("The Book of the Taking
(with some variant readings readings from the Book of Formoy)
Irish Texts Society
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1. In principio fecit
Deus Cawlum et Terram, i.e., God made Heaven and
Earth at the first, [and He Himself hath no beginning nor ending].
2. He made first the formless mass, and the light of angels, [on the
Sunday]. He made firmament [on the Monday]. He made earth and
seas [on the Tuesday]. He made sun and moon and the stars of
Heaven [on the Wednesday]. He made birds [of the air] and reptiles
[of the sea on the Thursday]. He made beasts [of the earth] in
general, and Adam to rule over them, [on the Friday]. Thereafter God
rested [on the Saturday] from the accomplishment of a new Creation,
[but by no means from its governance].
3. [Thereafter] He gave the bailiffry of Heaven to Lucifer, with the
orders of the Angels of Heaven. He gave the bailiffry of Earth to
Adam [and to Eve, with her progeny]. [Thereafter] Lucifer sinned, so
that he was leader of a third of the host of angels. The King
him with a third of the host of angels in his company, in Hell. And
God said unto the Foe of Heaven: [Haughty is this Lucifer], unite et
confundamus consilium eius.
4. Thereafter Lucifer had envy against Adam, for he was assured that
would be given him [Adam], the filling of Heaven in his [Lucifer's]
room. Wherefore he [Iofer Niger] came in the form of the serpent,
persuaded [Adam and] Eve to sin, in the matter of eating of the
from the forbidden tree. Wherefore Adam was expelled from Paradise
into common earth.
5. Thereafter the Lord came to them, and He said unto Adam, Terra es
in terram ibis [i.e., of earth was he made and into earth shall he
In sudore uultus fui comedes panem tuum [i.e., he shall not obtain
satisfaction without labor]. He said further unto the woman: Cum
dolore et gemitu paries filios tuos et filias tuas [i.e., it shall
... insufferable pain that thou shalt bring forth thy sons].
6. The progeny of Adam sinned [thereafter], namely the elder of the
of Adam, Cain the accursed, who slew his brother Abel ... [through
jealousy?] and through his greed, with the bone of a camel, as
men say. [In this manner?] began the kin-murders of the world.
7. As for Seth, one of the three sons of Adam [who had progeny], of
are the men of the whole world.
Noe s. Lamech s. Mathusalem s. Enoch s. Iared s.
Malalahel s. Cainan s. Enos s. Seth s. Adam
For it is Noe who is the second Adam, to whom the men of all the
world are traced. For the Flood drowned the whole seed of Adam,
except Noe with his three sons, Sem, Ham, Iafeth, and their four
Coba, Olla, Oliva, Olivana.
Afterwards, when God brought a Flood over the whole world, none of
the people of the world escaped from the Flood except it be the
of that ark - Noe with his three sons, and the wife of Noe, the
of his sons.
Ut dixit poeta,
A host that a wintry death would not subdue
Noe, there was no hero's weakness,
A story with horror has been made clear with
Sem, Ham, and Iafeth.
Women without evil colour, great excellences,
above the Flood without extinctions,
Coba, vigorous was the white swan,
Olla, Oliva, Olivana.
8. Now Sem settled in Asia, Ham in Africa, Iafeth in Europe -
Sem settled in pleasant Asia;
Ham with his progeny in Africa noble Iafeth and his
sons, it is they who settled in Europe.
Sem had thirty sons, including Arfaxad, Assur, and Persius. Ham had
thirty sons, including Chus and Chanaan. Iafeth had fifteen
Dannai, Gregus, Hispanius, Gomer. Or it is twenty-seven sons that
Thirty sleek sons, a brilliant fact,
they sprang from Ham, son of Noe
twenty-seven who are from Sem,
and fifteen from Iafeth.
9. [With regard to] Iafeth [son of Noe], of him is the northern side
- namely Asia Minor, Armenia, Media, the People of Scythia; and of
are the inhabitants of all Europe.
Grecus s. Iafeth, of him is Grecia Magna, Grecia Parva and
Alexandian Greece. Espanus s. Iafeth from whom are the Hispani.
Gomer son of Iafeth had two sons, Emoth and Ibath. Emoth, of
him is the northern people of the world. Ibath had two sons,
Bodb and Baath. Bodb, who had a son Dohe.
Elinus son of Dohe had three sons, Airmen, Negua, Isacon. As for
Airmen, he had five sons, Gutus, Cebidus, Uiligothus, Burgundus,
Longbardus. Negua had three sons, Saxus, Boarus, Uandalus. Isacon,
moreover, one of the three sons of Elenus, he had four sons, Romanus,
Francus, Britus, Albanus.
This is that Albanus who first took Albania, with his children, and
him is Alba named: so he drove his brother across the Sea of Icht,
and from him are the Albanians of Latium of Italy.
10. Magog, son of Iafeth, of his progeny are the peoples who came to
Ireland before the Gaedil: to wit Partholan s. Sera s. Sru s. Esru
Bimbend (sic) s. Magog s. Iafeth; and Nemed s. Agnomain s. Pamp s.
s. Sera s. Sru; and the progeny of Nemed, the Gaileoin, Fir Domnann,
Fir Bolg and Tuatha De Danann. As the poet said,
Magog son if Iafeth there is cerainty of his progeny; of them
was Parthalon of Banba -decorous was his achievement.
Of them was noble Nemed son of Agnomain, unique; of them
were Gand and Genand, Sengand, free Slaine.
The numerous progeny of Elada, of them was Bres, no untruth:
son of Elada expert in arms, son of Delbaeth son of Net.
S. Inda, s. Allda -Allda who was s. Tat, s. Tabarn s. Enda, s.
Baath, [son of] pleasant Ibath.
S. Bethach s. Iardan s. Nemed grandson of Paimp: Pamp s. Tat
s. Sera s. Sru s. white Braiment.
Of Braiment s. Aithecht, s. Magog, great in reknown: there
happened in their time a joint appearance against a Plain.
11. Baath, [one of the two sons of Ibath] s. Gomer s. Iafeth, of him
Gaedil and the people of Scythia. He had a son, the noble
eminent man whose name was Feinus Farsaid. [It is he who was one of
the seventy-two chieftains who went for the building of Nemrod's
Tower, whence the languages were dispersed.]
Howbeit, Nemrod himself was son of Cush s. Ham s. Noe. This is
that Feinius aforesaid who brought the People's Speech from the
Tower: and it is he who had the great school, learning the
multiplicity of languages.
12. Now Feinius had two sons: Nenual, [one of the two] whom he left
princedom of Scythia behind him; Nel, the other son, at the Tower
he born. Now he was a master of all the languages; wherefore one
came [to summon him] from pharao, in order to learn the multiplicity
languages from him. But Feinius came out of Asia to Scythia, whence
he had gone for the building of the Tower; so that he died in the
princedom of Scythia, at the end of forty years, and passed on the
chieftainship to his son, Nenual.
13, At the end of forty two years after the building of the Tower,
son of Belus took the kingship of the world. For no other attempted
to exercise authority over the peoples or to bring the multitude of
nations under one had, and under tax and tribute, but he alone.
Aforetime there had been chieftains; he who was noblest and most in
favour in the community, he it was who was chief counsellor for
man: who should avert all injustice and further all justice. No
attempt was made to invade or to dominate other nations.
14. Now that is the time when Gaedel Glas, [from whom are the Gaedil]
born, of Scota d. Pharao. From her are the Scots named, ut dictum
Feni are named from Feinius a meaning without secretiveness:
Gaedil from comely Gaedel Glas, Scots from Scota.
15, It is Gaedel Glas who fashioned the Gaelic language out of the
two languages: there are their names, Bithynian, Scythian, etc.
The languages of the world, see for yourselves Bithynia,
Scythia, Cilicia, Hyreania, Gothia, Graecia, Germania, Gallia with
horror, Pentapolis, Phrygia, Palmatia, Dardania.
Pamphylia, Mauretania, populous Lycaonia, Bacctria, Creta,
Corsica, Cypros Thessalia, Cappadocia, noble Armenia, Raetia,
Sicilia, Saracen-land, Sardinia.
Belgia, Boeotia, Brittania, tuneful Rhodos, Hispania, Roma,
Rhegini, Phoenicia, India, golden Arabia, Mygdonia, Mazaca,
Parthia, Caria, Syria, Saxones, Athenae, Achaia, Albania,
Hebraei, Arcadia, clear Galatia, Troas, Thessalia, Cyclades.
Moesia, Media, Persida, Franci, Cyrene, Lacedaemonia,
Langobardi, Thracia, Numidia, Hellas (?) - hear it! Lofty Italia,
That is the tally of languages without tarnish out of which
Gaedel cut Gaedelic: known to me is their roll of
understanding, the groups, the manifold languages.
16. Now Sru s. Esru s. Gaedel, he it is who was chieftain for the
went out of Egypt after Pharao was drowned [with his host in the Red
Sea of Israel]: Seven hundred and seventy years from the Flood till
Four hundred and forty years from that time in which Pharao was
drowned, and after Sru s. Esru came out of Egypt, till the time when
the sons of Mil came into Ireland, to wit, Eber and Eremon:
whereanent [one] said -
Forty and four hundred of years - it is no falsehood -from
when the people of God came, be ye certain over the surface
of Mare Rubrum, till they landed in Scene from the clear sea,
they, the Sons of Mil, in the land of Ireland.
17. Four ships' companies strong went Sru out of Egypt. There were
twenty-four wedded couples and three hirelings for every ship. Sru
and his son Eber Scot, they were the chieftains of the expedition.
is then that Nenual s. Baath s. Nenual s. Feinius Farsaid, prince of
Scythia, died: and] Sru also died immediately after reaching
18. Eber Scot took [by force] the kingship of Scythia from the
progeny of Nenual, till he fell at the hands of Noemius s. Nenual.
There was a contention between Noemius and Boamain s. Eber Scot.
Boamain took the kingship till he fell at the hands of Noemius.
Noemius took the princedom till he fell at the hands of Ogamain s.
Boamain in vengeance for this father. Ogamain took the kingship till
he died. Refill s. Noemius took the kingship till he fell at the
Tat s. Ogamain. Thereafter Tat fell at the hands of Refloir s.
Thereafter there was a contention for the princedom between Refloir
[grandson of Noemius and Agnomain s. Tat, until Refloir fell at the
hands of Agnomain.
19, For that reason was the seed of Gaedil driven forth upon the
sea, to wit
Agnomain and Lamfhind his son, so that they were seven years on the
sea, skirting the world on the north side. More than can be reckoned
are the hardships which they suffered. [The reason why the name
Lamfhind was given to the son of Agnomain was, because not greater
was the radiance of candles than his hands, at the towing.] They had
three ships with a coupling between them, that none of them should
move away from the rest. They had three chieftains after the death
Agnomain on the surface of the great Caspian Sea, Lamfhind and Allot
and Caicher the druid.
20. It is Caicher the druid who gave the remedy to them, when the
Siren was making melody to them: sleep was overcoming them at
the music. This is the remedy which Caicher found for them, to melt
wax in their ears. It is Caicher who spoke to them, when the great
wind drove them into the Ocean, so that they suffered much with
hunger and thirst there: till at the end of a week they reached the
great promontory which is northward from the Rhipaean Mountain, and
in that promontory they found a spring with the taste of wine, and
they feasted there, and were three days and three nights asleep
But Caicher the druid said: Rise, said he, we shalal not rest until
reach Ireland. What place is that 'Ireland' said Lamfhind s.
