Lebor gabála Érenn, Ó Cléirigh recension ‘The book of the taking of Ireland’

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  • Cycles of the Kings, Irish legendary history, Lebor gabála Érenn, Mythological Cycle, Compilation
A modern version of Lebor gabála Érenn, revised by Micheál Ó Cléirigh and his associates in 1631.
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A Emain idnach óebindA Emain idnach óebind

Middle Irish poem which is concerned with the origins of Emain Macha and is attested as a poem incorporated in recensions of Lebor gabála Érenn. While the Book of Leinster version seems to break off after 16 qq, the longer version which occurs in other recensions (46 qq) has a final quatrain which attributes the poem to Eochaid úa Flainn.


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R. Mark Scowcroft, ‘Leabhar Gabhála. Part I: the growth of the text’, Ériu 38 (1987): 84.

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.] [tr.] Macalister, R. A. S., and John Mac Neill, Leabhar Gabhála: the book of conquests of Ireland. The recension of Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, vol. 1, Dublin, 1916.  
comments: Unfinished, as no further volumes have been forthcoming.
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Edition, with translation, based on 23 K 32. It is left incomplete.

Secondary sources (select)

Breatnach, Pádraig A., “On the Ó Cléirigh recension of Leabhar gabhála”, Éigse 37 (2010): 1–57.
Flahive, Joseph J., “Macalister and the Ó Cleirigh Leabhar Gabhála”, in: John Carey (ed.), Lebor gabála Érenn: textual history and pseudohistory, 20, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 2009. 76–93.
Carey, John (ed.), Lebor gabála Érenn: textual history and pseudohistory, Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series, 20, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 2009.
Scowcroft, R. Mark, “Leabhar Gabhála. Part I: the growth of the text”, Ériu 38 (1987): 79–140.  
Scowcroft, R. Mark, “Leabhar Gabhála. Part II: the growth of the tradition”, Ériu 39 (1988): 1–66.  
Hamel, A. G. van, “On Lebor Gabála”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 10 (1915): 97–197.
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