Foras feasa ar Éirinn

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Foras feasa ar Éirinn

    Foras feasa ar Éirinn‘The foundation/compendium of the historical knowledge of Ireland’

    Keating (Geoffrey)
    • Early Modern Irish
    • Irish texts, Cycles of the Kings, Finn Cycle, Irish legendary history, Mythological Cycle, Ulster Cycle, History, Compilation, Compendium
    The prose history of Ireland completed by Geoffrey Keating (Seathrún Céitinn) in c. 1634. Comprising an introduction, two books and appendices, it narrates the history of the island from the time of Creation to the Norman conquest in the 12th century. As set out by the vindicatory introduction (an díonbhrollach), the work was written in response to the cultural biases of Anglo-centric writers (e.g. William Camden and Edmund Spenser).
    Author
    Geoffrey KeatingKeating (Geoffrey), Céitinn (Seathrún) – Irish priest, historian and poet; author of Foras feasa ar Éirinn
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    Manuscripts

    A fair number of copies exist, some of which are listed below. Where available, the sigla are those assigned to them by Dinneen in his introduction to the second volume of the edition.

    from the 17th century
    (mostly) 18th century
    • Manuscripts by Aindrias Mac Cruitín (Andrew Mac Cruitin)
      • C1 =
        Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 O 10
      • C2 =
        Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 E 10
      • Mount Melleray Abbey, MS 1
    • Dublin, King's Inns, MS 1
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 3 A 11
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 C 1
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 C 34
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 E 22
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 E 23
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 G 1
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 G 3
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 G 7
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 G 16
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 H 14
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 H 16
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 I 42
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 Q 15
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 24 M 12
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 24 N 4
    • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1406
       
      Second item. Incomplete: first part only.
    • Mount Melleray Abbey, MS 3
    • Cork, University College, MS 124
      p. 25ff
       
      Fragment
    19th century
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 E 19
    • <No siglum> = Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 Q 17
       
      Transcript by Malachy O'Curry of a copy made by Sean Clarach Mac Donnell in 1720.
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 G 11
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 Q 20
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 12 E 13
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 12 E 14
    • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 24 C 58
    • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1421
      p. 130
       
      Memoranda from this work and others
    • Maynooth, Russell Library, MS R 68
    Language
    Early Modern Irish
    Date
    17th century, finished by 1634

    Classification

    Irish texts Cycles of the Kings Finn Cycle Irish legendary history Mythological Cycle Ulster Cycle
     History  Compilation  Compendium
    • 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 the entry for the relevant manuscript.

    [ed.] [tr.] Comyn, David, and Patrick S. Dinneen (ed. and tr.), Foras feasa ar Éirinn: The history of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating D. D., 4 vols, Irish Texts Society 4, 8, 9, 15, London: Irish Texts Society, 1902–1914.
    CELT – edition (Book I-II): <link> CELT – translation (Book I-II): <link> Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 3: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 3: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 3: <link>
    Comyn, David [ed.], Foras feasa ar Éirinn: The history of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating D. D. Volume I, containing the introduction and first book of the history, 4 vols, vol. 1, Irish Texts Society 4, London: Irish Texts Society, 1902.
    CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
    Dinneen, Patrick S. [ed.], Foras feasa ar Éirinn: The history of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating D. D. Volume II, containing the first book of the history from sect. XV to the end, 4 vols, vol. 2, Irish Texts Society 8, London: Irish Texts Society, 1908.
    CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
    Dinneen, Patrick S. [ed.], Foras feasa ar Éirinn: The history of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating D. D. Volume III, containing the second book of the history, 4 vols, vol. 3, Irish Texts Society 9, London: Irish Texts Society, 1908.
    CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
    Dinneen, Patrick S. [ed.], Foras feasa ar Éirinn: The history of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating D. D. Volume IV, containing the genealogies, synchronisms with an index [which includes the elucidation of place names and annotations to the text of Vols. I, II and III], 4 vols, vol. 4, Irish Texts Society 15, London: Irish Texts Society, 1914.
    [ed.] Bergin, Osborn [ed.], Sgéalaigheacht Chéitinn. Stories from Keating’s History of Ireland, 3rd ed. (1910), Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1930.
    Internet Archive: <link>
    Edition of selections, based on the copy in Dublin, King's Inns Library, with variants from TCD 1397 and TCD 1403
    [ed.] Joyce, P. W., Forus feasa air Éirinn: Keating's History of Ireland. Book I, Part I, Gaelic Union Publications, Dublin: Gill, 1880.
    Internet Archive: <link>
    Edition of the first part of Book 1, based on TCD 1397
    [tr.] O'Mahony, John, Foras feasa ar Éirinn, do réir an Athar Seathrun Céiting, ollamh ré diadhachta: The history of Ireland, from the earliest period to the English Invasion, by the Reverend Geoffrey Keating, D.D., New York, 1857.
    Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>
    English translation

