Scúap a Fánait ‘The besom out of Fánait’

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A prophecy attributed to Mo Ling, beginning ‘A Dé mair conagabaind mo di erail’, which occurs at the end of the text in Leabhar Breac, has been catalogued separately.
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A Dé mair conagabaind mo di erailA Dé mair conagabaind mo di erailA prophecy in verse attributed to Mo Ling. 29 lines. It is cited at the end of the Scúap a Fánait narrative in Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 P 16.


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The broom out of Fánat (Scúap a Fánait)
The broom out of Fánat (Scúap a Fánait)
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According to an apocalyptic prophesy attributed to Colum Cille and Ailerán, the Last Judgment is near when a mysterious ‘broom’ (scúap) will come from Fanat (Co. Donegal) to cleanse Ireland. This event is said to occur in revenge for the death of John the Baptist and is often associated with his feastday.


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, Lectures on the manuscript materials of ancient Irish history, delivered at the Catholic University of Ireland during the sessions of 1855 and 1856, Dublin, 1861.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – Originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>, <link> Internet Archive – multiple copies: <link>
426–428, 632–634. Discussion and translation, with the Irish text in the appendix. direct link direct link
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley, The martyrology of Oengus the Culdee, Henry Bradshaw Society, 29, London: Harrison, 1905.  
Edition and translation of the Félire Óengusso, with introduction, notes, etc.
CELT – edition (prefaces, prologue, main text and epilogue): <link> Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>
190–191. direct link

Secondary sources (select)

De Finibus website, Online: UCC, ?–present. URL: <https://www.ucc.ie/en/definibus>. 
Project website, which includes a catalogue of key texts and bibliography.
Dennis Groenewegen
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