verse beg. Mithig dam-sa tairerad / do thriall o thoraib teglaig

  • Middle Irish
  • verse

Religious Irish poem (10 qq) on pilgrimage. In MSS of the Annals of the Four Masters, under the year 926, it is attributed to Céle Dabhail, abbot of Bangor, who is said have composed it before going on pilgrimage to Rome. The copy in Laud Misc. 615, a collection of poetry associated with Colum Cille, comes with an attribution to that saint.

First words (verse)
  • Mithig dam-sa tairerad / do thriall o thoraib teglaig
Ascribed to: Colum Cille
Colum Cille
(fl. 6th century)
founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).

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Céle Dabhail mac ScannailCéle Dabhail mac Scannail
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. (and to Cormac mac Cuilennáin in a late manuscript copy).
L =
p. 108
rubric: ‘Colum Cille cecinit’
beg. ‘Mithidh damhsa taireradh.’
10 qq.
Lism =
f. 95(53)vb.16–end
beg. ‘Mithid damhsa toiriread’
10 qq. No ascription.
Transcript from the Book of Lismore.
Late copies attr. to Cormac mac Cuilennáin
N =
p. 175
rubric: ‘Cormac mac Cuillionáin .cc.’
Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 72
rubric: ‘Cormac mac Cuillionáin [cc]’
beg. ‘Mithid damhsa toiriread’
Here ascribed to Cormac mac Cuilennáin. 8 1/2 qq.

Annals of the Four Masters

AFM sub anno 926, where it is attributed to one Cele-dabhail mac Scannláin (?).

  • Middle Irish
  • Middle Irish?
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas: 10 qq.



pilgrimages⟨religious practices and behaviours⟩, journeys
id. 51678


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.] Henry, P. L., The early English and Celtic lyric, London: George Allen & Unwin, 1966.
64–66 Based chiefly on Laud 615, with variants from other MSS.
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno, “A medley of Irish texts: IX. Colum Cille cecinit”, Archiv für celtische Lexikographie 3 (1907): 311–312.  
Laud 615, p. 108 and 23 N 3, p. 175. 10qq.
Celtic Digital Initiative: <link>
Edited from Laud 615 and RIA 23 N 3.
[ed.] [tr.] OʼDonovan, John, Annala rioghachta Eireann: Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland, by the Four Masters, from the earliest period to the year 1616, 7 vols, vol. 2: [903–1171; Addenda et corrigenda], 2nd ed., Dublin: Hodges, Smith & Co., 1856.
Internet Archive: <link> CELT – Edition: <link> CELT – Translation: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Kenney, James F., The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Revised ed., Records of Civilization: Sources and Studies, 11, New York: Octagon, 1966.  
Chapters: I. History in Ireland; II. Ireland in the ancient world (to about A.D. 700); III. The Irish church in the ‘Celtic’ period; IV. The monastic churches, their founders and traditions: the primitive foundations; V. The monastic churches: churches of the sixth to ninth centuries; VI. The expansion of Irish Christianity (seventh to twelfth century); VII. Religious literature and ecclesiastical culture (seventh to twelfth century); VIII. The reform movement of the twelfth century.
comments: Reprints: Records of Civilization: Sources and Studies. New York: Columbia University Press, 1929; First, revised reprint in 1966, with addenda and corrections by Ludwig Bieler; Records of Civilization 11. Shannon: Irish University Press, 1968; Records of Civilization 11. Dublin: Ó Táilliúir, 1979; Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1993.
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