Rule of Fothud na Canóine

  • Old Irish
  • Texts associated with the Céli Dé
Rule of Fothud na Canóine
Also known as Ríagal Mo Chutu, the Rule of Mochutu.
Ascribed to: Mo Chutu of Rahan and LismoreMo Chutu of Rahan and Lismore
(d. 637)
Mo Chutu mac Fínaill, Carthach (the younger), Mo Chutu of Rahan, Mo Chutu of Lismore
Mo Chutu mac Fínaill (Carthach the younger), patron saint of Rathan (Rahan, Co. Offaly) and Les Mór (Lismore, Co. Wexford)
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Fothud na CanóineFothud (or Fothad)
(d. 819)
Fothad na Canóine
early Irish poet who was attached to the church of Othain (now Fahan, Inishowen barony, Co. Donegal)
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Ascribed to Fothud na Canóine (d. 819) in RIA MS 23 N 10; to St Mo Chutu / St Carthach (d. 637) in Leabhar Breac, Additional 30512, YBL, and TCD 1285 (H 1. 11).
  • Old Irish
Beginning of the 9th century (Strachan).


Texts associated with the Céli DéTexts associated with the Céli Dé


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.] Meyer, Kuno, “A medley of Irish texts: X. Incipit Regula Mucuta Raithni”, Archiv für celtische Lexikographie 3 (1907): 312–320.  
Additional 30 512, f. 20 a; with 23 N 10, p. 82.
Celtic Digital Initiative – edition: <link> CELT – edition: <link>
Edition of the text from Additional 30512, with variants from 23 N 10.
[ed.] Reeves, William, The Culdees of the British Islands, as they appear in history: with an appendix of evidences, Dublin: Gill, 1864.
HathiTrust: <link>
82–83 Only the section called Do chéliu Dé from YBL.
[ed.] [tr.] Reeves, William, “On the Céli Dé, commonly called Culdees”, Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy 24 — Antiquities (1873): 119–263.
JSTOR: <link>
200 Again, the subsection only, with a translation by John O'Donovan.

Secondary sources (select)

Follett, Westley, Céli Dé in Ireland: monastic writing and identity in the early Middle Ages, Studies in Celtic History, 23, Woodbridge, 2006.
Kenney, James F., “Chapter V: The monastic churches: II. The churches of the sixth to ninth centuries; general treatises”, in: James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Revised ed., 11, New York: Octagon, 1966. 372–485.
473–474 (§ 267) [id. 267.]
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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