Dinnshenchas of Slíab Comailt

  • Early Irish
  • prose
  • Medieval Irish literature, dinnshenchas

A version of the beginning of the text known as Immathchor nAilella ocus Airt.

Initial words (prose)
  • Comalt ind Uaithnib cid diata dia mbái Oilill Olomm ic cuingid dilsi clainde for Art mac Cuind
  • Early Irish
prose (primary)
Textual relationships


Medieval Irish literature


Slíab Comailt
Slíab Comailt ... Keeper Hill; Slievekimalta
County Tipperary, Id


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.] Corthals, Johan [ed.], “Affiliation of children: Immathchor nAilella ⁊ Airt”, Peritia 9 (1995): 92–124.  
This is an edition and translation of an Old-Irish legal text, dating probably from c.700, and describing a lawsuit on the assignment of twins, after their mother Sadb had been repudiated by their father Ailill Aulomm. A decision is reached on the basis of principles governing marriage and an ordeal is avoided. The legal proceedings are represented as being conducted in a highly artistic style, commonly called rosc or retoiric in Irish studies, and deriving from late antique and medieval rhetoric.
[dipl. ed.] Binchy, D. A. [ed.], Corpus iuris Hibernici, 7 vols, vol. 6, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978.  
comments: numbered pp. 1926–2343; diplomatic edition of legal material from:
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1336 (continued)
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1387
  • Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 502
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1308
  • London, British Library, MS Additional 4783
  • London, British Library, MS Nero A 7
  • Copenhagen, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, MS NKS 261b
  • Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 3
  • Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 11
  • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS C i 2
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1318/16
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS E 3. 3
2128.34–2129.5 Diplomatic edition
[ed.] Duncan, Lilian, “Sliab Comailt. Trinity College, H. 3. 17. col. 849”, Hermathena 17:38 (1912): 176.
Dennis Groenewegen
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