verse beg. Carais Páttraicc phuirt Macha

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
Middle Irish poem on the virtues of the saints of Ireland, attributed to Cuimíne of Condere (Connor, Co. Antrim).
Initial words (verse)
  • Carais Páttraicc phuirt Macha
Independent version
As quotations
  • verse relating to St Brénainn of Clonfert cited in the Irish Life of the saint
  • Language
    • Middle Irish
    Stokes places the poem in the 11th or 12th century.
    verse (primary)
    Textual relationships
    Parts of the poem are cited in the Martyrology of Donegal and the Irish Life of Brénainn of Clonfert.


    Early Irish poetry


    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, “Cuimmín’s poem on the saints of Ireland”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 1 (1897): 59–73.
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    [ed.] [tr.] Kelly, Matthew, Calendar of Irish saints, the martyrology of Tallagh, with notices of the patron saints of Ireland, and select poems and hymns, Dublin, 1857.
    Internet Archive: <link>
    Edition, together with translation and notes by Eugene O'Curry (superseded), based it would seem on the copy in TCD 1284
    Dennis Groenewegen
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