Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 P 16

  • s. xvin
  • Irish manuscripts
23 P 16
Hodges & Smith 224
Cat. no. 1230
Leabhar Breac
(‘Speckled Book’)
previously also, Leabhar Mór Dúna Doighre (‘The Great Book of Dun Doighre’)
Provenance and related aspects
s. xvin
early 15th century
Origin, provenance
Origin: Ireland
Múscraige TíreMúscraige Tíre

No description available

Later provenance: Dún Daighre
Dún Daighre ... Duniry
County Galway
Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Main hand Murchadh Ó CuindlisÓ Cuindlis (Murchadh) (fl. c.1400?) – Murchadh (Riabhach) Ó Cuindlis, Irish scribe; pupil of Giolla Íosa Mac Fhir Bhisigh
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The list below has been collated from the table of contents, if available on this page,Progress in this area is being made piecemeal. Full and partial tables of contents are available for a small number of manuscripts. and incoming annotations for individual texts (again, if available).Whenever catalogue entries about texts are annotated with information about particular manuscript witnesses, these manuscripts can be queried for the texts that are linked to them.


Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

[dig. img.] “Royal Irish Academy”, Ó Macháin, Pádraig (director), Irish Script on Screen (ISOS) – Meamrám Páipéar Ríomhaire, Online: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. URL: <>.
Ó Longáin, Joseph, J. J. Gilbert [eds], Eugene O'Curry, and Brian O'Looney [co-authors], Leabhar Breac, the Speckled Book, otherwise styled Leabhar Mór Dúna Doighre, the Great Book of Dun Doighre, 2 vols, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1872–1876. Lithographic facsimile edition of a transcript made by Joseph Ó Longáin.
HathiTrust: <link> Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Atkinson, Robert [ed. and tr.], The passions and the homilies from Leabhar Breac: text, translation and glossary, Todd Lecture Series 2, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1887.
CELT – edition: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Mulchrone, Kathleen, Thomas F. O'Rahilly, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, and A. I. Pearson (eds.), Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, 8 vols, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1926–1970.
Vol. 2, fasc. 27: 3379–3404
Dennis Groenewegen
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