Further than Scythia is it, said Caicher. It is not ourselves who
reach it, but our children, at the end of three hundred years from
21. Thereafter they settled in the Macotic Marshes, and there a son
born to Lamfhind, Eber Glunfhind: [white marks which were on his
knees]. He it is who was chieftain after his father. His grandson
Febri [Glunfhind (Sic)]. His grandson was Nuadu.
22. Brath s. Death s. Ercha s. Allot s. Nuadu s. Nenual s. Febri
Glas s. Agni
find s. Eber Glunfhind s. Lamfhind s. Agnomain s. Tat s. Agnomain s.
Boamain s. Eber Scot s. Sru s. Esru s. Gaedel Glas s. Nel s. Feinius
It is that Brath who came out of the Marshes along the Torrian Sea
Crete and to Sicily. They reached spain thereafter. They took Spain
23. As for Agnomain s. Tat, he is the leader of the Gaedil who came
Scythia. He had two sons, Lamfhind and Allot. Lamfhind had one son,
Eber Glunfhind. Allot had a son, Eber Dub, at the same time as the
sojourn in the Marshes. They had two grandsons in joint rule,
Toithecht s. Tetrech s. Eber Dub, and Nenual s. Febri s. Agni s.
Glunfhind; there was also Soithecht s. Mantan s. Caicher.
Ucce and Occe, two sons of Allot s. Nenual s. Nemed s. Allot s.
s. Toithecht s. Tetrech s. Eber Dub s. Allot.
24. Four ships' companies strong came the Gaedil to Spain: in every
fourteen wedded couples and seven unwed hirelings. Brath, a ship's
company. Ucce and Occe, two ships' companies: [Two brethren were
they, the sons of Allot s. Nenual s. Nemed s. Allot s. Ogamain],
[s. Caicher the druid s. Ercha s. (Coemthecht)] a ship's company. So
they broke three battles after going into Spain: a battle against
Tuscans, a battle against the Langobardi, and a battle against the
Barchu. But there came a plague upon them, and four and twenty of
their number died, including Occe and Ucce. Out of the two ships
none escaped, save twice five men, including En s. Occe and Un s.
25. Brath had a good son named Breogan, by whom was built the Tower
the city - Braganza was the city's name. From Breogan's Tower it was
that Ireland was seen; an evening of a day of winter Ith s. Breogan
saw it. Unde Gilla Coemain cecinit -
Gaedel Glas, of whom ar the Gaedil, son was he of Nel, with
store of wealth: he was mighty west and east, Nel, son of
Feinius had two sons - I speak truth -Nel our father and
Nenual, Nel was born at the Tower in the east, Nenual in
Scythia, bright as a shield.
After Feinius, the hero of ocean, there was great envy
between the brethren: Nel slew Nenual, who was not gentle;
the High King was expelled.
He went into Egypt through valour till he reached powerful
Pharao; till he bestowed Scota, of no scanty beauty, the
modest, nimble daughter of pharao.
Scota bore a son to noble Nel, from whom was born a perfect
great race: Gaedel Glas was the name of the man -green were
his arms and his vesture.
Fierce Esru was son to him, who was a Lord with heavy arms:
the son of Esru, Sru of the ancient hosts to whom was meet
all the fame attributed to him.
Sru son of Esru son of Gaedel, our ancestor, rejoicing in
troops, he it is who went northward to his house, over the
surface of the red Mare Rubrum.
The crews of four ships were the tale of his host along the
red Mare Rubrum: in his house of planks, we may say, twenty-
four wedded couples.
The prince of Scythia, it ws a clear fact, the youth whose
name was Nenual, it is then he died yonder in his house -
when the Gaedil arrived.
Eber Scot of the heroes assumed [the kingdom] over the
progeny of Nenual unashamed, till he fell, with no gentle
kindness, at the hands of Noemius son of Nenual.
The strong son of Eber thereafter, who had the name Boamain,
of perfect purity, to the shore of the Caspian Sea was he
king, till he fell by the hand of Noemius.
Noemius son of Nenual of the strength settled in Scythia,
chequered like a shield: the perfect fair prince fell by the
hand of Ogamain son of Boamain.
Thereafter Ogamain was prince after Noemius of good strength:
till he died in his territory, unchurched: after him Refill was
Thereafter Refill fell by the hand of Tait son of Ogmain: Tait
fell, though he was not feeble,' by the hand of Refloir son to
Refloir and Agnomain without blemish, seven years were they
in contention, till Refloir fell with tumult by the victorious
hand of Agnomain.
Noinel and Refill with a [spear] point two sons of Refloir son
of Refill, they drove Agnomain out over the raging sea, great
Good were the chieftains, it was sufficient, who came out of
Scythia; Agnomain, Eber without blemish, the two sons of Tait
son of Ogamain.
Allot, Lamfhind of the green hand, conspicuous the two sons of
very bright Agnomain, Caicher and Cing, fame with victory the
two good sons of Eber of the red-steed.
The number of their ships, three ships coming over heavy
waves; three score [the crew] of every ship, a clear saying,
and women every third score.
Agnomain died, it was no reproach in the islands of the great
Caspian Sea. The place where they were for a year they found
They reached the full Libyan Sea, a sailing of six complete
summer days; Glas son of Agnomain, who was not dspicable,
died there in Cercina.
A fair island found they there on the Libyan Sea of warrior-
blades: a season over a year, with fame, their sojourn in that
They sail on the sea, a brilliant fact both by day and by
night: the sheen of the hands of lustrous Lamfhind was like to
Four chieftains had they who were not despicable, after
coming over the Libyan Sea: Allot, Lamfhind wsift over the
ocean, Cing and his brother Caicher.
Caicher found a remedy for them yonder for the melody of the
Sirens: this is the remedy that fair Caicher found, to melt wax
in their ears.
They found a spring and a land at the Rhipaean headland with
great might, having the taste of wine thereafter: their thirst
overcame them mightily.
Soundly, soundly they slept to the end of three days without
sorrow, till Caicher the faithful druid wakened the noble men
It is Caicher, (a brilliant fulfilment!) who made a prophecy to
them, at the Rhipaean Mountains with a headland -"We have no
rest until Ireland."
"In what place is lofty Ireland?" said Lamfhind the violent
warrior. "Very far" said Caicher then, "It is not we who reach
it, but our children."
They advanced in their battalion with venom, southward past
the Rhipaean headlands; the progeny of Gaedel, with purity,
they landed at the Marshes.
A glorious son was born there to Lamfhind son of Agnomain;
Eber Glunfhind, pure the gryphon, the curl-haired grandfather
The family of Gaedel, the brisk and white, were three hundred
years in that land: they dwelt there thenceforward, until Brath
the victorious came.
Brath, the noble son of Faithful Death came to Crete, to Sicily,
the crew of four ships of a safe sailing, right-hand to Europe,
on to Spain.
Occe and Ucce without blemish, the two sons of Allot son of
Nenual; Mantan son of Caicher, faithful Brath, they were the
Fourteen men with their wives made the crew for every ship
full of warriors, and six noble hirelings; they won three
battles in Spain.
Lofty the first battle - I shall not conceal it -which they won
against the host of the Tuscans; a battle against tyhe Bachra
with violence, and a battle against the Langobardi.
It was after the sinister battle that there came to them a
plague of one day: the people of the ships of the sons of Allot
without fault were all dead except ten persons.
Un and En came out of it, two noble sons of the strong
chieftains: thereafter was Bregon born, father of Bile the
strong and raging.
He broke a great number of fights and battles against the
many-coloured host of Spain: Bregon of the shouts of valorous
deeds, of the combats, by him was built Brigantia.
Bregon son of Brath, gentle and good, he had a son, Mil: the
seven sons of Mil - good their host -including Eber and
Along with Dond, and Airech with battle, including Ir, along
with Arannan, including Armorgen with bright countenance,
and along with Colptha of the sword.
The ten sons of Bregon without falsehood, Brega, Fuat, and
Murthemne, Cualnge, Cuala, fame though it were, Ebleo, Nar,
Ith, and Bile.
Ith son of Bregon with tuneful fame came at the first into
Ireland: he is the first of men who inhabited it, of the noble
seed of the powerful Gaedil.
26. Let us cease [at this point] from the stories of the Gaedil,
that we may
tell of the seven peoples who took Ireland before them. Cessair, d.
Bith s. Noe took it, forty days before the Flood. Partholon s. Sera
three hundred years after the Flood. Nemed s. Agnomain of the Greeks
of Scythia, at the end of thirty years after Partholon. The Fir Bolg
thereafter. The Fir Domnann thereafter. The Gailioin thereafter
along with them]. The Tuatha De Danann thereafter. [The sons of Mil
thereafter as Fintan said]. Unde Fintan cecinit,
Ireland - whatever is asked of me I know pleasantly, Every
taking that took her from the beginning of the tuneful world.
Cessair came from the East, the woman was daughter of Bith;
with her fifty maidens, with her three men.
Flood overtook Bith in his Mountain, it is no secret; Ladra in
Ard Ladrand, Cessair in her Nook.
But as for me, He buried me, the Son of God, above [the]
company; He snatched the Flood from me above heavy Tul
I had a year under the Flood in strong Tul Tuinde; I found
nothing for my sustenance, an unbroken sleep were best.
I was in Ireland here, my journey was everlasting, till
Partholon reached her, from the East, from the land of Greeks.
I was here in Ireland and Ireland was desert, till the son of
Agnomain reached Nemed, brilliant his fashion.
The Fir Bolg and Fir Gailian came, it was long ago; the Fir
Domnann came, they landed on a headland in the west.
Thereafter the Tuath De came, in their masses of fog, so that
there was sustenance for me though it was a long lifetime.
The sons of Mil came from Spain, from the south, so that there
was sustenance for me at their hands, though they were
strong in battle.
A long life fell to my lot, I shall not conceal it; till Faith
overtook me from the King of Heaven of clouds.
I am Fintan the white son of Bochna, I shall noot conceal it;
after the Flood here I am a noble great sage.
27. Incipit de The Takings of Ireland. Thereafter Cessair daughter
Bith s. Noe took it, ut poeta dixit, forty days before the Flood.
This is the reason for her coming, fleeing from the Flood: for Noe
unto them: Rise, said he [and go] to the western edge of the world;
perchance the Flood may not reach it.
28. The crew of three ships arrived at Dun na mRarc in the territory
Corco Daibne. Two of the ships were wrecked. Cessair with the crew
of her ship escaped, fifty women and three men: Bith s. Noe, of whom
is Sliab Betha (named) - there was he buried, in the great
of Sliab Betha; Ladra the pilot, of whom is Ard Ladrand - he is the
firsst dead man who went under the soil of Ireland; Fintan s. Bochra,
of whom is "Fintan's Grave" over Tul Tuinde. Cessair died in Cul
Cessrach in Connachta, with her fifty maidens.
29, These are their names, ut Fintan cecinit
A just division we shared between us, myself and Bith and
bold Ladra; for peace and for reason was it done, in the
matter of the fifty magnificent maidens.
