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Dinnshenchas of Druim Criaich
verse beg. Druim Criaich, céte cét cuan

  • Middle Irish
  • verse, prose
  • Early Irish poetry, Dinnshenchas Érenn, Ulster Cycle, Dinnshenchas
Poem and prose text on the dinnshenchas of Druim Criaich (Drumcree, Co. Westmeath), which is here said to have been known as Druim Cró and Druim n-úar nAirthir. In the Book of Leinster, the poem is attributed to Cuán ua Lothcháin (d. 1024). The story is that of the quarrel between Eochu Feidlech, high-king of Ireland, and his three sons known as the three Findemna. On the night before the battle of Druim Criaich, in which the brothers are killed, their sister Clothru sleeps with each one of them in order to produce royal offspring. She later gives birth to Lugaid Riab nDerg, high-king of Ireland.
Initial words (verse)
  • Druim Criaich, céte cét cuan
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
Cúán úa LothcháinCuán ua Lothcháin / Cúán úa Lothcháin (d. 1024) – early Irish poet
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The poem is ascribed to Cuán ua Lothcháin in the Book of Leinster.
Language
  • Middle Irish
Form
verse, prose (primary)
Number of stanzas
54

Classification

Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Ulster Cycle
 Dinnshenchas

Subject tags

 Druim Criaich

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.

[ed.] [tr.] Gwynn, E. J. [ed. and tr.], The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, vol. 4, Todd Lecture Series 11, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1924.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 4: <link>
42–59 [id. 13. ‘Druim Criaich’] Poem. direct link direct link direct link
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The prose tales in the Rennes dindshenchas”, Revue Celtique 16 (1895): 31–83, 135–167, 269–312, 468.
TLH – edition (III, 31-83): <link> TLH – translation (III): <link> TLH – edition (IV, pp. 135-167): <link> TLH – translation (IV): <link> Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
148–150 [id. 140. ‘Druim Criaich’] Prose. direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Gwynn, E. J. [ed. and tr.], The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, vol. 4, Todd Lecture Series 11, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1924.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 4: <link>
384–388 [id. 13. ‘Druim Criaich’] Notes. direct link
Contributors
Patrick Brown,Dennis Groenewegen
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