Dinnshenchas of Achall

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Dinnshenchas of Achall

Dinnshenchas of Achall and other places
verse beg. Achall ar aicce Temair

Dinnshenchas poem mostly on Achall, i.e. the Hill of Skreen, Co. Meath, with prose on Duma nEirc and Duma nAichle. Both the poem and the prose text offer the story according to which Achall died of grief for her brother Erc, who was killed in vengeance for Cú Chulainn’s death, and was buried in the mound that would bear her name.

Initial words

Verse: Achall ar aicce Temair
» In translation: “Skryne opposite Tara”.
Context(s)
The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.

Ascribed to

Cináed ua hArtacáin

Manuscripts

Dinnshenchas Érenn A
Dinnshenchas Érenn C

Language

Middle Irish

Form

primary form(s) — verse, prose » For the poem, three different arrangements are attested in the manuscripts:

  1. The sequence of stanzas in the Book of Leinster copy, which is that adopted by Gwynn for his edition.
  2. An alternative sequence suggested by letters that the Book of Leinster scribe added to the stanzas.
  3. The sequence of stanzas in copies of Recension C.

A number of quatrains that refer to the time of the poet, e.g. 14 (which names Cináed ua hArtacáin), 18 (Conaire) and 21 (Amlaíb), are unique to the Book of Leinster copy. The quatrain concerning Colum Cille's foundation of a church is an addition found in several copies of Recension C.

Textual relationships

Deals with some of the consequences of Conall Cernach's vengeance for Cú Chulainn in Brislech Mór Maige Muirthemne.

Classification

Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Ulster Cycle
 Dinnshenchas

Keywords

revenge

  • Sources

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 the entry for the relevant manuscript.

Gwynn, E. J. [ed. and tr.], The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, vol. 1, Todd Lecture Series 8, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1903.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – vols. 1-3: <link>
46–53 [id. 6. ‘Achall’] direct link direct link direct link
Stokes, Whitley, “The prose tales in the Rennes dindshenchas”, Revue Celtique 15 (1894): 272–336, 418–484.
TLH – edition (I, pp. 277-336): <link> TLH – translation (I): <link> TLH – edition (II, pp. 418-484): <link> TLH – translation (II): <link> Celtic Digital Initiative: <link> Internet Archive – 272–336: <link> Internet Archive – 272–336: <link> Internet Archive – 418–484: <link> Internet Archive – 418–484: <link>
289–290 [id. 2. ‘Dumae n-Eirc’] direct link

Secondary sources

Gwynn, E. J. [ed. and tr.], The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, vol. 1, Todd Lecture Series 8, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1903.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – vols. 1-3: <link>
80–82 [id. 6. ‘Achall’] direct link

Queried results

if available
Gwynn, E. J. [ed. and tr.], The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, vol. 1, Todd Lecture Series 8, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1903.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – vols. 1-3: <link>
Stokes, Whitley, “The prose tales in the Rennes dindshenchas”, Revue Celtique 15 (1894): 272–336, 418–484.
TLH – edition (I, pp. 277-336): <link> TLH – translation (I): <link> TLH – edition (II, pp. 418-484): <link> TLH – translation (II): <link> Celtic Digital Initiative: <link> Internet Archive – 272–336: <link> Internet Archive – 272–336: <link> Internet Archive – 418–484: <link> Internet Archive – 418–484: <link>

web page identifiers

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