Dublin, University College, MS Franciscan A 21
  • 1609
Ó Muraíle, Nollaig [ed.], Turas na dTaoiseach nUltach as Éirinn: from Ráth Maoláin to Rome. Tadhg O Cianain's contemporary narrative of the so-called Flight of the Earls, 1607-8, Rome: Pontifical Irish College; Four Courts Press, 2007.  
Contents include: introduction (17-45); Text and translation (48-399); Tomás Ó Fiaich and notes by Paul Walsh (403-600); Sample to compare (semi)diplomatic and modernised editions (603-609); Paul Walsh's preface (610-616); AFM's account (617-619); Prosopography of Earl's entourage (620-628); Index of persons mentioned in the text (629-630); Index of placenames (631-640), etc; Irish inscription of Loreto (653-656).
When the principal lords of Gaelic Ulster and their followers sailed from Lough Swilly in September 1607 on the faithful journey that would end in Rome nine months later, their company included one of the Irish learned class – Tadhg Ó Cianáin. This tantalisingly obscure figure has left us a most important primary source for a pivotal period in Irish history. Ó Cianáin’s careful record sheds valuable light on such things as the reaction of the Continental powers – France, Spain, Lorraine, and the Papacy – to the arrival on their territories of the inconvenient Irish exiles; the spread of Tridentine Catholic influence as far afield as Ireland; the role of such important Franciscan figures as Flaithrí Ó Maoil Chonaire and Roibeart Mac Artúir; the palpable Franciscan flavour that suffuses Ó Cianáin’s work; the sights and sounds of the great Baroque city of Rome, and the impressive sophistication and flexibility of the Irish language in accommodating itself to and borrowing from several other languages.

This new edition of Tadhg Ó Cianáin’s work owes much to the two previous editions, those of Paul Walsh (†1916) and Tomás Ó Fiaich and Pádraig de Barra (†1972); from the latter edition it furnishes, in translation, the late Cardinal Ó Fiaich’s invaluable commentary on the Earls’ journey, supplemented by Fr Walsh’s detailed annotation.
“University College Dublin”, Ó Macháin, Pádraig (director), Irish Script on Screen (ISOS) – Meamrám Páipéar Ríomhaire, Online: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. URL: <>.

Results for Dublin, University College (49)

Fragmentary Irish manuscript containing verses from Psalm 118, the so-called Beati. It is not known if the original manuscript was a Psalter containing all or most of the psalms.

  • s. xiex-xiiin
  • Mícheál Ó Cléirigh
Dublin, University College, MS Franciscan A 3

A single leaf which has bound together with ten detached leaves of the Book of Leinster.

Dublin, University College, MS Franciscan A 4

Irish manuscript fragment that was previously part of Franciscan MS A 31 (a compilation of fragments), later to be slipped into Franciscan MS A 4, and is now kept in a pouch separate from the latter manuscript.

  • s. xv / s. xvi
  • s. xvi1
  • Eoghan Carrach Ó Siaghail