The colloquy between Fintan and the hawk of Achill
verse beg. Arsaidh sin, a eoúin Accla

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Irish legendary history, Mythological Cycle
Poem presenting a conversation between Fintan mac Bóchra, the sole survivor of the Flood, and an ancient hawk (seboc) of the island of Achill.
First words (verse)
  • Arsaidh sin, a eoúin Accla
  • Middle Irish
  • ?
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas: 116
Number of lines: 465


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry

Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry

Irish legendary historyIrish legendary history

Mythological CycleMythological Cycle


Fintan mac Bóchra
Fintan mac Bóchra
(time-frame ass. with universal history)
A figure of medieval Irish tradition who survives the Flood and lives to give eye-witness accounts of the history of Ireland

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hawk of Achillhawk of Achill
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[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “The colloquy between Fintan and the hawk of Achill”, in: Osborn Bergin, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. OʼKeeffe (eds), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 1, Halle and Dublin, 1907. 24–39.
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[tr.] Hull, Eleanor, “The hawk of Achill or the legend of the oldest animals”, Folk-Lore 43:4 (1932): 376–409.
Discussion, with an English translation of part of the text (with assistance from Maud Joynt).
Translation wanted
A full translation has not been recorded at this stage.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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May 2011, last updated: January 2024