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The title Banshenchas refers to two versions composed in the late Middle Irish period:

  1. a metrical version composed by Gilla Mo Dutu Úa Caiside in 1147 and
  2. a longer version in prose.
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Hemprich, Gisbert, Rí Érenn – ‘König von Irland’ – Fiktion und Wirklichkeit, 2 vols, Bonner Beiträge zur Keltologie 2, Berlin: curach bhán, 2015.
159   [4.17] “Banṡenchas ‘Frauengeschichte’”
Meyer, Kuno, “Introduction”, in: Meyer, Kuno, Fianaigecht: being a collection of hitherto inedited Irish poems and tales relating to Finn and his Fiana, Todd Lecture Series 16, London: Hodges, Figgis, 1910. v–xxxi.
“Twelfth century (xxxvii-lvii)”
xxxvii. Tesmolta Cormaic; xxxviii. The Bóroma (including two poems in LL); xxxix. Prose dinnshenchas: (a) Fornocht § 26 (death of Uinche Ochurbél); (b) Ráith Cnámrossa § 31; (c) Tipra Sengarman § 52; (d) Áth Liac Find § 139; xl. Poem beg. ‘Dám thrír táncatar ille’; xli. Poem beg, ‘Is de sin atá Áth Lúain’ (dinnshenchas of Snám Dá Én); xlii. Poem beg. ‘Nímutanic ó thír thend’ (on the dinnshenchas of Róiriu i nHúib Failge, attributed to Finn; xliii. Macgnímartha Finn; xliv. Poem ascribed to Oisín, beg. ‘Ro loiscit na lama sa’; xlv. Episode in a poem ascribed to Gilla in Chomded húa Cormaic, beg. ‘A Rí richid, réidig dam’; xlvi. Banshenchas, poetic version ascribed to Gilla Mo-Dutu Ó Caiside; xlvii. Banshenchas, prose version; xlviii. Mac Lesc mac Ladáin aithech; xlix. Poem attributed to Finn beg. ‘In lia no theilginn do grés’ on the dinnshenchas of Mag Dá Géise; l. Poem beg. ‘Ogam il-lia, lia uas lecht’, on the battle of Gabair Aichle; li. Poem ascribed to Oisín, beg. ‘Tuilsitir mo derca súain’ (on the boar of Muir Talláin); lii. Poem ascribed to Caílte, beg. ‘Bec innocht lúth mo dá lúa’; liii. Poem ascribed to Oisín, beg. ‘Ochtur táncamar anuas’, on the conversion of the fíana; liv. Poem attributed to Caílte on the dinnshenchas of Tonn Chlidna, beg. ‘Clidna Cheindfhind, búan in bét’; lv. Áirem muintire Finn; lvi. Fianshruth; lvii. Lige Guill i mMaig Raigni, lengthy poem on Goll mac Mornai Glinne Garad, attributed to Finn mac Cumaill

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