Mesca Ulad‘The intoxication of the Ulstermen’

  • Old Irish, Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Old Irish Middle Irish
  • Old and Middle Irish
prose (primary)


Ulster Cycle

Subject tags

Cú ChulainnCú Chulainn – Young Ulster hero and chief character of Táin bó Cuailnge and other tales of the Ulster Cycle; son of Súaltam or Lug and Deichtire (sister to Conchobor); husband of Emer (ingen Forgaill)
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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.] Watson, J. Carmichael [ed.], Mesca Ulad, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series 13, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1941.
CELT – edition: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Hennessy, William M. [ed. and tr.], Mesca Ulad or The Intoxication of the Ultonians, Todd Lecture Series 1.1, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1889.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
[ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, and Osborn Bergin (eds.), Lebor na hUidre: Book of the Dun Cow, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1929.
CELT – edition (pp. 1-338): <link> Internet Archive: <link>
50–53 Diplomatic edition from LU
[tr.] Watson, J. Carmichael [tr.], “Mesca Ulad”, Scottish Gaelic Studies 5 (1938): 1–34.
[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].
§ 82. Provisional translation based on the edition of J. Carmichael Watson (1941).
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey [tr.], Early Irish myths and sagas, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981.
[tr.] Guyonvarc'h, Christian-J. [tr.], “L’ivresse des Ulates”, Ogam 12 (1960): 487–506.

Secondary sources (select)

Bondarenko, Grigory, “Autochthons and otherworlds in Celtic and Slavic”, in: Brozović-Rončević, Dunja, Maxim Fomin, and Ranko Matasović (eds), Celts and Slavs in central and southeastern Europe: proceedings of the Third International Colloquium of the Societas Celto-Slavica, Dubrovnik, September 18–20, 2008, Studia Celto-Slavica 3, Zagreb: Institut za hrvatski jezik i jezikoslovlje, 2010. 281–302.
Ulster Institutional Repository – eprint: <link>
Sayers, William, “Róimid Rígóinmit, royal fool: onomastics and cultural valence”, Journal of Indo-European Studies 33 (2005): 41–51.
Sayers, William, “Three charioteering gifts in Mesca Ulad and Táin bó Cúailnge : immorchor ṅdelend, foscul díriuch, léim dar boilg”, Ériu 32 (1981): 163–167.
Watson, J. Carmichael, “Mesca Ulad: the redactor’s contribution to the later version”, Ériu 13 (1942): 95–112.
Thurneysen, Rudolf, Die irische Helden- und Königsage bis zum siebzehnten Jahrhundert, Halle: Niemeyer, 1921.
Internet Archive: <link>
Patrick Brown,Dennis Groenewegen
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