Bibliography

Damian
McManus
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53 publications between 1984 and 2021 indexed
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2021

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McManus, Damian, “Identification copula clauses linking substantives of different gender in Early and Classical Irish”, North American Journal of Celtic Studies 5:2 (Autumn, 2021): 214–241.  
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This paper investigates identification copula clauses linking substantives of different gender, e.gg., as in OIr. Críst didiu, is sí in chathir ‘Christ, then, is the city’ and CIr. An leabhar, is í an eagna ‘The book is wisdom’; the copula identification clause with pronominal subject, e.gg., MIr. Iss é mo lennán é ‘He is my beloved’ and CIr. Is é an seanadh hé ‘It is the old tradition’; and the Classical Irish type with substantives of different gender and subject pronoun, e.g., Mo theanga, is é m’arm-sa í ‘My tongue is my weapon’. It argues that the pronoun following the copula in such phrases is a mere shoe-horn to the following defined substantive, that the iss é mo lennán é type should not be classified under the rubric ‘repetition of the pronoun’, as is often done, and seeks to explain why the construction Mo theanga, is é m’armsa í, with different gender in the substantives, is more likely to be encountered in Classical verse than the type with just one gender.

abstract:

This paper investigates identification copula clauses linking substantives of different gender, e.gg., as in OIr. Críst didiu, is sí in chathir ‘Christ, then, is the city’ and CIr. An leabhar, is í an eagna ‘The book is wisdom’; the copula identification clause with pronominal subject, e.gg., MIr. Iss é mo lennán é ‘He is my beloved’ and CIr. Is é an seanadh hé ‘It is the old tradition’; and the Classical Irish type with substantives of different gender and subject pronoun, e.g., Mo theanga, is é m’arm-sa í ‘My tongue is my weapon’. It argues that the pronoun following the copula in such phrases is a mere shoe-horn to the following defined substantive, that the iss é mo lennán é type should not be classified under the rubric ‘repetition of the pronoun’, as is often done, and seeks to explain why the construction Mo theanga, is é m’armsa í, with different gender in the substantives, is more likely to be encountered in Classical verse than the type with just one gender.

2020

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McManus, Damian, “Binomial phrases, dvandva compounds and the house in which Cú Chulainn was born”, Ériu 70 (2020): 5–29.  
abstract:

This paper analyses binomial phrases in their various collocations in Early-Early Modern Irish and investigates the form and meaning of the most intimate collocations of antonyms, the dvandva compounds. The discussion is book-ended with a survey of the house in which Cú Chulainn was born, the house cen bratt cen biad, ‘with neither food nor shelter’.

abstract:

This paper analyses binomial phrases in their various collocations in Early-Early Modern Irish and investigates the form and meaning of the most intimate collocations of antonyms, the dvandva compounds. The discussion is book-ended with a survey of the house in which Cú Chulainn was born, the house cen bratt cen biad, ‘with neither food nor shelter’.

2019

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McManus, Damian, “Early Modern Irish miscellanea, B: Ó hEódhasa’s an bhean ‘all women’”, Ériu 69 (2019): 156–162.
journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 69 (2019), Royal Irish Academy.
article
McManus, Damian, “Early Modern Irish miscellanea, A: DIL nemdaid ‘a dweller in (possessor of) heaven?': a ghostword”, Ériu 69 (2019): 155–156.
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McManus, Damian, “Early Modern Irish miscellanea, C: the article an > a (1) after (i)s ‘and’, and (2) in the combination (i)san ‘in the’ in some early modern Irish manuscripts”, Ériu 69 (2019): 162–170.

