Cath Maige Rath (second recension)‘The battle of Mag Rath’

  • Late Middle Irish, Early Modern Irish
  • Cycles of the Kings
Second and longer recension of the tale of the battle of Mag Rath.
  • Late Middle Irish Early Modern Irish
  • Myles Dillon (Éigse 7: 201) suggests that the longer recension is “in late Middle Irish, perhaps of the late thirteenth or even of the fourteenth century” and that “the verse is probably earlier than the prose”.
Textual relationships


Cycles of the Kings


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.] O'Donovan, John [ed. and tr.], The banquet of Dun na n-Gedh and the battle of Magh Rath, Dublin: Irish Archaeological Society, 1842.
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Secondary sources (select)

Dillon, Myles, “A note on the texts of Cath Maige Rath preserved in the Yellow Book of Lecan”, Éigse 7:3 (1955): 199–201.
Ó Riain, Gordon, “Varia I: 1. Two quatrains in Cath Maighe Rath; 2. An unrecorded scribal note in RIA 23 Q 16; 3. IGT II 1258”, Ériu 63 (2013): 145–151, 151–153, 152.