The preface (remfhocul) to Amra Choluim Chille and its commentary
- prose, prosimetrum
- Medieval Irish literature
A prose preface or introduction (rem-fhocul, not to be confused with the verse preface of the canonical poem), beginning ‘Loc dond remfhoculsa chetus Druimm Cetta ...’ in Rawlinson B 502.
The text relates that the poet Dallán Forgaill composed the Amra for Columba on the occasion of the convention at Druim Cett, where the abbot secured the release of Scandlán Mór, negotiated terms of peace between Ireland and the Irish settlers of Scotland and saved the learned classes from expulsion (Dallán recited it after the abbot's death). The story varies in length and detail from one manuscript version to another.
- Loc dond remfhoculsa chetus Druimm Cetta ...
Beir mo bachaill lat im láimBeir mo bachaill lat im láim
Early Irish poem which occurs in the prose preface to the Amra Choluim Chille and related textual contexts. It is a dialogue poem between Colum Cille and Scandlán Mór, apparently in continuation of the previous dialogue poem (beg. Slécht sís, a Scandláin, dom réir), in which Scandlán has promised to deliver tribute at Durrow. In the present poem, Colum Cille offers him his crozier (bachall) as a means of protection against trouble on the road to Durrow, specifically any trouble he might encounter from Domnall mac Áeda.
Druimm Cetta céte na noemDruimm Cetta céte na noemEarly Irish poem (31 qq, unattributed) on the convention of Druim Cett and those who attended the meeting.
Fil súil n-glaisFil súil n-glaisNas-geib ferg in rigan deNas-geib ferg in rigan de
A poem (4 qq) cited in the prose preface to the Amra Choluim Cille and closely related textual contexts, all dealing with the convention at Druim Cett. The prose relates that when Colum Cille blessed Domnall, son of Áed mac Ainmirech, and promised the kingship to him, he incurred the anger of Domnall’s stepmother, Áed’s then wife. After she had accused the saint of corrgainecht (‘sorcery’), he uttered words that transformed her and her handmaiden into cranes (corr ‘crane’). Part of the poem renders the exchange between Colum Cille and the queen.
Early Irish poem (7 qq) in praise of Colum Chille, with ample quotations from the Amra Choluim Chille.
Early Irish dialogue poem (8 qq) between Colum Cille and Coirpre mac Lugdach, with whom he bargains the terms and conditions of his kingship. It is found in the prose preface to the Amra Choluim Chille, according to which Coirpre Líath mac Lugdach was made king instead of his brother Crimthann, although he was later killed while under Colum Cille’s protection (fáessam).
An Irish quatrain attributed to Máel Suthain, which is cited in the prose preface to the Amra Choluim Chille as supporting evidence for the composition of the Amra having been begun in Áth Féine Ollarba and completed in Tech Lomráin.
Why Columba came to Ireland
Why Columba did not see Ireland at first
Columba and his retinue at the assembly
Story of Domnall mac Áeda and the cranes
The poets make music (aidbse) for Columba
Columba's pride and the demons
The poets of Ulster
Columba's plea to Áed to retain the poets in Ireland
Columba and Scandlán Mór
Columba, Scandlán Mór and Cummíne
Verse: Beir mo bachaill lat im láim
The advice of Comgall mac Comgelláin
The composition of the Amra postponed
The recitation of the Amra (1)
The recitation of the Amra (2)
The sons of Lugaid Lámderg
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