    Secondary sources

    Cunningham, Bernadette, The world of Geoffrey Keating: history, myth and religion in seventeenth-century Ireland, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000.
    Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Geoffrey Keating’s Foras feasa ar Éirinn: reassessments, Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series 19, London: Irish Texts Society, 2008.
    Cronin, Anne, “The sources of Keating’s Forus feasa ar Éirinn [1. The printed sources]”, Éigse 4:4 — 1943/1944 (1945): 235–279.
    Cronin, Anne, “The sources of Keating’s Forus feasa ar Éirinn [2. Manuscript sources]”, Éigse 5:2 — 1945/1947 (1948): 122–135.
    Ní Bhrolcháin, Muireann, “A possible source for Keating’s Forus feasa ar Éirinn”, Éigse 19:1 (1982): 61–81.
    Dinneen, Patrick S. [ed.], Foras feasa ar Éirinn: The history of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating D. D. Volume II, containing the first book of the history from sect. XV to the end, 4 vols, vol. 2, Irish Texts Society 8, London: Irish Texts Society, 1908.
    CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
    xiii–xxxv On manuscript sources.

    Queried results

    if available
    Färber, Beatrix, “Bedeutung und Rezeptionsgeschichte des Foras feasa ar Éirinn (c. 1634) von Geoffrey Keating (Seathrún Céitinn)”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 59 (2012): 97–117.
    Morley, Vincent, “The popular influence of Foras feasa ar Éirinn from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century”, in: Kelly, James, and Ciarán Mac Murchaidh (eds), Irish and English: essays on the Irish linguistic and cultural frontier, 1600–1900, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2012. 96–115.
    Caball, Marc, “Lost in translation: reading Keating’s Foras feasa ar Éireann, 1635-1847”, in: Caball, Marc, and Andrew Carpenter (eds.), Oral and printed cultures in Ireland, 1600–1900, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010. 47–68.
    Cunningham, Bernadette, “Seventeenth-century readers of Foras feasa ar Éirinn: Ó Cléirigh, Colgan and Kearney”, in: Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Geoffrey Keating’s Foras feasa ar Éirinn: reassessments, Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series 19, London: Irish Texts Society, 2008. 39–51.
    Ní Úrdail, Meidhbhín, “The literary legacy of Keating’s Foras feasa ar Éirinn”, in: Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Geoffrey Keating’s Foras feasa ar Éirinn: reassessments, Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series 19, London: Irish Texts Society, 2008. 52–67.
    Ó Dúshláine, Tadhg, “Medium and message: the rhetoric of Foras feasa ar Éirinn”, in: Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Geoffrey Keating’s Foras feasa ar Éirinn: reassessments, Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series 19, London: Irish Texts Society, 2008. 68–89.
    Ó Murchadha, Diarmuid, “Keating: traditionalist or innovator”, in: Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Geoffrey Keating’s Foras feasa ar Éirinn: reassessments, Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series 19, London: Irish Texts Society, 2008. 90–102.
    Bradshaw, Brendan, “Reading Seathrún Céitinn’s Foras feasa ar Éirinn”, in: Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Geoffrey Keating’s Foras feasa ar Éirinn: reassessments, Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series 19, London: Irish Texts Society, 2008. 1–18.
    Caball, Marc, “Patriotism, culture and identity: the poetry of Geoffrey Keating”, in: Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Geoffrey Keating’s Foras feasa ar Éirinn: reassessments, Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series 19, London: Irish Texts Society, 2008. 19–38.
    Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Geoffrey Keating’s Foras feasa ar Éirinn: reassessments, Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series 19, London: Irish Texts Society, 2008.
    Cunningham, Bernadette, “Foras feasa ar Éirinn and the historical origins of Irish Catholic identity”, New Hibernia Review 5:4 (Geimhreadh/Winter, 2001): 144–147.
    Cunningham, Bernadette, and Raymond Gillespie, “Patrick Logan and Foras feasa ar Éirinn, 1696”, Éigse 32 (2000): 146–152.
    Cunningham, Bernadette, The world of Geoffrey Keating: history, myth and religion in seventeenth-century Ireland, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000.
