Immacallam Choluim Cille ⁊ ind óclaig‘The conversation between Colum Cille and the youth’

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  • Despite archaising tendencies in orthography, “cartt for card = carn, Maggán, genir are genuine archaic spellings; and lastly, there are two forms which are not found outside our oldest glosses. These are mucintar (l. 26) and in tain (l. 25). The former represents a mixture of the oldest form of the word, montar (Wb. 7 c 5), and the later muinter. The use of the accusative in intain 'when' is another undoubted sign of great age, pointing to an Old-Irish original as the source from which our copy is derived. This original cannot have been later than the ninth century and may even be assigned to the eighth” (Meyer).(1)n. 1 Kuno Meyer • Alfred Nutt, ‘The colloquy of Colum Cille and the youth at Carn Eolairg’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 2 (1899): 314.
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Colum CilleColum Cille / Columba (fl. 6th century) – founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).
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Mongán mac FíachnaiMongán mac Fíachnai
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Kuno Meyer • Alfred Nutt, ‘The colloquy of Colum Cille and the youth at Carn Eolairg’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 2 (1899): 314.

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[ed.] [tr.] Grosjean, Paul, “S. Columbae Hiensis cum Mongano heroe colloquium”, Analecta Bollandiana 45 (1927): 75–83.
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], and Alfred Nutt [addendum], “The colloquy of Colum Cille and the youth at Carn Eolairg”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 2 (1899): 312–320.
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[tr.] Carey, John [tr.], “[Various contributions]”, in: Koch, John T., and John Carey (eds.), The Celtic Heroic Age. Literary sources for ancient Celtic Europe and early Ireland & Wales, Celtic Studies Publications 1, 4th ed. (1995), Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2003. [Various].
[id. 105. ‘The conversion of Colum Cille and the youth at Carn Eolairg (Some say that he was Mongán mac Fiachna)’]

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Carey, John, Ireland and the Grail, Celtic Studies Publications 11, Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2007.
33–35, 39, 215, 329
Carey, John, “The baptism of the gods”, in: Carey, John, A single ray of the sun: religious speculation in early Ireland, Celtic Studies Publications 3, Andover, MA, and Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 1999. 1–38.
C. A.,Dennis Groenewegen