2018

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McManus, Damian, “Celebrating the canine II: the hunt in medieval Ireland, with special reference to the evidence of Classical Irish poetry”, Ériu 68 (2018): 145–192.  
abstract:

This paper investigates the nature of the hunt in Medieval Ireland. It confirms from the evidence of Fianaigecht material backed up by contemporary Classical Irish poetry that the hunt was in the nature of a drive and ambush rather than a chase; that two types of hound were used in the hunt, the gadhair to drive the quarry from its covert and the coin to hem it in by securing the corridor to the ambush site, where the latter were slipped on the quarry; that this practice was common in Scotland as well as in continental Europe at the time; and that the deployment of the hunt was an important part of the training of a young nobleman in Ireland. Crossover material reflecting parallels between hound and hero celebration is also investigated.

abstract:

This paper investigates the nature of the hunt in Medieval Ireland. It confirms from the evidence of Fianaigecht material backed up by contemporary Classical Irish poetry that the hunt was in the nature of a drive and ambush rather than a chase; that two types of hound were used in the hunt, the gadhair to drive the quarry from its covert and the coin to hem it in by securing the corridor to the ambush site, where the latter were slipped on the quarry; that this practice was common in Scotland as well as in continental Europe at the time; and that the deployment of the hunt was an important part of the training of a young nobleman in Ireland. Crossover material reflecting parallels between hound and hero celebration is also investigated.

2017

journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 67 (2017), Royal Irish Academy.
article
McManus, Damian, “On the use of the urlann in deibhidhe and séadnadh metres in Classical Irish verse”, North American Journal of Celtic Studies 1:1 (May, 2017): 61–81.  
abstract:
This paper examines the very considerable flexibility available to the poet in the rigid framework of the Classical Modern Irish Dán Díreach metre, Deibhidhe, and focuses particular attention on the urlann. It introduces the concept of ‘the urlann space’ and ‘available syllable balance’ and argues that the urlann-friendliness of different metres is related to these criteria. Giolla Brighde ó hEódhasa's statement that there should be ‘one word only’ in the urlann space in Deibhidhe is examined and several exceptions in the form of double-urlann couplets from all periods of Bardic poetry are presented, though it is acknowledged that the phenomenon is rare. A survey of the double urlann in Séadnadh is also carried out and reveals similar results, though one poem is found to contain more examples of this phenomenon than all others examined put together. The paper reaches the conclusion that ó hEódhasa's statement should be interpreted as being descriptive of the majority of Deibhidhe final-couplets, but not as a rule.
abstract:
This paper examines the very considerable flexibility available to the poet in the rigid framework of the Classical Modern Irish Dán Díreach metre, Deibhidhe, and focuses particular attention on the urlann. It introduces the concept of ‘the urlann space’ and ‘available syllable balance’ and argues that the urlann-friendliness of different metres is related to these criteria. Giolla Brighde ó hEódhasa's statement that there should be ‘one word only’ in the urlann space in Deibhidhe is examined and several exceptions in the form of double-urlann couplets from all periods of Bardic poetry are presented, though it is acknowledged that the phenomenon is rare. A survey of the double urlann in Séadnadh is also carried out and reveals similar results, though one poem is found to contain more examples of this phenomenon than all others examined put together. The paper reaches the conclusion that ó hEódhasa's statement should be interpreted as being descriptive of the majority of Deibhidhe final-couplets, but not as a rule.
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McManus, Damian, “Fault-finding in the grammatical tracts”, in: Gordon Ó Riain (ed.), Dá dtrian feasa fiafraighidh: essays on the Irish grammatical and metrical tradition, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2017. 199–231.
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McManus, Damian, “Celebrating the canine: an edition of Slán dona saoithibh sealga ‘Farewell to the masters of the hunt’, an elegy for Diarmaid Mág Carthaigh’s († 1368) hound”, Ériu 67 (2017): 187–213.  
abstract:

This edition of the poem Slán dona saoithibh sealga ‘Farewell to the masters of the hunt’ begins by addressing the question of whether this is the elegy for a Mág Carthaigh hound referred to by Fearghal Óg Mac an Bhaird in his poem, Teasda eascara an fhiadhaigh ‘Dead is the wild game's foe’. The contents of the poem are then summarised and an edition complete with translation and critical apparatus is presented.

abstract:

This edition of the poem Slán dona saoithibh sealga ‘Farewell to the masters of the hunt’ begins by addressing the question of whether this is the elegy for a Mág Carthaigh hound referred to by Fearghal Óg Mac an Bhaird in his poem, Teasda eascara an fhiadhaigh ‘Dead is the wild game's foe’. The contents of the poem are then summarised and an edition complete with translation and critical apparatus is presented.

