verse beg. Scuchais in fer cerdda ar cáe

  • Early Irish
  • verse

Poem (6qq) on Cairid mac Findcháem, an ancestor of the Conmaicne Cúile Tolad and Síl Caritha, who was blessed by St Patrick. The earliest manuscript version, which is in Rawlinson B 502, adds two additional quatrains, which are, however, metrically distinct from the first 6 qq of the poem.

First words (verse)
  • Scuchais in fer cerdda ar cáe
f. 216r
beg. ‘Scuchais an fer cor an chái’
6qq. Part of the Life of Benén mac Sescnén.
  • Early Irish
verse (primary)
The final two quatrains in the Rawlinson version are in different metrical forms.
  • rannaigecht dialtach (al. rannaigecht mór) (7¹+7¹+7¹+7¹)
Number of stanzas: 6



Cairid [a quo Síl Caritha]Cairid ... a quo Síl Caritha
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Conmaicne, Conmhaicne
Early Irish population group, including branches such as the Conmaicne Dúine Móir (alias C. Ceniúil/Cenéoil Dubáin), Conmaicne Cúile (Tolad) and the Conmaicne Réin.

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Conmaicne Cúile Tolad
Conmaicne Cúile Tolad
or simply, C. Cúile; branch of the Conmaicne

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Síl CarithaSíl Caritha
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Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick
(fl. 5th century)
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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.] OʼBrien, M. A. [ed.], Corpus genealogiarum Hiberniae, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1962.  
comments: Reprinted in 1976 and 2005, with an introduction by J. V. Kelleher.
CELT – pp. 1–332 (Rawl. B 502): <link>
317–318 Rawl. B 502 version.
[ed.] Grosjean, Paul, “Notulae hibernicae”, Analecta Bollandiana 49 (1931): 98–101.
[ed.] [tr.] Grosjean, Paul, “De S. Benigno: episcopo Ardmachano”, in: Hippolyte Delehaye, and Paul Peeters (eds), Acta sanctorum, 68 vols, vol. 67: Novembris tomus 4, Paris, 1925. 145–188.
180–181 Text of the poem in the Brussels MS, with Latin translation.

Secondary sources (select)

OʼRahilly, T. F., Early Irish history and mythology, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1946.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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