Seventeen women I took, including Cessair -Lot, Luam, Mall,
Mar, Froechar, Femar, Faible, Foroll, Cipir, Torrian, Tamall,
Tam, Abba, Alla, Baichne, Sille: that is the tale which we were
Seventeen Bith took, with Bairrfhind - Sella, Della, Duib,
Addeos, Fotra, Traige, Nera, Buana, Tamall, Tanna, Nathra,
Leos, Fodarg, Rodarg, Dos, Clos: be it heard -those were our
Sixteen thereafter with Ladra: Alba, Bona, Albor, Ail, Gothiam,
German, Aithne, Inde, Rodarg, Rinne, Inchor, Ain, Irrand, Espa,
Sine, Samoll: that was our fair company.
None of the seed of Adam took Ireland before the Flood but those.
30. Now Ireland was waste [thereafter], for a space of three hundred
[or three hundred and twelve, quod uerius est] till Partholon s.
s. Sru came to it. He is the first who took Ireland after the Flood,
a Tuesday, on the fourteenth of the moon, in Inber Scene: [for three
times was Ireland taken in Inber Scene]. Of the progeny of Magog son
of Iafeth was he, [ut dixi supra]: in the sixstieth year of the age
Abraham, Partholon took Ireland.
31. Four chieftains strong came Partholon: himself and Laiglinne his
from whom is Loch Laighlinne in Ui mac Uais of Breg; Slanga and
Rudraige, the two other sons of Partholon, from whom are Sliab
and Loch Rudraige. When the grave of Rudraige was a-digging, the
lake there burst forth over the land.
32. Seven years had Partholon in Ireland when the first man of his
died, ti wit, Fea, from whom is Mag Fea; for there was he buried, in
33. In the third year thereafter, the first battle of Ireland, which
won in Slemna of Mag Itha against Cichol clapperlag of the Fomoraig.
Men with single arms and single legs they were, who joined the
34. There were seven lake bursts in Ireland in the time of Partholon:
Laighlinne in Ui mac Uais of Breg, Loch Cuan and Loch Rudraige in
Ulaid, Loch Dechet and Loch Mese and Loch Con in Connachta, and
Loch Echtra in Airgialla; for Partholon did not find more than three
lakes and nine rivers in Ireland before him - Loch Fordremain in
Mis of Mumu, Loch Lumnig on Tir Find, Loch Cera in Irrus; Aba Life,
Lui, Muad, Slicech, Samer (upon which is Ess Ruaid), Find, Modorn,
Buas, and Banna between Le and Elle. Four years before the death of
Partholon, the burst of Brena over the land.
35. Four plains were cleared by Partholon in Ireland: Mag Itha in
Mag Tuired in Connachta, Mag Li in Ui mac Uais, Mag Ladrand in Dal
nAraide. For Partholon found not more than one plain in Ireland
before him, the Old Plain [of Elta] of Edar. this is why it is
"Old Plain" for never did branch of twig of a wood grow through it.
36. And it is there that Partholon died, five thousand men and four
thousand women, of a week's plague on the kalends of May. On a
Monday plauge killed them all except one man tantum - Tuan son of
Starn son of Sera nephew of Partholon: and God fashioned him in
many forms, and that man survived alone from the time of Partholon
the time of Findian and of Colum Cille. So he narrated to them the
Takings of Ireland from the time of Cessair, the first who took, to
time. And that is Tuan son of Cairell son of Muiredach Muinderg. Of
him the history-sage sang the following song -
Ye scholars of the Plain of fair, white Conn, of the land of the
men of Fal, as I relate, what company, after the creation of
the world, first lighted upon Ireland?
Ireland before the swift Flod, as I reckon her courses,
knowing, pure-white kemps found her, including Cessair
daughter of Bith.
Bith son of Noe of the many troops, though he overcame with
a trench-achievement, he died in warlike Sliab Betha; Ladra
died in Ard Ladrann.
Fintain went on a journey of weakness, his grave was found,
it ws a leap of impetuosity; he was not in haste into the
trench of a churchyeard, but a grave over Tul Tuinde.
To Dun na mBarc for a separation-festival faring without scale
of reckoning brought them; at the stone-heap, beside a
fruitful sea Cessair died in Cul Cessrach.
Forty days full-scanty the slender and graceful troop arrived
in their ship, before the noise of the Flood they landed on a
place of the land of Ireland.
He rose on a journey for truth-deciding by the might of the
King whom he used to adore; Fintan, who was a man with
tidings for lords, for mighty ones of the earth.
Three hundred years, I boast of it, I speak through the rules
which I reckon, pleasant Ireland, I proclaim it against the
soothsayers was waste, after the Flood.
Partholon the eminent came, a royal course across an oar-
beaten sea: his quartet of heroes, fair and faithful -among
them was the free-born Slanga.
Slanga, Laiglinne the brilliant, boardlike, noble and strong was
his canoe; these were his ready trio of chieftains, along with
the lordly Rudraige.
Plains were cleared of their great wood, by him, to get near to
his dear children; Mag Itha southward, a hill of victory-head,
Mag Li of ashes, Lag Lathraind.
Seven lake-bursts, thouugh ye measure them, with renown of
name, though ye should set them forth they filled, amid the
fetter of valleys, insular Ireland in his time.
Loch Laiglinne, bold Loch Cuan, the Loch of Rudraige, (he
was) a lord without law-giving, Loch Techet, Loch Oese
abounding in mead, Loch Cou, Loch Echtra full of swans.
Over Ireland of beauty of colour, as I relate every foundation
on the fortress of Bith he found not more than three lakes
Three lakes, vast and tideless (?) and nine rivers full of
beauty: Loch Fordremain, Loch Luimnig, Findloch over the
borders of Irrus.
The river of Life, the Lee let us mention, which every druid
humms who knows diana senga; the history of the old rivers
of Ireland has demonstrated the true height of the Flood.
Muad, Slicech, Samer, thou dost name it, Buas, a flood with the
fame-likeness of a summit, Modorn, Find with fashion of a
sword-blade (?) Banna between Lee and Eille.
He died after pride, with warriors, Partholon, of the
hundredfold troop: they were cut down with possessions, with
treasures, on the Old Plain of Elta of Edar.
This is why it is the forutnate Old Plain It is God the
fashioner who caused it: over its land which the sea-mouth cut
off no root or twig of a wood was found.
His grave is there according to men of truth, Although he had
no power among saints: Silent was his sleep under resting
places which are no pilgrimage-way for our scholars.
Three hundred years, though ye should know it, over lands
secret to the exalted, had the troop, brightly tuneful and
lasting, over age-old, noble Ireland.
Men, women, boys and girls, on the calends of May, a great
hindrance, the plaguing of Partholon in Mag Breg was no
unbroken summer-apportionment of peace.
It was thirty lean years that she was empty in the face of
war-champions, after the death of her host throughout a week,
in their troops upon Mag Elta.
Let us give adoration to the King of the Elements, to the good
Head, the Fortress of our people, whose is every troop, every
generation, whose is every head, every scholarship.
I am Ua Flaind who scatters truths; an apportionment with
kings hath he chosen; may everything whatsoever he may say
be a speech of grace, may it accord with holiness, ye scholars!
37. It was the four sons of Partholon who made the first division of
in the beginning, Er, Orba, Fergna, Feron. There were four men,
namesakes to them, amoung the sons of Mil, but they were not the
same. From Ath Cliath of Laigen to Ailech Neit, is the division of
From Ath Cliath to the island of Ard Nemid, is the division of Orba.
From Ailech to Ath Cliath of Medraige, is the division of Feron.
that Ath Cliath to Ailech Neit, is the division of Fergna. So that
that manner they first divided Ireland.
38. Partholon had four oxen, that is the first cattle of Ireland. Of
company was Brea, son of Senboth, by whom were a jouse, a flesh
[cauldron], and dwelling first made in Ireland. Of his company was
Samailiath, by whom were ale-drinking and suretyship first made in
Ireland. Of his company was Beoir, by whom a guesthouse was first
made in Ireland. As the poet saith
Partholon, whence he came to Ireland, reckon ye! on the day
when he reached across the sea, what was the land from which
He came from Sicily to Greece -a year's journey, with no full
falsehood: a month's sailing from Greece westward, to
From Cappadocia he journeyed, a sailing of three days to
Gothia, a sailing of a month from white Gothia, to three-
After that he reached Inis Fail, to Ireland from Spain: on
Monday, the tenth without blemish one octad took Ireland.
He is the first man who took his wife in the time of Partholon
without falsehood: Fintan, who took the woman through combat
-Aife, daughter of Partholon.
Parthlolon went out one day, to tour his profitable land: His
wife and his henchman together he leaves behind him on the
As they were in his house, the two, a wonder unheard-of, she
made an advance to the pure henchman, he made no advance
Since he made her no answer promptly the henchman,
stubborn against an evil intention, she doffs her in
desperation -an impusive action for a good woman!
The henchman rose without uncertainty, a frail thing is
humanity -and came, a saying without pleasure, with Delgnat
to share her couch.
Insolent was the prank for a pleasant henchman which Topa of
tuneful strings wrought: to go by a rough trick, a happiness
without pleasure, with Delgnat, to share her couch.
Partholon, who was a man of knowledge, had a vat of most
sweet ale: out of which none could drink aught save through a
tube of red gold.
Thirst seized them after the deed, Topa and Delgnat, according
to truth: so that their two mouths drank their two drinks (?)
in the tube.
When they did it, a couple without remorse, there came upon
them very great thirst; soon they drank a bright coal-drink,
through the gilded tube.
Partholon arrived outside, after ranging the wilderness; there
were given to him, it was a slight disturbance, his vat and his
When he took the straight tube, he perceived upon it at once,
the taste of Topa's mouth as far as this, and the taste of
A black, surly demon revealed the bad, false, unpleasant deed:
"Here is the taste of Topa's mouth" said he, "And the taste of
Then said the sound son of Sera, the man called Partholon:
"though short the time we are outside, we have the right to
complain of you."
The man smote the woman's dog with his palm - it was no
profit -he slew the hound, it was a treasure that would be
slender; so that is the first jealousy of Ireland.
Degnat answered her husband: "Not upon us is the blame,
though bitter thou thinkest my saying it, truly, but it is upon
Though evil thou thinkest my saying it to thee, Partholon, its
right shall be mine: I am the 'one before one' here, I am
innocent, recompense is my due.
Honey with a woman, milk with a cat, food with one generous,
meat with a child, a wright within and an edge[d tool] one
before one, 'tis a great risk.'
The woman will taste the thick honey, the cat will drink the
milk, the generous will bestow the pure food, the child will eat
The wright will lay hold of a tool, the one with the one will go
together: wherefore it is right to guard them well from the
That is the first adultery to be heard of made here in the
beginning: the wife of Partholon, a man of rank, to go to an
He came after the henchman and slew him with anger: to him
there came not the help of God upon the Weir of the Kin-
The place where that was done, after its fashioning certainty -
great is its sweetness that was there of a day in the land of
And that, without deceit, is the first judgement in Ireland so
that thence, with very noble judgement, is "the right of his
wife against Partholon."
Seventeen years had they thereafter, till there came the death
of that man; the battle of Mag Itha of the combats was one of
the deeds of Partholon.
Further of the voyaging of Partholon -
Good was the great company that Partholon had: maidens and
active youths, chieftains and champions. '
Totacht and strong Tarba, Eochar and Aithechbel, Cuaille,
Dorcha, Dam, the seven chief ploughmen of Partholon.
