Betha Chiaráin Clúana meic Nois‘The Life of Ciarán of Clonmacnoise’

  • Irish
  • prose
  • Irish hagiography
Late vernacular Life of St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise
  • Chatsworth (Derbyshire), Book of Lismore [s. xv]
    ff. 77(35)rb1–81vb9heading: Betha Ciarain Cluana Maic Nois
  • Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, MS 4190-4200 (3409) [s. xvii1]
    ff. 154r–170v
    This copy is said to be derive from the ‘Book of Aodh Óg Úa Dálacháin of Les Cluaine in Meath’: I c-Coill an Iubhair h-i c-conueint brathar Atha Luain do scriobhus betha Ciarain an ceid-fhecht as leabhar Aodha Óig Úi Dálacháin ó Lios Cluaine h-i Midhe; & do aithscriobhus anosá ag Drobaois. 18 Feb. 1629
  • Irish
prose (primary)


Irish hagiography


Ciarán of ClonmacnoiseCiarán of Clonmacnoise (c. 515–c. 549) – Irish saint, patron of Clúain Moccu Nóis (Clonmacnoise). Feast-day: 9 September.
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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.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], Lives of saints from the Book of Lismore, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Mediaeval and Modern Series 5, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1890.
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117–134 (text); 262–280 (translation); 355–359 (notes) Based on the Book of Lismore text, with variants from the Brussels MS.
[ed.] Plummer, Charles, Bethada náem nÉrenn: Lives of Irish saints, 2 vols, vol. 1: Introduction, texts, glossary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1922.
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124 n. 6 Ó Cléirigh’s colophon in the Brussels MS, here erroneously associated with the (second) Life of Ciarán of Saigir.
[tr.] Macalister, R. A. S. [tr.], The Latin & Irish lives of Ciaran, Translations of Christian Literature 5, London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1921.
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66–97 direct link
Dennis Groenewegen
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