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Dinnshenchas of Ochan (Ochonn Midi)
verse beg. Déiccid ferta níthaig Néill

  • Middle Irish
  • verse, prose
  • Early Irish poetry, Cycles of the Kings, Dinnshenchas Érenn, Dinnshenchas
Texts on a burial mound near Tara, relating a version of the death of Niall Noígiallach.
Initial words (verse)
  • Déiccid ferta níthaig Néill
“Behold the martial trench of Níall”
Initial words (prose)
  • Ochund Midhe, canas rohainmniged?
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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The poem is ascribed to Cináed ua hArtacáin (d. 975).
Language
  • Middle Irish
Form
verse, prose (primary)
Textual relationships
See Orcuin Néill Noígíallaig and Aided Néill Noígíallaig for alternative versions of the death of Niall Noígiallach.

Classification

Early Irish poetry Cycles of the Kings Dinnshenchas Érenn
 Dinnshenchas

Subject tags

Níall NoígíallachNíall Noígíallach / Níall mac Echach Muigmedóin (supp. fl. 4th/5th century) – high-king of Ireland in early and medieval Irish tradition
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 Ochan

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. 2, Todd Lecture Series 9, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1906.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link> Internet Archive – vols. 1-3: <link>
36–41 [id. 5. ‘Ochan’] Poem. direct link direct link direct link
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley, “The prose tales in the Rennes dindshenchas”, Revue Celtique 15 (1894): 272–336, 418–484. 
An edition and translation of the prose texts in the Dinnshenchas Érenn as they occur in Rennes, Bibliothèque de Rennes Métropole, MS 598. Missing texts are supplied from the Book of Lecan version.
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>
295–297 [id. 6. ‘Ochonn Midi’] Prose from Rennes MS. direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Gwynn, E. J. [ed. and tr.], The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, vol. 2, Todd Lecture Series 9, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1906.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link> Internet Archive – vols. 1-3: <link>
99–100 [id. 5. ‘Ochan’] direct link
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen,Patrick Brown
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