Liac and Lecmag with colour, Imar and Etrigi, the four oxen, a
proper group, who ploughed the land of Partholon.
Beoir was the name of the man, with his nobles and with his
people, who suffered a guest in his firm house, the first in
By that Brea son of Senboth a house was first, a cauldron on
fire; a feat that the pleasant Gaedil desert not, dwelling in
By Samaliliath were known ale-drinking and surety-ship: by
him were made thereafter worship, prayer, questioning.
The three druids of Partholon of the harbours, Fiss, Eolas,
Eochmarc: the names of his three chamions further, Milchu,
The names of the ten noble daughters whom Partholon had,
and the names of his ten sons-in-law I have aside, it is a full
Aife, Aine, lofty Adnad, Macha, Mucha, Melepard, Glas and
Grenach, Auach and Achanach.
Aidbli, Bomnad and Ban, Caertin, Echtach, Athchosan, Lucraid,
Ligair, Lugaid the warrior, Gerber who was not vain of word.
Beothach, Iarbonel, Fergus, Art, Corb, who followed (?) without
sin, Sobairche, active Dobairche, were the five chieftains of
Nemed, good in strength.
Bacorb Ladra, who was a sound sage, he was Partholon's man
of learning: he is the first man, without uncertainty, who made
hospitality at the first.
Where they ploughed in the west was at Dun FInntain, though
it was very far: and they grazed grass of resting in the east
of Mag Sanais.
Bibal and Babal the white, were Partholon's two merchants:
Bibal brought gold hither, Babal brought cattle.
The first building of Ireland without sorrow, was made by
Partholon: the first brewing, churning, ale, a course with
grace, at first, in good and lofty Ireland.
Rimad was the firm tall-ploughman, Tairle the general head-
ploughamn: Fodbach was the share, no fiction is that, and
Fetain the coulter.
Broken was the name of the man, it was perfect, who first
wrought hidden shamefulness: it waas destroyed with a
scattering that was not evil, Partholon thought this to be
So these are the tidings of the first Taking of Ireland after
39. Now Ireland was waste thereafter, for a space of thirty years
Partholon, till Nemed son of Agnomain of the Greeks of Scythia came
thither, with his four chieftains; [they were the four sons of Nemed].
Forty-four ships had he on the Caspian Sea for a year and a half,
his ship alone reached Ireland. These are the four chieftains, Starn,
Iarbonel the Soothsayer, Annind, and Fergus Red-Side: they were the
four sons of Nemed.
40. There were four lake-bursts in Ireland in the time of Nemed:
in Ui Niallain, Loch Munremair in Luigne, Loch Dairbrech, Loch
in Meath. When his grave [of Annind son of Nemed] was being dug
and he was a-burying, there the lake burst over the land.
41, It is Nemed who won the battle of Ros Fraechain against Gand and
Sengand, two kings of the Fomoraig, and the twain were slain there.
Two royal forts were dug by Nemed in Ireland, Raith Chimbaith in
Semne, Raith Chindeich in Ui Niallain. The four sons of Matan
Munremar dug Raith Cindeich in one day: namely, Boc, Roboc, Ruibne,
and Rotan. They were slain before the morrow in Daire Lige by Nemed,
lest they should improve upon the digging.
42. Twelve plains were cleared by Nemed in Ireland: Mag Cera, Mag
Mag Cuile Tolaid, and Mag Luirg in Connachta: Mag Seired in Tethba;
Mag Tochair in Tir Eogain; Mag Selmne in Araide; Mag Macha in
Airgialla; Mag Muirthemne in Brega; Mag Bernsa in Laighne; Leccmag
and Mag Moda in Mumu.
43. He won three battles agains the Fomoraig [or sea-rovers]: the
Badbgna in Connachta, of Cnamros in Laigne, of Murbolg in Dal Riada.
After that, Nemed died of plague in Oilean Arda Nemid in Ui Liathain.
44. The progeny of Nemed were under great oppression after his time
Ireland, at the hands of More, s. Dela and of Conand s. Febar [from
whom is the Tower of Conand named, which to-day is called Toirinis
Cetne. In it was the great fleet of the Fomoraig]. Two thirds of the
progeny, the wheat, and the milk of the people of Ireland (had to be
brought) every Samain to Mag Cetne. Wrath and sadness seized on the
men of Ireland for the burden of the tax. They all went to fight
against the Fomoraig. They had three champions, Semul s. Iarbonel
Soothsayer s. Nemed, Erglan s. Beoan s. Starn s. Nemed, Fergus Red-
Side s. Nemed. Thirty thousand on sea, other thirty thousand on
these assaulted the tower. Conand and his progeny fell.
45. So, after that capture, More son of Dela came upon the, with the
of three-score ships, and they fell in a mutual slaughter. The sea
came up over the people of Ireland, and not one of them fled from
another, so severe was the battling: none escaped but one ship, in
which there were thirty warriors. They went forth, parting from
Ireland, fleeing from the sickness and taxation: Bethach died in
Ireland of plague; his ten wives survivied him for a space of
three years. Ibath and his son Baath went into the north of the
world. Matach and Erglan and Iartach, the three sons of Beoan, went
to Dobar and Iardobar in the north of Alba.
46. Semeon went in the lands of the Greeks. His progeny increased
till they amounted to thousands. Slavery was imposed upon them by
the Greeks; they had to carry clay upon rough mountains so that
they became flowery plains. Thereafter they were weary of their
servitude, and they went in flight, five thousand strong, and made
them ships of their bags: [or, as the Quire of Druim Snechta says,
they stole the pinnaces of the king of Greece for coming therein].
Thereafter they came again into Ireland, their land of origin: that
at the end of two hundred and thirty years after Nemed. These are
their five chiefs, Gand, Genand, Rudraige, Sengand and Slaine.
47. As for Fergus Red-Side and his son, Britain Mael of whom are all
Britons in the world, they took Moin Conain and filled with their
progeny the great island, Britannia Insula: till Hengist and Horsa,
two sons of Guictglis, King of the Old Saxons, came and conquered
them: and they drove the Britons over the borders of the Island.
These are the adventures of the progeny of Nemed after the taking of
Conand's Tower: unde the Historian cecinit
Great Ireland which the Gaedil regulate, I tell some of her
concerns: Great chiefs spear-armed took her, of the proud
race of Adam.
From Adam the truly tuneful, the ruthless, to the Flood, a
tumult that was prepared, none warmed her very powerful
household except Cessair of the fifty maidens.
Except Bith and Ladru - let us relate it -Fintan, with
darkness of the land, no man found it, who revealed the
stately superiority of Ireland, before the time of the Flood.
After the Flood of secret going three hundred years,
whoso relates it, he who was a bright crown for deeds of
valour, Partholon son of Sera, comes.
Notwithstanding every stately psalm-canon, the people of
Partholon the sinner -dead was the whole tally of his
household, upon the Old Plain, in the course of a week.
Six fives of years without increase, without a guard, it was
dark obscurity, Desert was every side to the proud sea;
Not a person took it save Nemed.
Nemed with wrath (?) of them all, with store of feters and
valour, he possessed the land of the warring of hosts,
after the destruction of the other companies.
He used to effect victory without hazards, Nemed, with
pride and intelligence: the son of Agnomain with
haughtiness, although his troop was weak, it was stately.
Starn, who fell at the hands of Mac Faebuir, Iarbonel the
Soothsayer, who was joyous, Ainnind with fetters of
leather, were the three venemous chieftains of Nemed.
Nemed who paid them in the matter of securities, it was a
pestilence of fire over a death-doom; in his time, with a
great noise of rushing, there was an outburst - four lakes.
Loch Munremair, a pleasant sea, of broad-ridged, firm fury;
Loch Dairbrech over a hedge of a king (?) Loch Cal and
Vigorously there were dug by his host two forts with
strength and firmness, Raith Cindeich in which he
apportioned weapons, Raith Cimbaeith in Semne.
Cleared by him, it was a road of pleasure, twelve plains of
good eye (-prospect), Mag Cera in Connachta of mists, Mag
Moda and Mag Eba.
Strong Mag Tochair was cleansed, Leemag of the great
plain of Muma, Mag Bernsa with a mystery of great graces,
Mag Cuile Tolad, Mag Lugad.
Mag Sered of drying-up of a river, Mag Semne of lightness
of colouring, Mag Luirg of little darkness of side, Mag
Muirthemne, Mag Macha.
The routs - a work to recount them - which he broke
against the warriors of Fomoire of much sharpness; the
battle of huge Morbole of great sharpness the battle of
Badgna, and the battle of Cnamros.
In the territory of Liathan by Muma, the dark lord of
slaughter died of plague: with the rude company of clean
grass in Oilean Arda Nemid.
They were not in security as regards oppression -the
progeny which Nemed fertilised -at the hands of Conaing
with hard body and at the hands of More son of Dela.
Two-thirds of their shapely children, it was not generous
against military weakness -a lasting tax through ages of
the world -two-thirds of corn and of milk.
To hard Mag Cetna of weapons, Over Eas Ruaid of
wonderful salmon, it was prepared against help, against
feasting (?) for them, every Samain eve.
Semeon son of joyful Iardan, Fergus pure and generous,
an effort of pride, Erglan son of warlike Beoan, were the
three freemen for their hosts.
The host of Ireland with her troop came - it was steppings
of power -a warrior-band who had blood through the body,
westward to the capture of Conaing's tower.
Conaing's tower with store of plunder of a union of the
crimes of hundreds of rapine, a fortress of assembly of the
art of the rage of the Fomoire of the sea.
The men of Ireland after its capture, with the great valour
of the courses before them, of these, tidings of loss, none
escaped except thirty of the children of Nemed.
They were not at peace regarding their inheritance, that
host with great valour of despair; of the thirty noble
warriors, every chieftain went his ways.
Into the land of Greeks, the remnant of the troop went
Semeon, it was a road of happiness: with wisdom over the
pre-eminent division went Fergus into Moin Conain.
Britan Mael son of the prince free the multitude of tracks
over streams, son of Lethderg from Leemag from whom are
the Britons of the world.
Bethach under steps of forms of fame died in Ireland
according to truthfulness: his ten wives behind him,
thereafter, for a space of twenty-three years.
Hundreds sprang from Semeon, the Greeks thought them a
numerous legion: they were not accepted by the warriors
but were enslaved by the Greeks.
This was the order of the chieftains, Carrying round bags
- it was not fraught with fame -[of] clay upon a rocky
stony mountain so that it was a plain rich in flowers and
They departed with no treacherous covenant upon the
wrathful very black sea, out of the captivity of hard
fosterage with ships and with bags.
These were their names of pride, of the kings, spirited,
with agility, Gann, Genann with choice men of good
divisions, Rudraige, Sengann, Slanga.
The seed of Semeon of a row of spear-divisions, a deed of
pure will of purity of action-deeds; The Galioin, men of the
very scanty orderings, The Fir Bolg and the Fir Domnann.
Two hundred years, whoso relates it, after Nemed, lustrous
his deeds of valour, till the Fir Bolg took the tuneful land
of Ireland, from the sea-pool of ocean.
Their sending, their measuring-out, endures; they divided
into five, without religion -without a falling for their
slender-sided sept -pleasant Ireland, from Uisnech.
