Orgguin trí mac Díarmata mic Cerbaill ‘The slaying of the three sons of Díarmait mac Cerbaill’

  • Old Irish, Middle Irish
  • Cycles of the Kings, Aideda
  • Old Irish Middle Irish
  • Old and Middle Irish. “In their present form these stories [Aided Máelodráin‎ and Orgguin trí mac Díarmata mic Cerbaill] show a confusion of earlier and later forms, and there are so many minor variations of wording that it would be hard to come to any conclusion as to the original text. But enough archaic forms are preserved […] to make it possible that the date of the original composition was within the Old Irish period.” (Greene).(1)n. 1 David Greene, Fingal Rónáin and other stories (1955).


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
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Díarmait mac Cerbaill
Díarmait mac Cerbaill
(supp. d. 565)
In Irish historical tradition, high-king of Ireland, son of Fergus Cerrbél.

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David Greene, Fingal Rónáin and other stories (1955).

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[ed.] Greene, David [ed.], Fingal Rónáin and other stories, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series, 16, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1955.
CELT – Fingal Rónáin (ed.): <link> TITUS – Fingal Rónáin (ed.): <link> CELT – Orgain Denna Ríg (ed.): <link> CELT – Esnada tige Buchet (ed.): <link> CELT – Orgguin trí mac Diarmata meic Cerbaill (ed.): <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], Hibernica minora, being a fragment of an Old-Irish treatise on the Psalter, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Mediaeval and Modern Series, 8, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1894.
Internet Archive: <link> TLH – Erchoitmed ingine Gulidi (ed. and tr.): <link>
70–75. Edition based on the Rawlinson MSS.
[ed.] Hull, Vernam, “The death of the three sons of Diarmait mac Cerrbeóil”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 25 (1956): 91–99.
Edition based on the Book of Uí Maine version.
[ed.] Mac Eoin, Gearóid, “The death of the boys in the mill”, Celtica 15 (1983): 60–64.
An edition of one passage only.
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