Bibliography

Fergus
Kelly
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Kelly, Fergus, The MacEgan legal treatise, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Celtic Studies, 2020.  
abstract:
This treatise is attributed to Giolla na Naomh Mac Aodhagáin (MacEgan), chief judge of the province of Connacht, who died in battle in 1309 alongside his king Aodh Ó Conchobhair (O'Conor). It is of special importance as it provides a professional lawyer's account of Irish ‘Brehon’ law in the period after the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1169. The castle photographed here  [on the cover] is Redwood (Coillte Ruadha), Co. Tipperary, occupied from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries by descendants of Giolla na Naomh.
abstract:
This treatise is attributed to Giolla na Naomh Mac Aodhagáin (MacEgan), chief judge of the province of Connacht, who died in battle in 1309 alongside his king Aodh Ó Conchobhair (O'Conor). It is of special importance as it provides a professional lawyer's account of Irish ‘Brehon’ law in the period after the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1169. The castle photographed here  [on the cover] is Redwood (Coillte Ruadha), Co. Tipperary, occupied from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries by descendants of Giolla na Naomh.
Kelly, Fergus, Marriage disputes: a fragmentary Old Irish law-text, Early Irish Law Series 6, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Celtic Studies, 2014.
Kelly, Fergus, Early Irish farming: a study based mainly on the law-texts of the 7th and 8th centuries AD, Early Irish Law Series 4, Dublin: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1997.
Charles-Edwards, T. M., and Fergus Kelly, Bechbretha: an Old Irish law-tract on bee-keeping, Early Irish Law Series 1, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1983.
Kelly, Fergus [ed. and tr.], Audacht Morainn, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1976.
Greene, David, and Fergus Kelly, The Irish Adam and Eve story from Saltair na Rann, 2 vols, vol. 1, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1976.
Bergin, Osborn, Irish bardic poetry: texts and translations, together with an introductory lecture, ed. Fergus Kelly and David Greene, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1970.


Contributions to journals

Kelly, Fergus, “Whodunnit? Indirect evidence in early Irish law”, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 35 (2015): 1–17.
Fergus Kelly, “[Review of: Charlene M. Eska, Cáin lánamna: an Old Irish tract on marriage and divorce law (2010)]”, in: Medium Ævum 81 (2012): 323.
Kelly, Fergus, “Cauldron imagery in a legal passage on judges [CIH IV 1307.38-1308.7]”, Celtica 26 (2010): 31–43.
Kelly, Fergus, “Onomatopeic interjections in Early Irish”, Celtica 25 (2007): 88–107.
Kelly, Fergus, “Thinking in threes: the triad in early Irish literature [Sir John Rhŷs Memorial Lecture]”, Proceedings of the British Academy 125 (2004): 1–18.  
comments: Sir John Rhŷs Memorial Lectures
comments: Sir John Rhŷs Memorial Lectures
Borsje, Jacqueline, and Fergus Kelly, “‘The evil eye’ in early Irish literature and law”, Celtica 24 (2003): 1–39.
Kelly, Fergus, “Trees in early Ireland”, Irish Forestry: Journal of the Society of Irish Foresters 56 (1999): 39–57.
Society of Irish Foresters – PDF: <link>
Kelly, Fergus, “Early Irish law: the present state of research”, Études Celtiques 29 (1992): 15–23.  
abstract:
[FR] Le Droit irlandais ancien : état présent des recherches.
L’auteur discute les derniers développements dans l’étude du Droit irlandais ancien, depuis la publication du Corpus Iuris Hibernici de D.A. Binchy, en six volumes, en 1978. Il traite en particulier des objectifs de la collection “Early Irish Law Series”, dont trois volumes sont déjà parus. Il discute aussi des opinions récentes concernant les auteurs des textes de lois.

[EN] Early Irish Law : the present state of research.
The author discusses the developments in the study of Early Irish Law since the publication of D. A. Binchy’s six-volume Corpus Iuris Hibernici in 1978.
He deals in particular with the aims of the Early Irish Law Series, in which three volumes have already been published, and discusses current thinking on the problem of the authorship of the law-texts.
Journal volume:  Persée – Études Celtiques, vol. 29, 1992: <link>
abstract:
[FR] Le Droit irlandais ancien : état présent des recherches.
L’auteur discute les derniers développements dans l’étude du Droit irlandais ancien, depuis la publication du Corpus Iuris Hibernici de D.A. Binchy, en six volumes, en 1978. Il traite en particulier des objectifs de la collection “Early Irish Law Series”, dont trois volumes sont déjà parus. Il discute aussi des opinions récentes concernant les auteurs des textes de lois.