2016

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McManus, Damian, “Miscellanea on Classical Irish: 1. cadad at -s s- boundaries; 2. The conjunctionless comparative; 3. The appositional genitive”, Ériu 66 (2016): 111–134.
journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 66 (2016), Royal Irish Academy.

2015

edited work
Breatnach, Liam, Ruairí Ó hUiginn, Damian McManus, and Katharine Simms (eds), Proceedings of the XIV International Congress of Celtic Studies, held in Maynooth University, 1–5 August 2011, Dublin: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2015.
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McManus, Damian, “Varia III. Some corrigenda to A bardic miscellany”, Ériu 65 (2015): 177–178.
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McManus, Damian, “Varia II. IGT/BST citations: further identifications”, Ériu 65 (2015): 175.
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McManus, Damian, “Celebrating the female in Classical Irish poetry: the wife”, Ériu 65 (2015): 137–168.  
abstract:

This paper is one in a series investigating women in Classical Irish poetry. The subject on this occasion is the patron’s wife. The paper examines how a married woman is addressed and/or referred to in the poetry and surveys the qualities most frequently praised in the iargcomhairc or complimentary verses addressed to the patron’s wife. The interest shown by women in the poets’ work is assessed, as is the question of whether there is a separate discourse for the praise of women. The paper concludes with a brief survey of a small number of poems addressed to married couples.

abstract:

This paper is one in a series investigating women in Classical Irish poetry. The subject on this occasion is the patron’s wife. The paper examines how a married woman is addressed and/or referred to in the poetry and surveys the qualities most frequently praised in the iargcomhairc or complimentary verses addressed to the patron’s wife. The interest shown by women in the poets’ work is assessed, as is the question of whether there is a separate discourse for the praise of women. The paper concludes with a brief survey of a small number of poems addressed to married couples.

journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 65 (2015), Royal Irish Academy.

2014

article
McManus, Damian, “Varia II. Classical Irish miscellanea”, Ériu 64 (2014): 213–227.
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McManus, Damian, “In defence of manslaughter: two poems by Muireadhach Leasa an Doill/Albanach Ó Dálaigh for Domhnall Mór (mac Éigneacháin) Ó Domhnaill († 1241)”, Ériu 64 (2014): 145–203.
journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 64 (2014), Royal Irish Academy.

2013

article
McManus, Damian, “Surnames and scions: adjectival qualification of Christian names and cognomina in classical Irish poetry”, Ériu 63 (2013): 117–143.  
abstract:
Given the importance attached in Bardic poetry to the nobility and genealogy of the patrons addressed, it is perhaps not surprising that surnames and words denoting 'descendant', whether remote or recent, figure largely in the genre. This paper will explore some unique or unusual features of the meaning and morphology of the words mac 'son' and ó 'grandson', and will move on to an examination of adjectival qualification of these words and the personal names with which they combine to form surnames, sept-names and loose designations of remote ancestry. A survey of the combination of preposition + surname (the ris Ó nDomhnaill construction) is also included.
abstract:
Given the importance attached in Bardic poetry to the nobility and genealogy of the patrons addressed, it is perhaps not surprising that surnames and words denoting 'descendant', whether remote or recent, figure largely in the genre. This paper will explore some unique or unusual features of the meaning and morphology of the words mac 'son' and ó 'grandson', and will move on to an examination of adjectival qualification of these words and the personal names with which they combine to form surnames, sept-names and loose designations of remote ancestry. A survey of the combination of preposition + surname (the ris Ó nDomhnaill construction) is also included.
journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 63 (2013), Royal Irish Academy.
article
McManus, Damian, “Varia II: On the 2nd sg. subjunctive of do-ní in Classical Irish”, Ériu 63 (2013): 155–158.

