Talland Étair‘The siege of Howth’

  • Middle Irish
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Middle Irish
Textual relationships
Contains the réitóiric Agallamh Leborchaim. The dinnshenchas poem beg. Étar étan ri dílind relates the same story. The killing of Mes Gegra by Conall Cernach leads to events in Aided Chonchobair.


Ulster Cycle


 ail-geis  geis
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
Chief poet and satirist of the Ulstermen in the Ulster Cycle.
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Conall CernachConall Cernach
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
warrior of the Ulaid in the Ulster Cycle; son of Amergin and Findchóem
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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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Benn Étair
Benn Étair ... Hill of Howth
County Dublin


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 Dónaill, Caoimhín [ed. and tr.], Talland Étair, Maynooth Medieval Irish Texts 4, Maynooth: Department of Old and Middle Irish, National University of Ireland, 2005.
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The siege of Howth”, Revue Celtique 8 (1887): 47–64.
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Stokes omits the interpolation in LL which was later edited by Dobbs.
[tr.] Hull, Eleanor [ed.], The Cuchullin saga in Irish literature: being a collection of stories relating to the hero Cuchullin, Grimm Library 8, London, 1898.
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[id. 6.] A revised version of the translation by Stokes
[ed.] Dobbs, Margaret E. [ed.], “Agallamh Leborchaim”, Études Celtiques 5 (1949): 154–161.
Dennis Groenewegen,Patrick Brown