Leabhar Oiris ‘The book of chronicles’

  • Irish annals, Medieval Irish literature
History of the battles fought by Brian Bóruma since c. 979, with annals for events up to 1027.
Munster (Best)
Textual relationships

Cf. Dublin Annals of Inisfallen (Best)

Related: Dublin Annals of InisfallenDublin Annals of InisfallenA compilation of annals made in Paris by John O’Conor (Seán Ó Conaire) for John O’Brien (Seán Ó Briain), bishop of Cloyne (d. 1769). The annals run from AD 250 to 1320 and focus on events concerning the province of Munster.


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The text is cited in various places, e.g. vol. 2, p. 234 ff, where he gives Chronicle of the O'Maolconneries [Ó Maolconaire] as an alternative title.

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.] Best, R. I. [ed.], “The Leabhar Oiris”, Ériu 1 (1904): 74–112.
CELT – edition and preamble: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Several episodes known from the Leabhar Oiris were edited by Eoin MacNeill, without the annals which precede and follow the text in Best's edition. His text is sometimes close to that found in TCD MS 1289, but no manuscript source is given.
[ed.] MacNeill, Eoin, “Cath Cluan Tairbh”, Gaelic Journal 7 (1896): 8–11, 41–44, 55–57.
[ed.] MacNeill, Eoin, “Cian mac Maolmhuaidh”, Gaelic Journal 7 (1896): 67–71.

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Lochlainn, Colm [ed.], “Poets on the battle of Clontarf [part 1]”, Éigse 3:3 (1943): 208–218.
Ó Lochlainn, Colm [ed.], “Poets on the battle of Clontarf [part 2]”, Éigse 4:1 (1945): 33–47.
OʼHalloran, Sylvester, A general history of Ireland from the earliest accounts to the close of the twelfth century, 2 vols, London, 1778.
Askaboutireland.ie – Volumes 1 and 2: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
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