Aislinge Meic Con Glinne ‘Mac Con Glinne’s dream vision’

  • Late Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Cycles of the Kings
B =
pp. 213–219
Longer version of the text. Most of the elaborations in this text that are not present in H have been explained as later innovations.
H =
pp. 732–743
Shorter version of the text. Although its orthography is frequently modernised, it is usually considered, e.g. by Jackson, to be generally closer to the original than B.
  • Late Middle Irish
prose (primary)
verse (secondary)


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
id. 80


Cathal mac Finguine
Cathal mac Finguine
(d. 742)
A king of Munster from the Éoganacht Glendamnach, known for his military conflicts with kings of the Uí Néill, including Fergal mac Máele Dúin (d. 722) and the latter’s son Áed Allán (d. 743). In a Middle Irish narrative satire, Aislinge Meic Con Glinne, he is portrayed as being possessed by a demon of gluttony.

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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.] Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone [ed.], Aislinge Meic Con Glinne, Dublin: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1990.
CELT – edition: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], Aislinge Meic Conglinne: The Vision of Mac Conglinne, a Middle-Irish wonder tale, London: Nutt, 1892.
CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – image scans: <link>
[tr.] Preston-Matto, Lahney [tr.], Aislinge Meic Conglinne: The Vision of Mac Conglinne, Medieval Studies, Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2010.
[tr.] Ford, Patrick K. [tr.], The Celtic poets: songs and tales from early Ireland and Wales, Belmont, Massachusetts: Ford & Bailie, 1999.
[tr.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [tr.], “Mac Conglinnes Vision”, in: Rudolf Thurneysen [tr.], Sagen aus dem alten Irland, Berlin, 1901. 131–147.
CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
[ed.] Dottin, Georges, Manuel d’irlandais moyen, 2 vols, vol. 2, Paris, 1913.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
107–116 [id. 23.] Extract only based on LB.
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