Let us give adoration to most righteous Christ Who hath
subdued the strongest floods; His is the world with its
generation, His is every territory, His is Ireland.
The capture of Conaing's tower with valour against Conaing
the great, son of Faebar: the men of Ireland came to it,
three brilliant chieftains with them.
Erglan son of Beoan son of Starn, Semeon son of bitter
Iardan, before exile went the warrior of the plains, the son
of Nemed, Fergus Lethderg.
Three score thousands in brilliant wise over land and over
water, that is the tally who went from home, the children
of Nemed, to the capture.
Torinis, island of the tower, the fortress of Conaing son of
Faebar; by Fegus himself, a fighting of valour, Conaing son
of Faebar fell.
More son of Dela came there, it was for a help to Conaing:
Conaing fell previously, More thought it grave tidings.
Three score ships over the sea was the tally with which
More son of Dela came; there encountered them before they
came to land, the children of Nemed with powerful
The men of all Ireland in the battle, after the coming of
the Fomoraig, the sea-surge drowned them all, except
thrice ten men.
Erglan, Matach, Iartacht the noble, the three sons of Beoan
son of Starn, white his girdle, Bethach, Britan after the
battle, Baath the glorious, and Ibath.
Bechach, Bethach, Bronal, Pal, Goirthigorn, German, Glasa,
Ceran, Gobran, Gothiam pure, Gam, Dam, Ding and Deal.
Semeon, Fortecht, bright Gosten, Grimaig, Guillius with
cleverness, Taman, Turrue, and Glas, Feb, and Feran curl-
Three tens on the tuneful sailing went afterwards from
Ireland: in three they made divisions after the capture of
Conaing's Tower in the west.
The third of Bethach the victoriuous, tuneful fame, from
Toirinis to Boinn: it is he who died in Inis Fail, two years
The third of Semeon son of noble Erglan to Belach Conglais
with horror; the third of Britan, saith Ua Flaind, from that
to Conaing's Tower.
The children of Israel on a journey at that time, out of
Egypt; and the children of Gaedel Glas, were a-voyaging to
O Christ fair, with beauty of appearance, O KIng,
apportioner of the haven of Paradise, Into Thy heaven,
famous the place, O King of the workd, mayest thou choose
48. Now as for the Fir Bolg, they brought five chieftains with them,
supra, to wit, Gann, Genann, Rudraige, Sengann, Slanga: those were
the fivce sons of Dela. Their fivce wives next, Anust, Liber, Cnucha,
Fuat, Etar: [unde dicitur]
Fuat, wife of Slanga, you do not think it crooked, Etar
wife to Gann with valour, Anust wife of Sengann of the
spears, Cnucha who was wife of pure Genann.
Liber wife of Rudraige of the Road, a people sweet, that
was not narrow: Rudraige, master of wiles, I suppose, Fuat
was his wife.
49. The Fir Bolg separated into three. With Slanga s. Dela s. Loth
[landed] in Inber Slaine: his Fifth is from Inber Colptha to Comar
nUisce; a thousand men his tally. The second third landed in Inber
Dubglaisi with Gann and Sengann: two thousand were their tally, Gann
from Comar Tri nUisce to Belach Conglais, Sengann from Belach
to Luimneach - that is, over the two Fifths of Mumu. Genann and
Rudraige with a third of the host, they landed in Inber Domnann:
[whence they are called Fir Domnann}. Genann it is who was king over
the Fifth of Medb and Ailell; Rudraige over the Fifth of Conchobor -
other two thousand were his tally. Those are the Fir Bolg, the Fir
Domnann, and the Gailioin.
As to the Fir Domnann, the creek takes its name from them. The Fir
Bolg - they were named from their bags. The Gailioin, from the
multitude of their javelins were they named.
They made one Taking and one princedom, for they were five brethren,
the five sons of Dela s. Loth. And in one week they took Ireland,
[though the days were different]. On Saturday, the kalends of
Slanga landed in Inber Slaine. On Tuesday Gann and Sengann landed.
On Friday Genann and Rudraige landed: and thus is it one Taking,
though they were differently styled. The Gaileoin, from Slanga were
they named. From Gann and Sengann were the Fir Bolg named. The
Fir Domnann were named from deepening the earth: they were Genann
and Rudraige with their followers. For they are all called Fir Bolg,
and thirty-seven years was the length of their Lordship over
The five sons of Dela were the five kings of the Fir Bolg, i.e.,
Genann, Rudraige, Sengann, Slaine.
50. [Now these men, the Fir Bolg, were the progeny of Dela.] Slanga
the eldest, s. Dela s. Loth s. Oirthet, s. Tribuat s. Gothorb s.
Fortech s. Semeon s. Erglan s. Beoan s. Starn s. Nemed s. Agnomain.
No king took, who was called "of Ireland," till the Fir Bolg came.
Nine kings of them took Ireland. Slanga, one year - it is he who
of the Fir Bolg in Ireland at the first. Rudraige, two years, till
died in Brug Bratruad. Gann and Genann, four years, till they died
plague in Fremaind. Sengann, five years, till he fell at the hands
Rindail s. Genann s. Dela. Rindail, six years, till he fell at the
of Fodbgenid s. Sengann s. Dela in Eba Coirpre. Fodbgen, four years,
till he fell in Mag Muirthemne at the hands of Eochu s. Rindail s.
Genann s. Dela. Eochu son of Erc, ten years. There was no wetting in
his time, save only dew: there was no year without harvest.
Falsehoods were expelled from Ireland in his time. By him was
executed the law of justice in Ireland for the fist time. Eochu son
Erc fell at the hands of three sons of Nemed s. Badra: he is the
king of Ireland who received his death-wound in Ireland. [Unde Colum
Cille cecinit "Dean moresnis a mic,"etc.]
51. The Fir Bolg gave them [the Tuatha De Danann] battle upon Mag
they were a long time fighting that battle. At last it broke against
Fir Bolg, and the slaughter pressed northward, and a hundred
thousand of them were slain westward to the strand of Eochaill.
was the king Eochu overtaken, and he fell at the hands of the three
sons of Nemed. Yet the Tuatha De Danann suffered great loss in the
battle, and they left the king on the field, with his arm cut from
the leeches were seven years healing him. The Fir Bolg fell in that
battle all but a few, and they went out of Ireland in flight from
Tuatha De Danann, into Ara, and Ile, and Rachra and other islands
besides. [it was they who led the Fomoraig to the second battle of
Mag Tuired]. And they were in [those islands] till the time of the
Provincials over Ireland, till the Cruithne drove them out. They
to Cairbre Nia Fer, and he gave them lands; but they were unable to
remain with him for the heaviness of the impost which he put upon
them. Thereafter they came in flight before Cairbre under the
protection of Meldb and Ailill, and these gave them lands. This is
wandering of the sons of Umor. [Oengus son of Umor was king over
them in the east], and from them are named those territories, Loch
CIme from Cime Four-Heads son of Umor, the Point of Taman in
Medraige from Taman son of Umor, the Fort of Oengus in Ara from
Oengus, the Stone-heap of Conall in Aidne from Conall, Mag Adair
Adar, Mag Asail from Asal in Mumu also. Menn son of Umor was the
poet. They were in fortresses and in islands of the sea around
Ireland in that wise, till Cu Chulaind overwhelmed them.
52. Those are the kings of the Fir Bolg and their deaths; unde poeta
The Fir Bolg were here for a season in the great island of
the sons of Mil; the five chiefs which they brought with
them from over yonder I know their names.
A year had Slanga, this is true, till he died in his fine
mound; the first man of the Fir bolg of the peaks who died
in the island of Ireland.
Two years of Rudraige the Red, till he died in Brug Brat-
ruaid, four of Genann and of Gann, till plague slew them in
Five years of Sengann - they were reposeful -till Fiachu
son of Starn slew him; five others - it was through battle
-Fiachu Cendfhindan was king.
Fiachu Cendfhindan before all, his name endures for ever;
whiteheaded all, without reproach, were the kine of Ireland
in his presence.
Till he fell at the hands of red Rindail, he got six [years]
with his free host; The grandson of Dela fell then in Eba,
at the hands of Odbgen.
Four to noble Odbgen till the battle of Murthemne of the
nobles: Odbgen died without reproach at the hands of the
son of Erc, of lofty Eochu.
Ten years to Eochu son of Erc, he found not the border-
line of weakness: till they slew him on the battlefield, the
three sons of Nemed son of Badra.
TIll Rinnal grew, there was no point at all upon a weapon
in Ireland; upon harsh javelins there was no fair-covering,
but their being rushing-sticks.
In the time of Fodbgen thereafter there came knots
through trees: the woods of Ireland down till then were
smooth and very straight.
The pleasant Tuatha De Danann brought spears with them
in their hands: with them Eochu was slain, by the seed of
Nemed of strong judgement.
The names of the three excellent sons of Nemed were
Cessarb, Luam, and Luachra: it is they who slew the first
king with a point, Eochu son of Erc, in Ireland.
Thereafter the Tuatha De fought for the Fir Bolg, it was a
rought appearance. They took away their goods and their
lordship from the Men.
53. Fintan cecinit of the division of the Provinces -
The five parts of Ireland between sea and land, I entreat
the fair candles of every province among them.
From Drobais swift and fierce, is the holy first division to
the Boyne white and vast south from white Bairche.
From the Boyne, tuneful and whitely-glowing with
hundreds of harbours To the Meeting with sound of
assembled waves of the cold Three Waters.
From that same Meeting with nimble ..... From the Bel of
the brave Cu who is called 'glas.'
From Lumnech of huge ships -broad its surface -To
Drobais of armed multitudes, pure, on which a sea
Knowledgeable prostration, pathways are related, perfection
in the matter of correction towards a road into five.
The points of those provinces to Uisnech did they lead,
Each of them out of its .... ..... till it was five.
The progeny of Semeon were all the Gaileoin and Fir Domnann. Thirty
years after Genann and Rudraige, the Tuatha De Danann came into
54. Thereafter the progeny of Bethach s. Iarbonel the Soothsayer s.
were in the northern islands of the world, learning druidry and
knowledge and prphecy and magic, till they were expert in the arts
55. So that they were the Tuatha De Danann who came to Ireland. In
wise they came, in dark clouds. They landed on the mountains of
Conmaicne Rein in Connachta; and they brought a darkness over the
sun for three days and three nights.
56. They demanded battle of kingship of the Fir Bolg. A battle was
between them, to wit the first battle of Mag Tuired, in which a
hundred thousand of the Fir Bolg fell. Thereafter they [the TDD]
the kingship of Ireland. Those are the Tuatha Dea - gods were their
men of arts, non-gods their husbandmen. They knew the incantations
of druids, and charioteers, and trappers, and cupbearers.
57. It is the Tuatha De Danann who brought with them the Great Fal,
is, the Stone of Knowledge], which was in Temair, whence Ireland
the name of "The Plain of Fal." He under whom it should utter a cry
was King of Ireland; until Cu Chulainn smote it, for it uttered no
under him nor under his fosterling, Lugaid, son of the three Finds
Emain. And from that out the stone uttered no cry save under Conn
of Temair. Then its heart flew out from it [from Temair] to Tailltin,
that is the Heart of Fal which is there. It was no chance which
caused it, but Christ's being born, which is what broke the owers of
58. Now Nuadu Airgetlam was king over the Tuatha De Danann for seven
years before their coming into Ireland, until his arm was hewn from
him in the first battle of Mag Tuired. Eidleo s. Alldai, he was the
man of the Tuatha De Danann who fell in Ireland, by the hand of
Nercon ua Semeoin, in the first battle of Mag Tuired. Ernmas, and
Echtach, and Etargal, and Fiachra, and Tuirill Piccreo fell in the
battle. Bress s. Elada took the kingship of Ireland post, to the end
seven years, till the arm of Nuadu was healed: a silver arm with
activity in every finger and every joint which Dian Cecht put upon
him, Credne helping him.
