Texts

Tairired na nDéssi‘The migration of the Déisi’

  • Old Irish, Middle Irish
  • Cycles of the Kings
Title
Tairired na nDéssi
‘The migration of the Déisi’
Also known as Tucait innarba na nDessi i mMumain (‘The cause of the expulsion of the Déssi into Munster’).
Manuscripts
Language
  • Old Irish Middle Irish
  • Recension A is Old Irish and has been dated to the middle of the 8th century.(3)n. 3 Kuno Meyer, ‘Gauls in Ireland’, Ériu 4 (1908–1910).

    The later Recension B predates the compilation of LU (AD 1106). "How much earlier than this date [...] remains open to question since it also preserves a number of Old Irish forms. At any event, the almost complete absence of independent objective pronouns in the Lebor na Huidre copy suggests a date of composition at least some fifty or more years before previous to A.D. 1106" (Hull).(4)n. 4 Vernam Hull, ‘The later version of the expulsion of the Déssi’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 27 (1958–1959): 15 note 5, referring here to John Strachan, ‘The infixed pronoun in Middle Irish’, Ériu 1 (1904): 177.

Textual relationships
Two titles relevant to the story, Tochomlad na nDési a Temraig and Longes Eithne Uathaige, occur in the medieval Irish tale lists. It is uncertain to which version(s) they refer.(1)n. 1 Vernam Hull, ‘The later version of the expulsion of the Déssi’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 27 (1958–1959): 14.(2)n. 2 Kuno Meyer, ‘Gauls in Ireland’, Ériu 4 (1908–1910).
Associated items

Classification

Cycles of the Kings

Subjects

 expulsion of the Déisi

Sources

Notes

Vernam Hull, ‘The later version of the expulsion of the Déssi’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 27 (1958–1959): 14.
Kuno Meyer, ‘Gauls in Ireland’, Ériu 4 (1908–1910).
Kuno Meyer, ‘Gauls in Ireland’, Ériu 4 (1908–1910).
Vernam Hull, ‘The later version of the expulsion of the Déssi’, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 27 (1958–1959): 15 note 5, referring here to John Strachan, ‘The infixed pronoun in Middle Irish’, Ériu 1 (1904): 177.

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.

Recension A:
Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “The expulsion of the Déssi”, Ériu 3 (1907): 135–142.
CELT – edition: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Based on Laud.
Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], “The expulsion of the Dessi”, Y Cymmrodor 14 (1901): 101–135.
CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>
Rawlinson B 502 version.
Pender, Séamus [ed.], “Two unpublished versions of the Expulsion of the Déssi”, in: Pender, Séamus [ed.], Féilscríbhinn Torna: essays and studies presented to professor Tadhg Ua Donnchadha (Torna) on the occasion of his seventieth birthday, September 4th, 1944, Cork: Cork University Press, 1947. 209–217.
Versions from the Book of Uí Maine (213-216) and Liber Flavus Fergusiorum (216-217).
Recension B:
Hull, Vernam, “The later version of the expulsion of the Déssi”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 27 (1958–1959): 14–63.
Based on all three manuscripts.
Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Tucait indarba na nDéssi”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 1, Halle and Dublin, 1907. 15–24.
– – Celtic Digital Initiative: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
TCD 1316 and 1336.

Secondary sources (select)

Meyer, Kuno, “Gauls in Ireland”, Ériu 4 (1908–1910): 208.
Hull, Vernam, “A collation of Tucait Indarba na nDéssi”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 24 (1954): 132–134.
Hull, Vernam, “The Book Of Uí Maine version of the Expulsion of the Déssi”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 24 (1954): 266–271.
Includes corrigenda to Pender's edition.
Ó Cathasaigh, Tomás, “On the LU version of ‘The Expulsion of the Dési’”, Celtica 11 (1976): 150–157.
Ó Cathasaigh, Tomás, “The Déisi and Dyfed”, Éigse 20 (1984): 1–33.
Contributors
C. A.,Dennis Groenewegen,Patrick Brown
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