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Dinnshenchas of Mag nÚra

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Dinnshenchas Érenn, Ulster Cycle, Irish hagiography, Dinnshenchas
Prose text on the dinnshenchas of Mag nÚra. It offers a version of an anecdote in Bruiden Da Choca, distinguishing between three successive names for the plain. The two earlier names, Mag nDerg and Mag nÚatha, are associated with events from the Ulster Cycle, while the main narrative focuses on St Colum Cille, who is said to have composed a hymn in memory of Ciarán (patron of Clonmacnoise) in return for trí mámanna do úraibh Cíaráin '‘three handfuls of Ciarán’s earth’. Colum Cille went to Mag nÚatha, where he scattered the earth and expelled many demons there, hence it was called Mag nÚra after this.
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Language
  • Middle Irish
Form
prose (primary)

Classification

Dinnshenchas Érenn Ulster Cycle Irish hagiography
 Dinnshenchas

Subject tags

Colum CilleColum Cille / Columba (fl. 6th century) – founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).
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Ciarán of ClonmacnoiseCiarán of Clonmacnoise (c. 515–c. 549) – Irish saint, patron of Clúain Moccu Nóis (Clonmacnoise). Feast-day: 9 September.
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 Mag nÚra

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>
276–277 [id. 84. ‘Mag n-Úra’] Prose. direct link direct link 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>
448–449 [id. 84. ‘Mag n-Ura’] direct link
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