59. Tailltiu daughter of Mag Mor king of Spain, queen of the Fir
after the slaughter was inflicted upon the Fir Bolg in that first
of Mag Tuired to Coill Cuan: and the wood was cut down by her, so it
was a plain under clover-flower before the end of a year. This is
Tailtiu who was wife of Eochu son of Erc king of Ireland till the
Tuatha De Danann slew him, ut praediximus: it is he who took her
from her father, from Spain; and it is she who slept with Eochu Garb
son of Dui Dall of the Tuatha De Danann; and Cian son of Dian Cecht,
whose other name was Scal Balb, gave her his son in fosterage,
Lug, whose mother was Eithne daughter of Balar. So Tailltiu died in
Tailltiu, and her name clave thereto and her grave is from the Seat
Tailltiu north-eastward. Her games were performed every year and her
song of lamentation, by Lug. With gessa and feats of arms were they
performed, a fortnight before Lugnasad and a fortnight after: under
dicitur Lugnasad, that is, the celebration (?) or the festival of
Unde Oengus post multum tempus dicebat, "the nasad of Lug, or the
nasad of Beoan [son] of Mellan."
60. to return to the Tuatha De Danann. Nuadu Airgatlam fell in the
battle of Mag Tuired, and Macha daughter of Ernmas, at the hands of
Balar the strong-smiter. In that battle there fell Ogma s. Elada at
hands of Indech son of the De Dmnann, king of the Fomoire. Bruidne
and Casmael fell at the hands of Ochtriallach s. Indech. After the
death of Nuadu and of those men, Lug took the kingship of Ireland,
and his grandfather Balar the Strong-smiter fell at his hands, with
stone from his sling. Lug was forty years in the kingship of Ireland
after the last battle of Mag Tuired, and there were twenty-seven
between the battles.
61, Then Eochu Ollathair, the great Dagda, son of Elada, was eighty
the kingship of Ireland. His three sons were Oengus and Aed and
Cermat Coem; the three sons of Dian Cecht, Cu and Cethen and Cian.
62. Dian Cecht had three sons, Cu, Cehten and Cian. Miach was the
son though many do not reckon him. His daughter was Etan the
Poetess, and Airmed the she-leech was the other daughter: and
Coirpre, son of Etan was the poet. Crichinbel and Bruidne and
were the three satirists. Be Chuille and Dianann were the two she-
The three sons of Cermad son of The Dagda were Mac Cuill, Mac Cecht,
Mac Griene: Sethor and Tethor and Cethor were their names. Fotla
and Banba and Eriu were their three wives.
Fea and Nemaind were the two wives of Net, a quo Ailech Neit.
Flidais, of whom is the "Cattle of Flidais"; her four daughters were
Argoen and Be Chuille and Dinand and Be Theite.
The two royal oxen were Fea and Femen, of whom are the Plain of Fea
and the Plain of Femen. Those were two faithful oxen.
Torc Triath was king of the boars, from whom is Mag Treitherne.
was king of the wethers, from whom is Mag Cirba. Math son of Umor
was the druid.
Badb and Macha and Anand, of whom are the Paps of Anu in Luachar
were the three daughters of Ernmas the she-farmer.
Goibniu the smith, Luicne the carpenter, Creidne the wright, Dian
63, Delbaeth after The Dagda, ten years in the kingship of Ireland,
fell, with his son Ollom, at the hands of Caicher s. Nama, frater of
Nechtan. Fiacha s. Delbaeth took the kingship of Ireland after his
father, other ten years, till he fell, along with Ai s. Ollom, at
of Eogan Inbir. Twenty-nine years had the grandsons of The Dagda in
the kingship of Ireland, to wit Mac Cuill, Mac Cecht, and Mac
they divided Ireland into three parts. To them came the Gaedil to
Ireland, so that they fell by the hands of three sons of Mil,
Ith, Cuailnge, and Fust, of the three sons of Breogan.
64, Nuadu Airgetlam s. Echtach s. Etarlam s. Ordam s. Aldui s. Tat
s. Enda s. Baath s. Ebath s. Bethach s. Iarbonel s. Nemed s.
s. Pamp s. Tat s. Sera s. Sru s. Esru s. Braimend s. Rathacht s.
Magoth s. Iafeth s. Noe.
Neit s. Indui s. Alldui s. Tat
Fiachna s. Delbaeth s. Ogma s. Elada s. Delbaeth s. Net
Ai s. Ollam s. Delbaeth s. Ogma s. Elada.
Lug s. Cian s. Dian Cecht s. Esarg s. Net s. Indui s. Alldui, he is
first who brought chess-play and ball-play and horse-racing and
assembling into Ireland, unde quidam cecinit
Lug son of Ethliu, a cliff without a wrinkle, with him there
first came a lofty assembly: after the coming of Christ, it
is no idle proclamation Conchobar the wise and violent
Caicher and Nechtan, the two sons of Nama s. eochu Garb s. Dui Temen
s. Bres s. Delbaeth s. Net.
Siugmall s. Corpre Crom s. Eremair s. Delbaeth s. Ogma.
Oengus mac Oc nad Aed Caem and Cermait Milbel, those are the three
sons of the Dagda.
Corpre the poet s. Tuar s. Tuirell s. Cait Conaichend s. Orda s.
Galia s. Oirbsen s. Elloth s. Elada s. Delbaeth s. Net
Orbsen was the name of Manannan at first, and from him is named Loch
Orbsen in Connachta. When Manannan was being buried, it is then the
lake burst over the land, [through the burial].
The six sons of Delbaeth s. Ogma s. Elada s. Delbaeth s. Net, were
Fiachra, Ollam, Indui, Brian, Iucharba, Iuchar. Donann the daughter
the same Delbaeth was mother of the three last, Brian, Iucharba and
Iuchar. These were the three gods of Danu, from whom is named the
Mountain of the Three gods. And that Delbaeth had the name Tuirell
Tuirill s. Cait moreover was the grandfather of Corpre the poet, and
Etan d. Dian Cecht was mother of that Tuirill.
The three sons of Cermait, moreover, ut diximus; Mac Cuill - Sethor,
the hazel his god; Mac Cecht - Tethor, the ploughshare his god; Mac
Greine - Cethor, the sun his god. Fotla was wife of Mac Cecht, Banba
of Mac Cuill, Eriu of Mac Greine. Those were the three daughters of
Fiachna son of Delbaeth. Ernmas daughter of Etarlam s. Nuada
Airgetlam was mother of those three women, and mother of Fiachna and
Ernmas had other three daughters, Badb and Macha and Morrigu,
whose name was Anand. Her three sons were Glon and Gaim and Coscar.
Boind daughter of Delbaeth s. elada.
Fea and Neman, the two wives of Net s. Indiu, two daughters of
of the Brug.
Uillend s. Caicher s. Nuadu Airgetlam.
Bodb of the Mound of Femen, s. Eochu Gab s. Dui Temen s. Bres s.
Elada s. Delbaeth s. Net.
Abean s. Bec-Felmas s. Cu s. Dian Cecht, the poet of Lug.
En s. Bec-En s. Satharn s. Edleo s. Alda s. Tat s. Taburn.
At Tat s. Tabourn the choice of the Tuatha De Danann unite. Of
that the historian sang -
Ireland with pride, with weapons, hosts spread over her
ancient plain, westward to the sunset were they
plunderers, her chieftains of destruction around Temair.
Thirty years after Genand goblin hosts took the fertile
land; a blow to the vanquished People of Bags was the
visit of the Tuatha De Danann.
It is God who suffered them, though He restrained them -
they landed with horror, with lofty deed, in their cloud of
mighty combat of spectres, upon a mountain of Conmaicne
Without distinction to descerning Ireland, Without ships, a
ruthless course the truth was not known beneath the sky
of stars, whether they were of heaven or of earth.
If it were diabolic demons the black-cloaked agitating
expedition, it was sound with ranks, with hosts: if of men,
it was the proteny of Bethach.
Of men belonging to law (is) the greeborn who has the
strong seed: Bethach, a swift warrior-island (?) son of
Iarbonel son of Nemed.
They cast no assembly or justice about the place of Fal to
the sunset: there was fire and fighting at last in Mag
The Tuatha De, it was the bed of a mighty one, around the
People of Bags fought for the kingship: in their battle with
abundance of pride, troops of hundreds of thousands died.
The sons of Elada, glory of weapons, a wolf of division
against a man of plunder: Bres from the Brug of Banba of
wise utterance, Dagda, Delbaeth, and Ogma.
Eriu, though it should reach a road-end, Banba, Fotla, and
Fea, Neman of ingenious versicles, Danann, mother of the
Badb and Macha, greatness of wealth, Morrigu - springs of
craftiness, sources of bitter fighting were the three
daughters of Ernmas.
Goibniu who was not impotent in smelting, Luichtne, the
free wright Creidne, Dian Cecht, for going roads of great
healing, Mac ind Oc, Lug son of Ethliu.
Cridinbel, famous Bruinde, Be Chuille, shapely Danand,
Casmael with bardism of perfecdtion, Coirpre son of Etan,
The grandsons of the Dagda, who had a triple division (?)
divided Banba of the bugle-horns; let us tell of the
princes of excellence of hospitality, the three sons of
Cermat of Cualu.
Though Ireland was multitudes of thousands they divided
her land into thirds: great chieftains of deeds of pride,
Mac Cuill, Mac Cecht, Mac Greine.
He swept them clean from their land, did the Son of God,
from the royal plain which I make manifest: for all the
valour of their deeds, of their clear division, their seed is
not over Ireland.
It is Eochu without enchantment of leapings who fashions
the distinction of his good quatrains; but knowledge of the
warriors when he relates it, though he enumerates them,
he adores them not.
Adore ye the name of the King who measured you, who
apportions every truth which he (Eochu) narrates: who
hath released every storm which we expect, who hath
fashioned the pleasant land of Ireland.
The Tuatha De Danann under obscurity, a people without a
covenant of religion; whelps of the wood that has not
withered, people of the blood of Adam's flesh.
Nobles yonder of the strong people, people of the withered
summit, let us relate, in the course in which we are, their
periods in their kingdom.
A space of seven years oq Nuadu noble-stately over the
fair-haired compnay, the rule of the man large-breasted,
flaxen-maned, before his coming into Ireland.
In Mag Tuired, heavy with doom, where fell a champion of
the battle, from the white defender of the world -his arm
of princedom was lopped off
Seven years of Bres, which was not a white space, through
its fair prospect for the song-abbot, in the princedom over
the plain, generous in nuts, till the arm of Nuadu was
Nuadu after that twenty years, he brought the fairy-folk
a-hosting, till Lug the spear-slaughterous was made king -
the many-crafted who cooled not.
Forty to Lug - it was balanced -in the kingship over the
Palace of Banba; he reached no celestial bed of innocence;
eighty to The Dagda.
