A Poem in Praise of St. Patrick

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This paper consists of an edition of the poem beginning ‘Pátraicc Macha mártai Gaídil’ and is accompanied by a translation, commentary and notes. It survives in a single manuscript copy RIA B.iv.2, f.143 written between 1627/8 by Mícheál Ó Cléirigh.1 It has been edited once previously by Kuno Meyer who presented it as ‘an Old-Irish poem on St. Patrick’ (1907a). Hisedition consists of a semi-diplomatic text without translation or commentary, and a handful of footnotes detailing his emendments to the manuscript readings. J.F. Kenney categorised the poem as one of a number of ‘Minor texts relating to Patrick’ (1929: 348-9)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeangeolaíocht na Gaeilge XIII
EditorsAilbhe Ó Corráin, Malachy Ó Néill
Place of PublicationSweden
PublisherUppsala Universitet
ISBN (Print)9789150624380
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2014


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