Nuallghubha Oilella Óluim ‘The lamentation of Oilill Ólom’

  • Modern Irish
  • prose
  • Cycles of the Kings

An early Modern Irish prose text that embeds some older rhetorical verse.

  • Modern Irish
  • "The language of the narrative is early Modern Irish, but the rhetorical passages in the dialogues are old and very corrupt" (Dillon)
prose (primary)
verse (secondary)


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
id. 80


Battle of Mag MucramaBattle of Mag Mucrama

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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Art mac CuinnArt mac Cuinn
(time-frame ass. with Irish legendary history)
legendary Irish king, father of Cormac mac Airt
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Dub Mac ConDub Mac Con
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Mog CorbMog Corb
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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.] [tr.] Dillon, Myles, “The lamentation of Oilill Ólom”, Scottish Gaelic Studies 6:1 (1947, 1949): 1–10.
Edition and translation based on the Edinburgh MS.
[ed.] [tr.] MacNeill, Eoin [ed. and tr.], “Three poems in Middle-Irish, relating to the Battle of Mucrama, with English translation and notes, and a short vocabulary”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 3rd series, 3 (1893–1896): 529–563.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
556 Cites a portion from RIA MS 23 E 3. direct link
Translation wanted
In their corrupt state, the rhetorical passages are difficult to translate.
Dennis Groenewegen
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November 2012, last updated: June 2023