Immathchor nAilella ⁊ Airt‘Mutual restitution between Ailill and Art’

  • Old Irish
  • Early Irish law texts, Cycles of the Kings
  • Old Irish
  • Old Irish (Corthals)

c. 700 (Corthals)
The lawsuit is described in rosc
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For a different version of the beginning of the narrative, see Dinnshenchas of Slíab Comailt.


Early Irish law texts Cycles of the Kings

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Ailill ÓlommAilill Ólomm / Ailill Aulom (ass. time-frame: Irish legendary history) – king of Munster; reputed ancestor of the Éoganacht and Dál Cais; a prominent figure in various king-tales, such as those revolving around the Battle of Mag Mucrama.
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Sadb ingen ChuinnSadb ingen Chuinn (ass. time-frame: Conn Cétchathach, Ailill Ólomm, Lugaid Mac Con) – daughter of Conn Cétchathach and wife of Ailill Ólomm, king of Munster.
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Art mac CuinnArt mac Cuinn (ass. time-frame: Irish legendary history) – legendary Irish king, father of Cormac mac Airt
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[ed.] 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.
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Immathchor Ailello ocus Airt”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 3, Halle and Dublin, 1910. 27–29. 
Edition based on Rawlinson 512, with variants.
Celtic Digital Initiative: <link>
A critical edition, with English translation, based on Rawlinson B 512, with variants. Diplomatic editions of three individual manuscript texts are also provided.
[tr.] “Early medieval law, c. 700–1200”, ed. Donnchadh Ó Corráin, in: Bourke, Angela (et al., eds), The Field Day anthology of Irish writing, vol. IV: Irish women's writing and traditions, Cork: Cork University Press, 2002. 6–44.
CELT – Cáin lánamna (pp. 22–26): <link>
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