Category:Early Irish poetry

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This category covers poetry composed between c. 600–c. 1200, that is, in the Old and Middle Irish periods.

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[A Mór Maigne Moigi Siúil], verse beg. ‘A Mór Maigne Moigi Siúil’
» In English: “O Mór of Moyne in Mag Síuil” » Ascribed author(s): Id:Urard mac Coise » Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse » Categories: Early Irish poetry Finn Cycle Text entries » Type: early Irish lyrics
[Dinnshenchas of Almu I], verse beg. ‘Almu Lagen, les na Fían’ , part of or cited in: Dinnshenchas Érenn A Acallam na senórach/Ráith Glais and Ráith Almu Fotha catha Cnucha
» In English: “Almu of the Leinstermen, a fort of the fiana” » Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse » Categories: Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Finn Cycle Text entries » Type: dinnshenchas » Keywords: conception
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Dinnshenchas poem on Almu (the Hill of Allen, Co. Kildare), which recounts the tale of the conception of Finn mac Cumaill.

[Dinnshenchas of Almu II], verse beg. ‘Almu robo cháem dia cois’ , part of or cited in: Dinnshenchas Érenn C
» In English: “Almu, she was fair to the foot” » Form: verse » Stanzas: 4 st. » Categories: Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Finn Cycle Text entries » Type: dinnshenchas
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Dinnshenchas poem on Almu (the Hill of Allen, Co. Kildare)

[Dinnshenchas of Áth Líac Find I], verse beg. ‘Áth Liac Find, cid dia tá?’ , part of or cited in: Dinnshenchas Érenn A Dinnshenchas Érenn C
» Author(s): Id:Máel Muru Othna » Ascribed author(s): Id:Máel Muru Othna » Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse » Categories: Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Finn Cycle Text entries » Type: dinnshenchas
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Tract on the dinnshenchas of Áth Líac Find, a ford of the Shannon.

» In English: “Lore of women” » Language(s): Middle Irish » Categories: Irish legendary history Cycles of the Kings Finn Cycle Mythological Cycle Ulster Cycle Early Irish poetry Text entries » Type: Subject:lists of people
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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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...other poems in the Finn Cycle

[A chloch thall for elaid úair], verse beg. ‘A chloch thall for elaid úair’
» In English: “O stone yonder upon the cold tomb” » Ascribed author(s): Id:Cináed úa hArtacáin » Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse » Categories: Early Irish poetry Ulster Cycle Text entries
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Poem on a stone at Monasterboice, Co. Louth.

[Dinnshenchas of Achall], verse beg. ‘Achall ar aicce Temair’ , part of or cited in: Dinnshenchas Érenn A Dinnshenchas Érenn C
» In English: “Skryne opposite Tara” » Ascribed author(s): Id:Cináed úa hArtacáin » Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse prose » Categories: Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Ulster Cycle Text entries » Type: dinnshenchas » Keywords: revenge
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Dinnshenchas poem mostly on Achall, i.e. the Hill of Skreen, Co. Meath, with prose on Duma nEirc and Duma nAichle. Both the poem and the prose text offer the story according to which Achall died of grief for her brother Erc, who was killed in vengeance for Cú Chulainn’s death, and was buried in the mound that would bear her name.

[Amrae Chon Roí], verse beg. ‘Ní hada dom anmuin / apairt ro-m-nét’ , part of or cited in: Aided Chon Roí Independent
» In English: “Not meet for my soul is the deed that has quelled me” » Language(s): Old Irish » Form: verse » Categories: Early Irish poetry Ulster Cycle Text entries
[Dinnshenchas of Ard Macha], verse beg. ‘In mag imríadat ar n-eich’ , part of or cited in: Dinnshenchas Érenn B Dinnshenchas Érenn C
» Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse prose » Stanzas: 27 st. » Categories: Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Ulster Cycle Text entries » Type: dinnshenchas
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Tract on the dinnshenchas of Ard Macha.

[Atchíu fer find firfes cles], verse beg. ‘Atchíu fer find firfes cles Atchíu fer find firfes chless’ , part of or cited in: Introduction to the Táin bó Cúailnge
» In English: “I see a fair man who will perform weapon-feats” » Ascribed author(s): Id:Fedelm ... Connacht prophetess » Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse » Stanzas: 10 st. » Categories: Early Irish poetry Táin bó Cúailnge Text entries
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Poem attributed to Fedelm, a poetess (banfhili) and seeress from Connacht, in the first two recensions of the Táin bó Cúailnge. In this poem, she prophesies the coming of Cú Chulainn and his heroic deeds.


