Tríar manach

  • Late Old Irish, Early Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Medieval Irish literature
A humorous early Irish anecdote about three hermit monks
Initial words (verse)
“Three monks turned their back on the world”
Initial words (prose)
  • TRIAR mannach dorath diultadh don tsaoghail
“Three monks turned their back on the world”
  • Late Old Irish Early Middle Irish
  • Late Old Irish or early Middle Irish (?)
prose (primary)


Medieval Irish literature


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.] King, Dennis, Caoimhín Ó Donnaíle, Aled Llion Jones, and et al., Tríar manach, Online. URL: <http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/sengoidelc/donncha/tm>.
Edition, with English translation and introduction, by Dennis King; with translations by various contributors into a great variety of languages.
[ed.] Flower, Robin [ed.], Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the [British Library, formerly the] British Museum, vol. 2, London: British Museum, 1926.
586 Edition.
[tr.] O'Grady, Standish Hayes, Silva Gadelica (I–XXXI): a collection of tales in Irish, vol. 2: translation and notes, London: Williams & Norgate, 1892.
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viii English translation.