    Cunningham, Bernadette, “Representations of king, parliament and the Irish people in Geoffrey Keating’s Foras feasa ar Éirinn and John Lynch’s Cambrensis eversus (1662)”, in: Ohlmeyer, Jane H. [ed.], Political thought in seventeenth-century Ireland: kingdom or colony, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 131–154.
    Ní Bhrolcháin, Muireann, “A possible source for Keating’s Forus feasa ar Éirinn”, Éigse 19:1 (1982): 61–81.
    Cronin, Anne, “The sources of Keating’s Forus feasa ar Éirinn [2. Manuscript sources]”, Éigse 5:2 — 1945/1947 (1948): 122–135.
    Cronin, Anne, “The sources of Keating’s Forus feasa ar Éirinn [1. The printed sources]”, Éigse 4:4 — 1943/1944 (1945): 235–279.
    Bergin, Osborn [ed.], Sgéalaigheacht Chéitinn. Stories from Keating’s History of Ireland, 3rd ed. (1910), Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1930.
    Internet Archive: <link>
    MacErlean, John C., “The synod of Ráith Breasail, boundaries of the dioceses of Ireland: AD 1110 or 1118”, Archivium Hibernicum 3 (1914): 1–33.
    Internet Archive: <link>
    Comyn, David, and Patrick S. Dinneen (ed. and tr.), Foras feasa ar Éirinn: The history of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating D. D., 4 vols, Irish Texts Society 4, 8, 9, 15, London: Irish Texts Society, 1902–1914.
    CELT – edition (Book I-II): <link> CELT – translation (Book I-II): <link> Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 3: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 3: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 3: <link>
    Dinneen, Patrick S. [ed.], Foras feasa ar Éirinn: The history of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating D. D. Volume IV, containing the genealogies, synchronisms with an index [which includes the elucidation of place names and annotations to the text of Vols. I, II and III], 4 vols, vol. 4, Irish Texts Society 15, London: Irish Texts Society, 1914.
    Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed. and tr.], “Die Sage von CuRoi”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 9 (1913): 189–234.
    CELT – edition of Aided Chon Roí I: <link> CELT – German translation of Aided Chon Roí I: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
    222   [VI] “Keating”
    Walsh, Paul, “A fragment used by Keating: History (Bk. I.., Sec. III.)”, Archivium Hibernicum 1 (1912): 1–9, 368b (appendix).
    Bergin, Osborn [ed.], Sgéalaigheacht Chéitinn. Stories from Keating’s History of Ireland, 1st ed., Dublin: School of Irish Learning, 1910.
    Internet Archive: <link>
    Dinneen, Patrick S. [ed.], Foras feasa ar Éirinn: The history of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating D. D. Volume II, containing the first book of the history from sect. XV to the end, 4 vols, vol. 2, Irish Texts Society 8, London: Irish Texts Society, 1908.
    CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
    Dinneen, Patrick S. [ed.], Foras feasa ar Éirinn: The history of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating D. D. Volume III, containing the second book of the history, 4 vols, vol. 3, Irish Texts Society 9, London: Irish Texts Society, 1908.
    CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
    Comyn, David [ed.], Foras feasa ar Éirinn: The history of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating D. D. Volume I, containing the introduction and first book of the history, 4 vols, vol. 1, Irish Texts Society 4, London: Irish Texts Society, 1902.
    CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
    Joyce, P. W., Forus feasa air Éirinn: Keating's History of Ireland. Book I, Part I, Gaelic Union Publications, Dublin: Gill, 1880.
    Internet Archive: <link>
    O'Mahony, John, Foras feasa ar Éirinn, do réir an Athar Seathrun Céiting, ollamh ré diadhachta: The history of Ireland, from the earliest period to the English Invasion, by the Reverend Geoffrey Keating, D.D., New York, 1857.
    Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>
    Vallancey, Charles [ed.], Collectanea de rebus Hibernicis, 6 vols, vol. 4.1: XIII. [The Iodhan Morainn, etc.]; [Mr. O’Connor’s third letter on the heathen state of Ireland], Dublin, 1786.
    Internet Archive – Poor copy from Google Books: <link>
    1–12   [I] “The Iodhan Morain, or breast-plate of judgment (from Keating's history of Ireland)”
    O'Connor, Dermod, The general history of Ireland, collected by the learned Jeoffrey Keating, D.D. Faithfully translated from the original Irish language, with many curious amendments taken from the Psalters of Tara and Cashel, and other authentic Records, Dublin, 1723.
    Internet Archive – 1861 reprint: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – 1841 reprint: <link>

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