Bruiden Meic Da Réo‘Mac Da Réo’s hostel’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Cycles of the Kings
A Middle Irish saga which recounts how in Ireland, the vassal peoples (aithech-thúatha) rebelled and decimated the leading noble families and how the survivors regained power through the mediation of the judge Morann.

See Ralph O'Connor, ‘Searching for the moral in Bruiden Meic Da Réo’, Ériu 56 (2006): 119–121 and Johan Corthals, Manuscript sources to Old and Middle Irish tales (MsOmit) (2010).

  • Middle Irish
possibly 11th or 12th century (O'Connor)
prose (primary)
verse (secondary)
Textual relationships
The two Middle Irish recensions include a version of Sáerchlanna Érenn uile, a Middle Irish syllabic poem in 12 stanzas. A text which may be closely related to or nearly identical to the present text is that referred by the title Orgain Cairpri Chind Chait for sáerchlannaib Érenn ("Cairpre Cenn Cait's massacre of the nobles of Ireland") in the two Middle Irish tale-lists.(1)n. 1 Ralph O'Connor, ‘Searching for the moral in Bruiden Meic Da Réo’, Ériu 56 (2006): 119–121.
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Cycles of the Kings


Fíachu FindfholaidFíachu Findfholaid – father of Túathal Techtmar
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Túathal TechtmarTúathal TechtmarNo short description available
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MorannMorann – mythical judge (brithem) who is said to have given instructions of wisdom to the young king of Tara, Feradach Find Fechtnach son of Crimthann Nia Náir, after the revolt of the aithech-thúatha; besides Audacht Morainn, a number of further texts relating to wisdom and law are attributed to him.
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Ralph O'Connor, ‘Searching for the moral in Bruiden Meic Da Réo’, Ériu 56 (2006): 119–121.

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.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed.], “Morands Fürstenspiegel”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 11 (1917): 56–106.
Internet Archive: <link>
56–73 poem; prose (with variants from the second recension) direct link
[ed.] [tr.] Ó Raithbheartaigh, Toirdhealbhach [ed.], Genealogical tracts. Vol. 1, Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1932.
CELT – pp. 107–116 (RIA MS 23 P 12): <link>
122–131 Text of the Book of Fermoy version, with English translation.
[tr.] MacNeill, Eoin [tr.], “The revolt of the vassals”, The New Ireland Review 26 (1906): 96–106.
Based on the Book of Fermoy text.

Secondary sources (select)

O'Connor, Ralph, “Searching for the moral in Bruiden Meic Da Réo”, Ériu 56 (2006): 117–143.
Dennis Groenewegen
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