Ten years to vehement Delbaeth till one wise in course and
royal (?) arrived, faultness over the brink of the ocean -
ten other to Fiachna.
Twenty-nine years, I have proclaimed it, over every peace-
land of Ireland, in the kingdom over Banba eduringly great
had the grandons of The Dagda skilled in denseng.
Thereafter the sons of Mil came, they arrived to redden
them -children of the great hero who burst out of Spain
without growing cold.
Till the deedful Gaedil wounded them, without a troop,
through their cunning, it is not a matter of fable or of
folly that small was the weakness of the Tuatha.
Fland Mainstrech cecinit
Hearken, ye sages without sorrow, if it be your will that I
relate the deaths yonder, with astuteness, of the choie of
the Tuatha De Danann.
Edleo son of Alldai yonder, the first man of the Tuatha De
Danann who fell in virgin Ireland, by the hand of Nerchon
grandson of Semeon.
Ernams, high her valour, fell, Fiachra, Echtach, Etargal,
Tuirill Picreo of Baile Breg in the first batle of Mag
Elloth with battle fell -the father, great and rough, of
Manannan -and perfect, fair Donand, at the hands of De
Domnand of the Fomoraig.
Cethen of Cu died of horror in Aircheltra; Cian far from
his home did Brian, Iucharba dn Iuchar slay.
Of a stroke of the pure sun died Cairpre the great, son of
Etan: Etan died over the pool of sorrow for white-headed
In Mag Tuired, it was through battle Nuadu Airgetlam fell:
and Macha - that was after Samain -by the hand of Balar
Ogma fell, without being weak at the hands of Indech son
of De Domnann: breasted Casmael the good fell at the
hands of Oichtriallach son of Indech.
Now of painful plague died Dian Cecht and Goibnenn the
smith: Liughne the wright fell along with them by a strong
Creidne the pleasant artificer was drowned on the lake-sea,
the sinister pool, fetching treasures of noble gold to
Ireland from Spain.
Bress died in Carn ui Neit by the treachery of Lug, with
no fullness of falsehood: for him it was a cause of quarrel
indeed drinking bog-stuff in the guise of milk.
De Chuille and faithful Dianann, both the farmeresses died,
an evening with druidry, at the last, by gray demons of
He fell on the strand eastward in the trenches of Rath
Ailig, Did Indui the great, son of pleasant Delbaith, at the
hands of Gann, a youth bold, white-fisted.
Fea, lasting was his fame, died at the end of a month after
his slaying at the same stronghold - we think it fitting -
for sorrow for Indui the white-haired.
Boind died at the combat at the wellspring of the son of
noble Nechtan: Aine daughter of the Dagda died for the
love that she gave to Banba.
Cairpre fell - remember thou! by the hand of Nechtan son
of Nama: Nechtan fell by the poison at the hands of
Sigmall, grandson of Free Midir.
Abean son of cold Bic-felmais, the bard of Lug with full
victory, he fell by the hand of Oengus without reproach in
front of Midir of mighty deeds.
Midir son if Indui yonder fell by the hand of Elemar: fell
Elemar, fit for fight, at the hands of Oengus the perfect.
Brian, Iucharba, and Iuchar there, the three gods of the
Tuatha De Danann were slain at Mana over the bright sea
by the hand of Lug son of Ethliu.
Cermait son of the divine Dagda Lug ... (?) wounded him it
was a sorrow of grief upon the plain in the reign of Eochu
Cermat Milbel the mighty fell at the hands of harsh Lug
son of Ethliu, in jealousy about his wife, great the fashion,
concerning whom the druid lied unto him.
by the hand of Mac Cecht without affection the harper fell:
moreover Lug fell over the wave, by the hand of Mac Cuill
son of Cermat.
Aed son of The Dagda fell at the hands of Corrchend the
fair, of equal valour; without deceit, it was a desire of
strictness, after he had gone to his wife iniquitously.
Corrcend from Cruach fell -the harsh very swift champion,
by the stone which he raised on the strand over the grave
of shamefaced Aed.
Cridinbel squiting and crooked fell -the chief spell-weaver
of the Tuatha De Danann -of the gold which he found in
the idle Bann, by the hand of The Dagda, grandson of
As he came from cold Alba he, the son of The Dagda of
ruddy form, at the outlet of Boinn, over here, there was
The only son of Manannan from the bay, the first love of
the aged woman, the tender youth fell in the plain at the
hands of Idle Bennan, on the plain of Breg.
Net son of Indui and his two wives, Badb and Neman
without deceit, were slain in Ailech without blame by
Nemtuir the Red, of the Fomoraig.
Fuamnach the white (?) who was wife of Midir, Sigmall and
Bri without faults, In Bri Leith, it was full vigour, they
were burnt by Manannan.
The son of Allot fell, with valour, the rich treasure,
Manannan, in the battle in harsh Cuillend by the hand of
Uillend of the red eyebrows.
Uillend with pride fell at the hands of Mac Greine with
pure victory: the wife of the brown Dagda perished of
plague of the slope in Liathdruim.
The Dagda died of a dart of gore in the Brug - it is no
falsehood -wherewith the woman Cethlenn gave him mortal
hurt, in the great battle of Mag Tuired.
Delbaeth and his son fell at the hands of Caicher, the
noble son of Nama: Caicher fell at the idle Boinn, at the
hands of Fiachna son of Delbaeth.
Fiacha and noble Ai fell before sound Eogan of the Creek:
Eogan of the cold creek fell before Eochaid the knowing,
hard as iron.
Eochaid of knowledge fell thereafter at the hands of Ed
and of Labraid: Labraid, Oengus, Aed, fell at the hands of
Cermat of form all fair.
Eriu and Fotla with pride, Mac Greine and Banba with
victory, Mac Cuill, Mac Cecht with purity in the battle of
Temair of clear wave.
Mac Cecht at the hands of noble Eremon: Mac Cuill, of
perfect Eber: Eriu yonder, at the hands of Suirge
thereafter: Mac Greine of Amorgen.
Fotla at the hands of Etan with pride, of Caicher, Banba
with victory, Whatever the place wherein they sleep, those
are the deaths of the warriors; hear ye.
Those are the adventures of the Tuatha De Danann.
[I have been unable to locate the R1 redaction of the final section
of the Lebor Gabala Erren as published by the Irish Texts
Society. The following tract is a much later redaction by O'Clery -
but it does give the end of the tale, in which the Sons of Mil sail
to Ireland, conquer the Tuatha de Danaan and divide the
island between themselves.]
After the death of Mil, as we have said, Emer Donn and Eremon, his
two sons, took rule and chief government of Spain between
There was a father's brother of Mil, Ith son of Bregan, with them;
he was expert and accomplished in knowledge and in learning. Once
when Ith, of a clear winter's evening was on top of Bregan's Tower,
contemplating and looking over the four quarters of the world, it
seemed to him that he saw a shadow and a likeness of a land and
lofty island far away from him Me went back to his brethren, and
told them what he had seen; and said that he was mindful and
desirous of going to see the land the had appeared to him. Breg son
of Bregan said that it was no land he had seen but clouds of heaven,
and he was hindering Ith from going on that expedition. Ith did not
consent to stay, however.
Then Ith brought his ship on the sea, and came himself with his son
Lugaid son of Ith, and others of his people in it. They sailed
toward Ireland, and their adventures on sea are not related, save
only that they took harbor in Bentracht of Mag Itha. The neighbors
went to the shore to interview them, and each of them told news to
the other in the Irish language. Ith asked them the name of the land
to which he had come, and who was in authority over it. "Inis Elga,"
they said; "Mac Cuill, Mac Cecht, and Mac Greine are the names of
It happened in that day that there were many chieftains and nobles o
Ireland in Ailech Neid, making peace between Mac Cuill and his
brethren; for they said that he had an excess of the goods of
Fiachna son of Delbaeth, who had died previously. When Ith heard
that, he went with his son and with two-thirds of his people to
Ailech. The kings welcomed him when he reached the assembly, and
after he was a while among them, they told him the matter about
which they were in opposition and contention between them. And he
said to them:
"Do just righteousness. It is fitting for you to maintain a good
brotherhood. It is right for you to have a good disposition. Good is
the land and the patrimony you inhabit; plenteous her harvest, her
honey, her fish, her wheat, and her other grain. Moderate her heat
and her cold. All that is sufficient for you is in her." Then he
took farewell of them and went to his ship.
The nobles plotted to kill him, in jealousy for Ireland, and for the
testimony of praise he gave to their island; and they sent a great
number to follow him, so that he was wounded to death in Mag Itha,
and from him the plain took its name. He reached his ship wounded
and bleeding, by the valor and bravery of his people; and he died
with them in his ship on the sea.
Then they reached Spain and showed the body of Ith to his brethren,
and they were anguished and sorrowful at his dying thus. Then the
sons of Mil and the posterity of Gaedel in general thought it was
fitting and proper for them to go and avenge their brother on the
Tuatha De Danann. They decided on this at last:
they collected their warriors and their men of valor from every
place where they were, through the lands and the districts, until
they were in one place in Brigantia, numerous and fully assembled.
Then the sons of Mil, with their brethern and kinsmen, and their
people in general, brought their ships on the sea to go to Ireland
to avenge their bad welcome on the Tuatha De Danann. Three
score and five ships was the number of the expedition; forty chiefs
the number of their leaders, with Donn son of Mil at their head.
These are the names of their chiefs.
Emer Donn ,Eremon,Eber Finn, Ir, Amergin, Colptha, Airech Febra,
Erannan, Muimne, Luigne, Laigne, Palap, Er. Orba, Feron, Fergin,
Eber son if Ir, Brega, Cuala, Cooley, Blad, Fuad, Buirthemne,
Eblinne, Nar, Lugaid, Lui, Bile, Buas, Bres, Buaigne, Fulman, mantan,
Caicer, Suirge, En, Un, Etan, Sobairce, Sedga, Goisten.
To commemorate the names of those chiefs and leaders, this was said;
Flann Mainistrech (Poet died A.D.1056) composed it:
The chiefs of the voyage over the sea
By which the sons of Mil came,
I have in recollection during my life,
Their names without lie.
Donn Eremon, noble Emer,
Ir, Amergin without [partiality,
Colptha, Airech, Febra the keen,
Erannan, Muimme fine and smooth.
Luigne, Laigne, Palap the lucky,
Er. Orba Feron, Fergin,
Eber son if Ir. Brega, I shall say,
Cuala, Cualgne, Blad rough and strong.
Fuad and Muirthemne with fame,
Eblinne, Nar, Buas with battle,
Bres, Buaigne, and Fulman.
Mantan, Caicer, slender Suirge,
En, Un and rigid Etan,
Sobairce, Sedga of spears,
And Goisten the champion.
The conquered noble Ireland
Against the Tuatha De of great magic,
In vengeance for Ith of the steeds-
Thirty, ten, and one chieftain.
As for the sons of Mil, they sailed in a great expedition on the sea
to Ireland, and did not pause in the course until they saw at a
distance the island from the sea. And when they saw Ireland, their
warriors made a contention of rowing and sailing to their utmost in
their eagerness and anxiety to reach it; so that Ir son of Mil
advanced a wave before every other ship by reason of his strength
and valor. So Eber Donn son of Mil, the eldest of them, was jealous
It is no good deed
Ir before Ith to proceed-
That is before Lugaid son of Ith, for Lugaid had the name Ith. Then
the oar that was in the hand of Ir split, so that Ir fell backwards
across the thwart and broke his back there He died on the following
night, and they preserved his body so long as they were on the sea,
and buried it afterwards in Scellic of Irras Desceirt of Corco Dibne.
