verse beg. Is aire charaim Doire

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Early Irish lyrics
A single Middle Irish quatrain of verse attributed (in prose) to Colum Cille and referring to his foundation at Derry. It is attested in Betha Choluim Chille.
Initial words (verse)
  • Is aire charaim Doire
“This is why I love Derry”
Ascribed to: Colum CilleColum Cille / Columba (fl. 6th century) – founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).
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attributed, by the prose introduction, to Colum Cille
  • Middle Irish
  • late Middle Irish
12th century (Murphy)
verse (primary)
prose (secondary)

Verse, with prose introduction.

Number of stanzas


Early Irish poetry


Colum CilleColum Cille / Columba (fl. 6th century) – founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).
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Doire [Derry]Doire ... Derry

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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.] Murphy, Gerard [ed. and tr.], “Anonymous: Derry”, in: Murphy, Gerard [ed. and tr.], Early Irish lyrics: eighth to twelfth century, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956. 68–69, 205.
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Critical edition, collated and emended
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “Betha Choluim Chille: On the Life of Saint Columba”, in: Stokes, Whitley, Three Middle-Irish homilies on the Lives of saints Patrick, Brigit and Columba, Calcutta, 1877. 89–125, 140.
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108–109 LB version
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], Lives of saints from the Book of Lismore, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Mediaeval and Modern Series 5, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1890.
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27 Lismore version
Dennis Groenewegen
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