Betha Shenáin meic Geirrcinn‘The life of Senán mac Geirrcinn’

    • Early Modern Irish
    • prose
    • Irish hagiography, Irish hagiography
    Vernacular Irish Life of St Senán of Inis Cathaig (Scattery Island).


    Irish hagiography
     Irish hagiography

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    Senán of Inis CathaigSenán of Inis Cathaig / Senán of Scattery Island – Senán mac Geirrcinn, patron saint of Inis Cathaig (Scattery Island, Co. Clare)
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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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    54–74 (lines 1775–2502), 201–221 B. of Lismore, occasionally with variants from the Paris MS. direct link direct link

    Secondary sources (select)

    Ó Riain, Pádraig, A dictionary of Irish saints, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011.
    554–560 [‘Seanán of Scattery Island’]
    Kenney, James F., “Chapter IV: The monastic churches, their founders and traditions: I. The primitive foundations”, in: Kenney, James F., The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Records of Civilization: Sources and Studies 11, Revised ed. (1929), New York: Octagon, 1966. 288–371.
    364–365 [id. 157.]
    Plummer, Charles, “A tentative catalogue of Irish hagiography”, in: Plummer, Charles [ed.], Miscellanea hagiographica Hibernica: vitae adhuc ineditae sanctorum Mac Creiche, Naile, Cranat, Subsidia Hagiographica 15, Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1925. 171–285.
    197 [id. 64.]
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