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

  • Middle Irish
  • verse, prose
  • Early Irish poetry, Dinnshenchas Érenn, Ulster Cycle, Dinnshenchas
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
“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 úa hArtacáinCináed ua hArtacáin (d. 975) – Middle Irish poet
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Language
  • Middle Irish
Form
verse, prose (primary)
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 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.

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 (select)

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
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