2012

journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 62 (2012), Royal Irish Academy.
article
McManus, Damian, “Varia II: The ainm coimhleanamhna”, Ériu 62 (2012): 189–195.

2011

journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 61 (2011), Royal Irish Academy.
article
McManus, Damian, “Varia II: IGT/BST citations; some more identifications”, Ériu 61 (2011): 169–170.

2010

journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 60 (2010), Royal Irish Academy.
work
McManus, Damian, and Eoghan Ó Raghallaigh [eds], A bardic miscellany: five hundred bardic poems from manuscripts in Irish and British libraries, Dublin: Trinity College Dublin, 2010.

2009

article
McManus, Damian, “Good-looking and irresistible: the hero from early Irish saga to classical poetry”, Ériu 59 (2009): 57–109.
journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 59 (2009), Royal Irish Academy.

2008

journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, Rolf Baumgarten, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 58 (2008), Royal Irish Academy.
article
McManus, Damian, “Varia II: IGT citations; more identifications”, Ériu 58 (2008): 181.
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McManus, Damian, “Niall Frosach’s ‘act of truth’: a bardic apologue in a poem for Sir Nicholas Walsh, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (†1615)”, Ériu 58 (2008): 133–168.

2007

journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, Rolf Baumgarten, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 57 (2007), Royal Irish Academy.

2006

journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, Rolf Baumgarten, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 56 (2006), Royal Irish Academy.
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McManus, Damian, “‘The smallest man in Ireland can reach the tops of her trees’: images of the king's peace and bounty in bardic poetry”, in: Joseph Falaky Nagy (ed.), Memory and the modern in Celtic literatures, 5, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006. 61–117.

2005

journal volume
Breatnach, Liam, Rolf Baumgarten, and Damian McManus (eds), Ériu 55 (2005), Dublin: Royal Irish Academy.
article
McManus, Damian, “Varia II. IGT citations; Further identifications”, Ériu 55 (2005): 145.
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McManus, Damian, “Varia III. Miscellanea on bardic poetry: metre, language and style”, Ériu 55 (2005): 147–166.

2004

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McManus, Damian, “Varia I. IGT citations and duplicate entries: further identifications.”, Ériu 54 (2004): 249–251.

2002

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McManus, Damian, “The language of the Beatha”, in: Pádraig Ó Riain (ed.), Beatha Aodha Ruaidh: The life of Red Hugh O’Donnell: historical and literary contexts, 12, London: Irish Texts Society, 2002. 54–73.

1997

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McManus, Damian, “The Irish grammatical and syntactical tracts: a concordance of duplicated and identified citations”, Ériu 48 (1997): 83–101.

1996

article
McManus, Damian, “Classical modern Irish”, in: Kim R. McCone, and Katharine Simms (eds), Progress in medieval Irish studies, Maynooth: Department of Old Irish, St. Patrick's College, 1996. 165–187.

1995

article
McManus, Damian, “Úaim do rinn: linking alliteration or a lost dúnad?”, Ériu 46 (1995): 59–63.

1992

article
McManus, Damian, “The preterite passive plural in BST”, Éigse 26 (1992): 13–19.

1991

work
McManus, Damian, A guide to Ogam, Maynooth Monographs, 4, Maynooth: An Sagart, 1991.

1989

article
McManus, Damian, “Runic and Ogam letter names: a parallelism”, in: Donnchadh Ó Corráin, Liam Breatnach, and Kim R. McCone (eds), Sages, saints and storytellers: Celtic studies in honour of Professor James Carney, 2, Maynooth: An Sagart, 1989. 144–148.

1988

article
McManus, Damian, “Irish letter-names and their kennings”, Ériu 39 (1988): 127–168.