Scéla Éogain ⁊ Cormaic‘The story of Éogan and Cormac’

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  • Cycles of the Kings
  • Old Irish
  • Ó Cathasaigh argues that the two manuscript versions derive from a common ancestor written in classical Old Irish. While he allows for the possibility that the latter may be a reworking of the text made in the Middle Irish period, “we can be reasonably sure that the content of the story is much as it was in the O. I. ancestor of L and H”.(1)n. 1 Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, The heroic biography of Cormac mac Airt (1977): 115–117.
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Éogan Mór mac AilellaÉogan Mór mac Ailella / Éogan Mór / Éogan mac Ailella (ass. time-frame: Éogan Mór mac Ailella) – Eponymous ancestor of the Éoganachta of Munster; son of Ailill Ólomm, king of Munster
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Cormac mac AirtCormac mac Airt (ass. time-frame: Cormac mac Airt) – legendary high-king of Ireland; son of Art son of Conn Cétchathach; contemporary of Finn mac Cumaill
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Fíachu MuillethanFíachu Muillethan (fl. 507–514) – Fíachu (Mun- or Muil-lethan) mac Éogain; son of Éogan mac Ailella; king of Munster
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Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, The heroic biography of Cormac mac Airt (1977): 115–117.

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.] Ó Cathasaigh, Tomás, The heroic biography of Cormac mac Airt, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1977.
119–127 Edition, with translation, based on Laud Misc. 610 and TCD 1336.
[ed.] [tr.] O'Daly, Máirín [ed. and tr.], Cath Maige Mucrama: The battle of Mag Mucrama, Irish Texts Society 50, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 1975.
64–73 Based on Laud Misc. 610.
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “The Laud genealogies and tribal histories”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 8 (1912): 291–338.
CELT – edition: <link> Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
309–312. The Laud Misc. 610 version. direct link
[ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf, “Allerlei Irisches”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 10 (1915): 421–443.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
422–423 Variants from TCD 1336, section 6 direct link
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