Comgán Mac Dá Cherda

  • fl. first half of the 7th century
  • Irish poets
Poet and fool (óinmit) in Irish literature; a son of Máel Ochtraig (king of the Déisi Muman) and a contemporary of Cummíne Fota. The name Mac Dá Cherda would mean ‘Son of Two Arts’, but seeing as it may go back to an original Moccu Cherda (as suggested by Jackson and Ó Coileáin) it is perhaps best spelled conservatively, without lengthening in Da.
See also: Cummíne FotaCummíne Fota
(fl. 7th century)
early Irish saint, patron of Clonfert (Clúain Fertae)
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See also references for related subjects.
Clancy, Thomas Owen, “Comgán mac Da Cherda”, in: Koch, John T. [ed.], Celtic culture: a historical encyclopedia, 5 vols, Santa Barbara, Denver and Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2006. Vol. 2: 469.
Clancy, Thomas Owen, “Saint and fool: the image and function of Cummíne Fota and Comgán Mac Da Cherda in early Irish literature”, PhD thesis: University of Edinburgh, 1991.
Edinburgh Research Archive: <link>
Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone [ed.], Aislinge Meic Con Glinne, Dublin: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1990.
CELT – edition: <link>
Ó Coileáin, Seán, “The structure of a literary cycle”, Ériu 25 (1974): 88–125.
O'Curry, Eugene, and W. K. Sullivan [ed.], On the manners and customs of the ancient Irish: a series of lectures, 3 vols, vol. 2: Lectures, vol. 1, London, 1873.
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