Immathchor nAilella ⁊ Airt ‘Mutual restitution between Ailill and Art’

  • Old Irish
  • Early Irish law texts, Cycles of the Kings
  • Old Irish
  • Old Irish (Corthals)

c. 700 (Corthals)
The lawsuit is described in rosc
Textual relationships
For a different version of the beginning of the narrative, see Dinnshenchas of Slíab Comailt.
Related: Dinnshenchas of Slíab ComailtDinnshenchas of Slíab Comailt

A version of the beginning of the text known as Immathchor nAilella ocus Airt.


Early Irish law textsEarly Irish law texts

Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
id. 80


Ailill ÓlommAilill Ólomm
Ailill Aulom
(time-frame ass. with Irish legendary history)
king of Munster; reputed ancestor of the Éoganacht and Dál Cais; a prominent figure in various king-tales, such as those revolving around the Battle of Mag Mucrama.
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Sadb ingen ChuinnSadb ingen Chuinn
(time-frame ass. with Ailill Ólomm, Lugaid Mac Con, Conn Cétchathach)
daughter of Conn Cétchathach and wife of Ailill Ólomm, king of Munster.
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Art mac CuinnArt mac Cuinn
(time-frame ass. with Irish legendary history)
legendary Irish king, father of Cormac mac Airt
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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.] Corthals, Johan [ed.], “Affiliation of children: Immathchor nAilella ⁊ Airt”, Peritia 9 (1995): 92–124.  
This is an edition and translation of an Old-Irish legal text, dating probably from c.700, and describing a lawsuit on the assignment of twins, after their mother Sadb had been repudiated by their father Ailill Aulomm. A decision is reached on the basis of principles governing marriage and an ordeal is avoided. The legal proceedings are represented as being conducted in a highly artistic style, commonly called rosc or retoiric in Irish studies, and deriving from late antique and medieval rhetoric.
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Immathchor Ailello ocus Airt”, in: Osborn Bergin, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. OʼKeeffe (eds), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 3, Halle and Dublin, 1910. 27–29.  
Edition based on Rawlinson 512, with variants.
Celtic Digital Initiative: <link>
A critical edition, with English translation, based on Rawlinson B 512, with variants. Diplomatic editions of three individual manuscript texts are also provided.
[tr.] “Early medieval law, c. 700–1200”, in: Angela Bourke, Siobhán Kilfeather, and Maria Luddy [et al.] (eds), The Field Day anthology of Irish writing, vol. IV: Irish women's writing and traditions, Cork: Cork University Press, 2002. 6–44.
CELT – Cáin lánamna (pp. 22–26): <link>
35 translation.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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