...other poems in the Ulster Cycle


[Dinnshenchas of Achall], verse beg. ‘Achall ar aicce Temair’ , part of or cited in: Dinnshenchas Érenn A Dinnshenchas Érenn C
» In English: “Skryne opposite Tara” » Ascribed author(s): Id:Cináed úa hArtacáin » Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse prose » Categories: Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Ulster Cycle Text entries » Type: dinnshenchas » Keywords: revenge
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Dinnshenchas poem mostly on Achall, i.e. the Hill of Skreen, Co. Meath, with prose on Duma nEirc and Duma nAichle. Both the poem and the prose text offer the story according to which Achall died of grief for her brother Erc, who was killed in vengeance for Cú Chulainn’s death, and was buried in the mound that would bear her name.

[Dinnshenchas of Ailech I], verse beg. ‘Decid Ailech n-Imchill n-úaib’ , part of or cited in: Dinnshenchas Érenn A
» Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse » Stanzas: 28 st. » Categories: Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Mythological Cycle Text entries » Type: dinnshenchas
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Poem on the dinnshenchas of Ailech.

[Dinnshenchas of Ailech II], verse beg. ‘Cía triallaid nech aisneis senchais Ailig eltaig’ , part of or cited in: Independent Dinnshenchas Érenn C
» Ascribed author(s): Id:Flann Mainistrech » Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse » Stanzas: 35 st. » Categories: Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Mythological Cycle Text entries » Type: dinnshenchas
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Dinnshenchas of Ailech

[Dinnshenchas of Ailech III], verse beg. ‘Ailech Frigrenn, faithche na ríg rígda in domain’ , part of or cited in: Dinnshenchas Érenn C Dinnshenchas Érenn B
» Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse » Categories: Early Irish poetry Dinnshenchas Érenn Mythological Cycle Text entries » Type: dinnshenchas
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Dinnshenchas of Ailech

[Dinnshenchas of Ailén Cobthaig], verse beg. ‘A Fedelm, a fholt-buide’ , part of or cited in: Dinnshenchas Érenn C
» Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: prose verse » Stanzas: 14 st. » Categories: Dinnshenchas Érenn Early Irish poetry Text entries » Type: dinnshenchas
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Text on the dinnshenchas of Ailén Cobthaig


...other poems in the Dinnshenchas Érenn

[A Bé Find in rega lim], verse beg. ‘A Bé Find in rega lim’ , part of or cited in: Tochmarc Étaíne
» In English: “Fair lady, will you go with me?” » Language(s): Old Irish » Form: verse » Stanzas: 7 st. » Categories: Early Irish poetry Text entries » Type: early Irish lyrics
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Early Irish syllabic poem (7 qq) in which the speaker encourages Bé Find to join him in the delightful Otherworld. It is preserved in the third part of Tochmarc Étaíne, where the poem is attributed to Midir as he woos Étaín, addressing her as Bé Find.

[A Choimdiu baíd], verse beg. ‘A Choimdiu baíd’
» In English: “Beloved Lord” » Author(s): Id:Ua Brolcháin (Máel Ísu) » Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse » Categories: Early Irish poetry Text entries » Type: early Irish lyrics
[A Choimdiu nom-choimét], verse beg. ‘A Choimdiu, nom-choimét’
» In English: “Lord, guard me” » Author(s): Id:Ua Brolcháin (Máel Ísu) » Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse » Categories: Early Irish poetry Text entries » Type: early Irish lyrics
[A Dé dúlig, atat-teoch], verse beg. ‘A Dé dúlig, atat-teoch’
» In English: “O God the creator, I implore you” » Author(s): Id:Airbertach mac Cosse Dobráin » Language(s): Middle Irish » Stanzas: 50 st. » Categories: Early Irish poetry Text entries » Type: early Irish lyrics Subject:Irish prayers and hymns
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Poem on the psalms and other religious matters

[A Maire mín maithingen], verse beg. ‘A Maire mín, maith-ingen’
» In English: “Gentle Mary, good maiden” » Ascribed author(s): Id:Colum Cille » Language(s): Middle Irish » Form: verse » Categories: Early Irish poetry Text entries » Type: early Irish lyrics Subject:Irish prayers and hymns
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Middle Irish litany (16 qq) attributed to Colum Cille


... other early Irish lyrics

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