Ríagail na Céle nDé‘Rule of the Céli Dé’

  • Old Irish
  • Irish religious texts
Tract containing regulations on the practices of a religious community.
The copy of the text in Leabhar Breac consists of three parts:
  1. §§ 1-54: the main text
  2. §§ 55-56: excerpt from the Rule of Colum Cille
  3. §§ 57-65: excerpts from Ríagail Phátraic
  • Old Irish
“originally written perhaps in the ninth century” (Gwynn)


Irish religious texts


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.] Reeves, William, “On the Céli Dé, commonly called Culdees”, Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy 24 — Antiquities (1873): 119–263.
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200–215 Edition and translation by John O'Donovan.
[ed.] [tr.] Gwynn, E. J., “The Rule of Tallaght”, Hermathena 44 (1927): [second supplement].
64–87 Edition and translation.

Secondary sources (select)

Follett, Westley, Céli Dé in Ireland: monastic writing and identity in the early Middle Ages, Studies in Celtic History 23, Woodbridge, 2006.
Kenney, James F., “Chapter V: The monastic churches: II. The churches of the sixth to ninth centuries; general treatises”, in: Kenney, James F., The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Records of Civilization: Sources and Studies 11, Revised ed. (1929), New York: Octagon, 1966. 372–485.
472–473 (§ 266) [id. 266.]
Dennis Groenewegen
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