Bibliography

Damian
McManus
s. xx / s. xxi

44 publications between 1984 and 2018 indexed
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Works authored

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.
McManus, Damian, A guide to Ogam, Maynooth Monographs 4, Maynooth: An Sagart, 1991.

Works edited

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.

Contributions to journals

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.  
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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.

abstract:

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.

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.  
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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.
abstract:
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, “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.  
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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.

abstract:

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, “Miscellanea on Classical Irish: 1. cadad at -s s- boundaries; 2. The conjunctionless comparative; 3. The appositional genitive”, Ériu 66 (2016): 111–134.
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, “Varia II: On the 2nd sg. subjunctive of do-ní in Classical Irish”, Ériu 63 (2013): 155–158.
McManus, Damian, “Surnames and scions: adjectival qualification of Christian names and cognomina in classical Irish poetry”, Ériu 63 (2013): 117–143.  
abstract:
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.
abstract:
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.
McManus, Damian, “Varia II: The ainm coimhleanamhna”, Ériu 62 (2012): 189–195.
McManus, Damian, “Varia II: IGT/BST citations; some more identifications”, Ériu 61 (2011): 169–170.
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.
McManus, Damian, “Varia II. IGT citations; Further identifications”, Ériu 55 (2005): 145.
McManus, Damian, “Varia III. Miscellanea on bardic poetry: metre, language and style”, Ériu 55 (2005): 147–166.
McManus, Damian, “Varia I. IGT citations and duplicate entries: further identifications.”, Ériu 54 (2004): 249–251.
McManus, Damian, “The Irish grammatical and syntactical tracts: a concordance of duplicated and identified citations”, Ériu 48 (1997): 83–101.
McManus, Damian, “Úaim do rinn: linking alliteration or a lost dúnad?”, Ériu 46 (1995): 59–63.
McManus, Damian, “The preterite passive plural in BST”, Éigse 26 (1992): 13–19.
McManus, Damian, “Irish letter-names and their kennings”, Ériu 39 (1988): 127–168.
McManus, Damian, “Ogam: archaizing, orthography and the authenticity of the manuscript key to the alphabet”, Ériu 37 (1986): 9–31.
McManus, Damian, “Linguarum diversitas: Latin and the vernaculars in early medieval Britain”, Peritia 3 (1984): 151–188.

Contributions to edited collections or authored works

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.
McManus, Damian, “‘The smallest man in Ireland can reach the tops of her trees’: images of the king's peace and bounty in bardic poetry”, in: Nagy, Joseph Falaky [ed.], Memory and the modern in Celtic literatures, CSANA Yearbook 5, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006. 61–117.
McManus, Damian, “The language of the Beatha”, in: Ó Riain, Pádraig (ed.), Beatha Aodha Ruaidh: The life of Red Hugh O’Donnell: historical and literary contexts, Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series 12, London: Irish Texts Society, 2002. 54–73.
McManus, Damian, “Classical modern Irish”, in: McCone, Kim R., and Katharine Simms (eds.), Progress in medieval Irish studies, Maynooth: Department of Old Irish, St. Patrick's College, 1996. 165–187.
McManus, Damian, “Runic and Ogam letter names: a parallelism”, in: Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, Liam Breatnach, and Kim R. McCone (eds.), Sages, saints and storytellers: Celtic studies in honour of Professor James Carney, Maynooth Monographs 2, Maynooth: An Sagart, 1989. 144–148.
McManus, Damian, “The so-called Cothrige and Pátraic strata of Latin loan-words in early Irish”, in: Ní Chatháin, Próinséas, and Michael Richter (eds), Irland und Europa: die Kirche im Frühmittelalter / Ireland and Europe: the early church, Veröffentlichtungen des Europa Zentrums Tübingen. Kulturwissenschaftliche Reihe, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1984. 179–196.