleMythological Cycle


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.] OʼCurry, Eugene [ed. and tr.], “The ‘Trí thruaighe na scéalaigheachta’ (i.e. the ‘Three most sorrowful tales’,) of Erinn. — III. ‘The fate of the children of Tuireann’”, The Atlantis 4 (1863): 157–240.
HathiTrust – originally from Google Books: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] OʼDuffy, Richard J. [ed. and tr.], Oidhe chloinne Tuireann: The fate of the children of Tuireann, Dublin: Gill, 1888.  
Based on a manuscript of William Casey, 1820. Published for the Society for the Preservation of the Irish Language
Internet Archive – 1901 reprint: <link>
[tr.] Ua Ceallaigh, Sean [ed.], Trí truagha na scéaluidheachta: Oide clainne Tuireann: Oide clainne Lir: Oide clainne Uisnig, Dublin: M. H. Mac Guill agus a Mac, 1927.
5–41. Text in Modern Irish.
[tr.] Joyce, P. W. [tr.], Old Celtic romances, 3rd ed., London: Longmans, 1907.
Internet Archive – 1920 reprint: <link> Internet Archive – 1879 edition: <link> Internet Archive – 1879 edition: <link>
37–96. The introductory tale about Nuadu is omitted here.

Secondary sources (select)

Breatnach, Caoimhín, “Oidheadh Chloinne Tuireann agus Cath Maige Tuired: dhá shampla de mhiotas eiseamláireach”, Éigse 32 (2000): 35–46.
Thurneysen, Rudolf, “Tuirill Bicren und seine Kinder”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 12 (1918): 239–250.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
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April 2011, last updated: January 2024