[EN] Early Irish Law : the present state of research.
The author discusses the developments in the study of Early Irish Law since the publication of D. A. Binchy’s six-volume Corpus Iuris Hibernici in 1978.
He deals in particular with the aims of the Early Irish Law Series, in which three volumes have already been published, and discusses current thinking on the problem of the authorship of the law-texts.
Kelly, Fergus, “A note on Old Irish círmaire”, Celtica 21 (1990): 231–233.
Kelly, Fergus, “Two notes on final-verb constructions”, Celtica 18 (1986): 1–12.
Kelly, Fergus, “An Old-Irish text on court procedure”, Peritia 5 (1986): 74–106.  
abstract:
This paper provides an edition, translation and discussion of a bipartite Old-Irish text on court procedure. The first section, in straightforward Old-Irish prose, lists the sixteen persons (or categories of persons) who may be present at a court session and indicates where each of them should sit in relation to the judges. This section provides some information on the part played by both king and judges in reaching and promulgating a verdict. It also touches on the role of sureties, witnesses and custodians of tradition (senchaid) in court. The second section is in the obscure rosc style and contains early spellings which indicate that it was composed before the first section. It seems to be a riddle about court procedure to which the answer may be ‘judgement’ or ‘verdict’.
abstract:
This paper provides an edition, translation and discussion of a bipartite Old-Irish text on court procedure. The first section, in straightforward Old-Irish prose, lists the sixteen persons (or categories of persons) who may be present at a court session and indicates where each of them should sit in relation to the judges. This section provides some information on the part played by both king and judges in reaching and promulgating a verdict. It also touches on the role of sureties, witnesses and custodians of tradition (senchaid) in court. The second section is in the obscure rosc style and contains early spellings which indicate that it was composed before the first section. It seems to be a riddle about court procedure to which the answer may be ‘judgement’ or ‘verdict’.
Kelly, Fergus, “The Old Irish tree-list”, Celtica 11 (1976): 107–124.
Kelly, Fergus, “Tiughraind Bhécáin”, Ériu 26 (1975): 66–98, 98 (addendum).  
Discussion, edition and translation of a poem in praise of Colum Cille from Laud Misc. 615. pp. 114-115, where it is entitled Tiughraind Bhécáin meic Luigdech do Cholum Cille ann so (‘The last verses of Bécán mac Luigdech for Colum Culle here’). It begins Doféd andes andáil fíadhatt.
Discussion, edition and translation of a poem in praise of Colum Cille from Laud Misc. 615. pp. 114-115, where it is entitled Tiughraind Bhécáin meic Luigdech do Cholum Cille ann so (‘The last verses of Bécán mac Luigdech for Colum Culle here’). It begins Doféd andes andáil fíadhatt.
Kelly, Fergus, “A poem in praise of Columb Cille”, Ériu 24 (1973): 1–34.
Kelly, Fergus, “Varia V [1. O I. ad-claid; 2. O I. claideb and its cognates]”, Ériu 22 (1971): 190–196.

Contributions to edited collections or authored works

Kelly, Fergus, “An early Irish category of swindler: the mindach méith”, in: Carey, John, Kevin Murray, and Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (eds), Sacred histories: a Festschrift for Máire Herbert, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015. 175–181.
Kelly, Fergus, “Appendix I: An Old Irish law fragment on the evil eye”, in: Borsje, Jacqueline, The Celtic evil eye and related mythological motifs in medieval Ireland, Studies in the History and Anthropology of Religion 2, Louvain: Peeters Publishers, 2012. 225–234.
Kelly, Fergus, “The recovery of stolen property: notes on legal procedure in Gaelic Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man”, in: Edmonds, Fiona, and Paul Russell (eds.), Tome: studies in medieval Celtic history and law in honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards, Studies in Celtic History 31, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2011. 165–171.
Kelly, Fergus, “The relative importance of cereals and livestock in the medieval Irish economy: the evidence of the law-texts”, in: Centro Italiano di studi sull’Alto Medioevo (ed.), L'irlanda e gli irlandesi nell'alto medioevo (Spoleto, 16-21 aprile 2009), Settimane di Studio del Centro Italiano di Studi Sull'Alto Medioevo 57, Spoleto: Presso La sede del Centro, 2010. 93–108.
Kelly, Fergus, “Mac Aodhagáin, Giolla na Naomh”, McGuire, James [ed.], and James Quinn [ed.], Dictionary of Irish biography, online ed. (2009), Online: Royal Irish Academy; Cambridge University Press. URL: <https://dib.cambridge.org/viewReadPage.do?articleId=a5812>.
Kelly, Fergus, “Audacht Morainn”, in: Koch, John T. [ed.], Celtic culture: a historical encyclopedia, 5 vols, Santa Barbara, Denver and Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2006. Vol. 1: 142–143.
Kelly, Fergus, “[Various contributions]”, in: Duffy, Seán [ed.], Medieval Ireland: an encyclopedia, New York and London: Routledge, 2005. [Various].
includes: Fergus Kelly, ‘Agriculture’ • Fergus Kelly, ‘Law schools, learned families’ • Fergus Kelly, ‘Law texts
Kelly, Fergus, “O'Curry, Eugene (1794–1862)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press. URL: <http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/20531>.
Kelly, Fergus, “Níall Noígíallach (d. c.452)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press. URL: <http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/20074>.
Kelly, Fergus, “Cormac mac Airt (supp. 196/7–267)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press. URL: <http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/6318>.
Kelly, Fergus, “Texts and transmissions: the law-texts”, in: Ní Chatháin, Próinséas, and Michael Richter (eds.), Ireland and Europe in the early Middle Ages: texts and transmissions / Irland und Europa im früheren Mittelalter: Texte und Überlieferung, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2002. 230–242.
Kelly, Fergus, “Giolla na Naomh Mac Aodhagáin: a thirteenth-century legal innovator”, in: Greer, Desmond, and Norma Dawsom (eds.), Mysteries and solutions in Irish legal history, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001. 1–14.
Kelly, Fergus, “Medicine and early Irish law”, in: Lyons, J. B. [ed.], 2000 years of Irish medicine, Dublin: Eireann Healthcare Publications, 1999. 15–19.