McManus (Damian)

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McManus, Damian, “Celebrating the canine II: the hunt in medieval Ireland, with special reference to the evidence of Classical Irish poetry”, Ériu 68 (2018): 145–192.  

This paper investigates the nature of the hunt in Medieval Ireland. It confirms from the evidence of Fianaigecht material backed up by contemporary Classical Irish poetry that the hunt was in the nature of a drive and ambush rather than a chase; that two types of hound were used in the hunt, the gadhair to drive the quarry from its covert and the coin to hem it in by securing the corridor to the ambush site, where the latter were slipped on the quarry; that this practice was common in Scotland as well as in continental Europe at the time; and that the deployment of the hunt was an important part of the training of a young nobleman in Ireland. Crossover material reflecting parallels between hound and hero celebration is also investigated.

Ériu 67 (2017), Royal Irish Academy.
McManus, Damian, “Celebrating the canine: an edition of Slán dona saoithibh sealga ‘Farewell to the masters of the hunt’, an elegy for Diarmaid Mág Carthaigh’s († 1368) hound”, Ériu 67 (2017): 187–213.  

This edition of the poem Slán dona saoithibh sealga ‘Farewell to the masters of the hunt’ begins by addressing the question of whether this is the elegy for a Mág Carthaigh hound referred to by Fearghal Óg Mac an Bhaird in his poem, Teasda eascara an fhiadhaigh ‘Dead is the wild game's foe’. The contents of the poem are then summarised and an edition complete with translation and critical apparatus is presented.

McManus, Damian, “On the use of the urlann in deibhidhe and séadnadh metres in Classical Irish verse”, North American Journal of Celtic Studies 1:1 (May, 2017): 61–81.  
This paper examines the very considerable flexibility available to the poet in the rigid framework of the Classical Modern Irish Dán Díreach metre, Deibhidhe, and focuses particular attention on the urlann. It introduces the concept of ‘the urlann space’ and ‘available syllable balance’ and argues that the urlann-friendliness of different metres is related to these criteria. Giolla Brighde ó hEódhasa's statement that there should be ‘one word only’ in the urlann space in Deibhidhe is examined and several exceptions in the form of double-urlann couplets from all periods of Bardic poetry are presented, though it is acknowledged that the phenomenon is rare. A survey of the double urlann in Séadnadh is also carried out and reveals similar results, though one poem is found to contain more examples of this phenomenon than all others examined put together. The paper reaches the conclusion that ó hEódhasa's statement should be interpreted as being descriptive of the majority of Deibhidhe final-couplets, but not as a rule.
McManus, Damian, “Fault-finding in the grammatical tracts”, in: Ó Riain, Gordon [ed.], Dá dtrian feasa fiafraighidh: essays on the Irish grammatical and metrical tradition, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2017. 199–231.
Ériu 66 (2016).
McManus, Damian, “Miscellanea on Classical Irish: 1. cadad at -s s- boundaries; 2. The conjunctionless comparative; 3. The appositional genitive”, Ériu 66 (2016): 111–134.
Ériu 65 (2015).
Breatnach, Liam, Ruairí Ó hUiginn, Damian McManus, and Katharine Simms (eds), Proceedings of the XIV International Congress of Celtic Studies, held in Maynooth University, 1–5 August 2011, Dublin: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2015.
Ériu 64 (2014).
McManus, Damian, “In defence of manslaughter: two poems by Muireadhach Leasa an Doill/Albanach Ó Dálaigh for Domhnall Mór (mac Éigneacháin) Ó Domhnaill († 1241)”, Ériu 64 (2014): 145–203.
McManus, Damian, “Varia II. Classical Irish miscellanea”, Ériu 64 (2014): 213–227.
McManus, Damian, “Surnames and scions: adjectival qualification of Christian names and cognomina in classical Irish poetry”, Ériu 63 (2013): 117–143.  
Given the importance attached in Bardic poetry to the nobility and genealogy of the patrons addressed, it is perhaps not surprising that surnames and words denoting 'descendant', whether remote or recent, figure largely in the genre. This paper will explore some unique or unusual features of the meaning and morphology of the words mac 'son' and ó 'grandson', and will move on to an examination of adjectival qualification of these words and the personal names with which they combine to form surnames, sept-names and loose designations of remote ancestry. A survey of the combination of preposition + surname (the ris Ó nDomhnaill construction) is also included.
Ériu 63 (2013).
McManus, Damian, “Varia II: On the 2nd sg. subjunctive of do-ní in Classical Irish”, Ériu 63 (2013): 155–158.
McManus, Damian, “Varia II: The ainm coimhleanamhna”, Ériu 62 (2012): 189–195.
Ériu 62 (2012).
McManus, Damian, “Varia II: IGT/BST citations; some more identifications”, Ériu 61 (2011): 169–170.
Ériu 61 (2011).
Ériu 60 (2010).
McManus, Damian, and Eoghan Ó Raghallaigh (eds), A bardic miscellany: five hundred bardic poems from manuscripts in Irish and British libraries, Dublin: Trinity College Dublin, 2010.
Ériu 59 (2009).
McManus, Damian, “Good-looking and irresistible: the hero from early Irish saga to classical poetry”, Ériu 59 (2009): 57–109.
McManus, Damian, “Varia II: IGT citations; more identifications”, Ériu 58 (2008): 181.
McManus, Damian, “Niall Frosach’s ‘act of truth’: a bardic apologue in a poem for Sir Nicholas Walsh, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (†1615)”, Ériu 58 (2008): 133–168.


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