Trí h-ollamain Chondacht

  • Irish
  • prose
  • Medieval Irish literature about poets
Short Irish prose tale about three poets of Connacht, Mac Liac, Mac Coise and Flann mac Lonáin. The text occurs in the Yellow Book of Lecan by way of a preface to the verse Dinnshenchas of Slíab nEchtga II attr. to Flann and follows another prose introduction about and poem attributed to Flann (Bó bithblicht meic Lonán).
Initial words (prose)
  • Tri hollamain Chondacht .i. mac Liacc 7 mac Coisi 7 Fland mac Lonain .i. mac De 7 mac duine 7 mac deamain
  • Irish
prose (primary)


Medieval Irish literature about poets


Mac Líacc [Muirchertach]Muirchertach ... Mac Líacc (d.. 1014 / 1016 (AU)) – Middle Irish poet, who is described as 'chief poet of Ireland' (ard-ollamh Érenn) in the Annals of Ulster; becomes the subject of a body of later medieval Irish literature.
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Urard mac CoiseUrard mac Coise / Irard mac Coise / Erard mac Coise (d. 983 x 1023) – Irish poet
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Flann mac LonáinFlann mac Lonáin / Flann mac Lónáin (d. 891 x 918) – early Irish poet; called ‘the Virgil of the Irish’ (Firgil Gáedel) and ‘King of the Poets of Ireland’ respectively.
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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.] Gwynn, E. J. [ed. and tr.], The metrical dindsenchas, 5 vols, vol. 3, Todd Lecture Series 10, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1913.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 3: <link> Internet Archive – vols. 1-3: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
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