Sorrowful were Eremon, Eber Finn and Amergin at the death of their
brother; and they said, as it were out of one mouth, it was right
that Eber Donn should not enjoy the land about which he was envious
of his brother, that is of Ir.
The sons of Mil advanced to a landing in Inber Stainge. The Tuatha
De Danann did not allow them to come to the land there, for they had
not held parley with them. By their druidry they caused it to appear
to the sons of Mil that the region was no country or island,
territory or land at all, in front of them. They encircled Ireland
three times, till at last they took the harbor at Inber Scene; a
Thursday as regards the day of the week, on the day before the first
of May, the seventeenth day of the moon; the Year of the World 3500.
Then they came at the end of three days thereafter to Sliab Mis.
Banba met them in Sliab Mis, with the hosts of druidry and cunning.
Amergin asked her name. " Banba," said she, "and it is from my name
that Banba is given as a name for this country." And she asked a
petition from them, that her name should remain always on the
island. That was granted to her.
Then they had converse with Fodla in Eblinne, and the poet Amergin
asked her name of her in like manner. "Fodla," said she, "and from
me is the land named." And she prayed that her name might remain on
it, and it was granted to her as she requested. They held converse
with Eriu in Usnech of Mide. She said to them, "Warriors," said she,
" welcome to you. It is long since your coming is prophesied. Yours
will be the island forever. There is not better island in the world.
No race will be more perfect than your race."
"Good is that," said Anergin,
"Not to her do we give thanks for it," said Donn,
"but to our gods and to our power."
"It is naught to thee," said Eriu; "thou shat
have no gain of this island nor will thy children. A gift to me,
O sons of Mil and the children of Bregan, that my name may be
upon this island!"
"It will be its chief name for ever," said Amergin,
The Gaedels went to Tara. No Drum Cain was its name at that
time among the Tuatha De Danann, Liathdruim was its name among
the Fir Bolg. There were there kings before them in Laithdruim;
namely, Mac Cuill, Mac Cecht and Mac Greine. The sons of Mil
demanded a battle or kingship or judgment from them.
They adjudged to the sons of Mil that they should have
possession of the island to the end of nine days ,to depart, or
to submit, or to prepare for battle. "If my advice were
carried out," said Donn son of Mil, "it is a battle it
would be." The sons of Mil did not grant the respite they
sought to the Tuatha De Danann..
"We give," said the kings, "the judgment of
your own poets to you, for if they give a false judgment against
us they will die on the spot."
"Give the judgment, Amergin; "said Donn.
"Speak it," said Amergin. "Let the land be left
to them till we come again to take it by force."
"Whither shall we go?" said Eber Donn.
"Over nine waves," said Amergin; and he said this:
The men you have found are in possession:
Over the nine green-necked waves
Of the sea advance ye:
Unless by your power then be planted,
Quickly let the battle be prepared.
I assign the possession
Of the land ye have found:
If ye love concede this award,
If ye love not concede it not-
It is I that say this to you.
" If it were my counsel that were followed," said
Donn son of Mil, "battle it would be."
Nevertheless the sons of
Mil went by the advice and judgment of Amergin from Liathdruim to
Inber Scene, the place where they had left their ships, and passed
over nine waves. "Let us trust to the powers," said the druids, "
that they may never reach Ireland." With that the druids cast
druidic winds after them, so great was the story; so that the storm
took them westward in the ocean until they were weary.
"A druid's wind is
that," said Donn son of Mil. "It is indeed said Amergin, "unless it
be higher than the mast; find out for us if it be so." Erannan the
youngest son of Mil went up the mast, and said that it was not over
them. With that he fell on the planks of the ship from the mast, so
that they shattered his limbs.
"A shame to our men of learning is it," said Donn, "not to suppress
the druidic wind."
"No shame it shall be," said Amergin, rising up; and he said:
I invoke the land of Ireland.
Much-coursed be the fertile sea,
Fertile be the fruit-strewn mountain,
Fruit-strewn be the showery wood,
Showery be the river of water-falls,
Of water-falls be the lake of deep pools,
Deep pooled be the hill-top well,
A well of the tribes be the assembly,
An assembly of the kings be Tara,
Tara be the hill of the tribes,
The tribes of the sons of Mil,
Of mil be the ships the barks,
Let the lofty bark be Ireland,
Lofty Ireland Darkly sung,
An incantation of great cunning;
The great cunning of the wives of Bres,
The wives of Bres of Buaigne;
The great lady Ireland,
Eremon hath conquered her,
Ir, Eber have invoked for her.
I invoke the land of Ireland.
Immediately a tranquil calm came to them on the sea. Said Donn, "I
will put under the edge of spears and swords the warriors that are
in the land now, only let me land." The wind increased on them
thereupon, so that it separated from them the ship in which was Donn;
and he was drowned at the Dumacha. Twenty-four warriors of valor,
twelve women, and four mercenaries, with their folk are the number
that were drowned with Donn in that ship. After that Donn was buried
in the Dumacha; so that from him "Tech Duin" is called, and there is
his own gravemound and the gravemound of everyone who was drowned of
the chieftains of his people with him, in that place. Now Dil
daughter of Mil, Eremon buried her, " for the love he had for her,
so that he said in putting a sod on her, " This is a sod on a "dear
one" (dil)"said he. These are the chieftains who were drowned with
Donn at that time: Bile son of Brige, Airech Febra, Buss, Bres, and
Ir was buried in Scellic
of Irras, as we have said above, Erannan died in the creek after
going to contemplate the wind, and after breaking his bones on the
deck. Eight chieftains were their losses among their nobles up to
In the night in which the sons of Mil came to Ireland was the burst
of Loch Luigdech over the land in West Munster. When Lugaid son of
Ith was bathing in the lake and Fial daughter of Mil his wife was
bathing in the river that flows out of the lake, Lugaid went to the
place where was the woman, he being naked; and when she looked on
him thus she died of shame at once, and from her is named the river
with its creek. Downcast was Lugaid after the woman's death, so that
Sit we here over the strand,
Stormy the cold;
Chattering in my teeth,--a great tragedy
Is the tragedy that has reached me.
I tell you a woman has died
Whom fame magnifies'
Fial her name, from a warrior's nakedness
Upon the clean gravel.
A great death is the death that has reached me,
Harshly prostrated me;
The nakedness of her husband, she looked upon him
Who rested here.
Six woman of their nobles were their losses on the sea and land from
their setting out from Spain till then. These are their names; Buan
wife of Bile; Dil wife of Donn; Scene, he woman-satirist, wife of
Amergin White-Knee (she died with them on the sea while they were
coming to Ireland; so that Amergin said, "The harbor where we land,
the name of Scene will be on it". That was true, for from her is
named Inber Scene); Fial wife of Lugaid son of Ith; the wife of Ir
and the wife of Muirthemne son of Bregan, were the other two.
When the sons of Mil reached the land in the creek we have
mentioned, and when they had buried the troop of their nobles who
had died of them, Eremon and Eber Finn divided the fleet with their
chieftains and servants in two between them. After that Eremon
sailed with thirty ships, keeping Ireland on his left hand, and he
landed in Inber Colptha. These are the chieftains that were with
him: Eber son if Ir, Amergin the poet, Palap, Muimne,Luigne, laigne,
Brega, Muirthemne, Fuad, Cualgne, Colptha, Goisten, Sedga, Suirge,
and Sobairce. The three last were champions. These are the slaves
that were with Eremon: Aidne, Ai, Asal, Mide, Cuib, Cera, Ser, Slan,
Ligen, Dul, Trega, Line.
On putting his right foot on the shore at Inber Colptha, it was then
Amergin spoke this rhapsody:
I am a wind on the sea
I am a wave of the ocean
I am the roar of the sea,
I am a powerful ox,
I am a hawk on a cliff,
I am a dewdrop in the sunshine,
I am a boar for valor,
I am a salmon in pools,
I am a lake in a plain,
I am the strength of art,
I am a spear with spoils that wages battle,
I am a man that shapes fire for a head.
Who clears the stone-place of the mountain?
What the place in which the setting of the sun lies?
Who has sought peace without fear seven times?
Who names the waterfalls?
Who brings his cattle from the house of Tethra?
What person, what god Forms weapons in a fort?
In a fort that nourishes satirists,
Chants a petition, divides the Ogam letters,
Separates a fleet, has sung praises?
A wise satirist.
He sang afterwards to increase fish in the creeks:
Burst of fish-
Fish under wave-
With courses of birds--
A white wall--
With hundreds of salmon-
A port song-
A burst of fish.
As for Eber Finn son of Mil, he stayed in the south with thirty
ships with him, until they came in the hosts of the battles that
were fought between them and the Tuatha De Danann.
These are the chieftains that were with Eber; Lugaid son of Ith, Er.
Orba, Feron, Fegana the four sons of Eber, Cuala, Blad, Ebleo, Nar,
En, Un Etan, Caicher, Mantan, Fulman. The six last,-En, Un, etc.
Were champions. These are the slaves that were with him; Adar, Aigne,
Deist, Deala, Cliu, Morba, Fea, Liffe, Femen, Feara, Meda, and Obla.
When the sons of Mil reached their landing-place they made no delay
until they reached Sliab Mis; and the battle of Sliab Mis was fought
between them and the Tuatha De Danann, and the victory was with the
sons of Mil. Many of the Tuatha De Dannan were killed in that
battle. It is there that Fas wife of Un son of Uicce fell, from whom
is named Glen Faise. Scota wife of Mil fell in the same valley; from
her is named " Scota's Grave", between Sliab Mis and the sea. The
sons of Mil went afterwards to Tailltiu, and another battle was
fought between them and the Tuatha De Danann there.
whole-heatedly was it fought, for they were from morning to evening
contending, bonehewing , and mutilating one another; till the three
kings and the three queens of Ireland fell there- Mac Cecht by
Eremon, Mac Cuill by Eber Finn, Mac Greine by Amergin, Eriu by
Suyirge, Banba by Caicer, and Fodla by Etan. Those were the deaths
of their chiefs and princes. After that the Tuatha De Danann were
routed to the sea and the sons of Mil and their host were a long
time following the rout. There fell, however two noble chiefs of the
people of the sons of Mil in inflicting the rout, namely, Fuad in
Sliab Fuait, and Cualgne in Sliab Cualgne, together with other
warriors besides, who fell together on both sides. When the Tuatha
De Danann were crushed and expelled in the battles that were fought
between them, the sons of Mil took the lordship of Ireland.
After that there arose a contention between the sons of Mil about
the kingship, that is between Eremon and Eber, so that Amergin was
brought to make peace between them. He said that the inheritance of
the eldest, of Donn, should go to the youngest, to Eremon, and his
inheritance to Eber after him; Eber did not accept that, but
insisted on dividing Ireland. Eremon agreed to do so. Accordingly
Ireland was divided in two between them, the northern half to Eremon,
from Srub Brain to the Boyne, the southern half to Eber, from the
Boyne to Tonn Clidna. There were five chieftains in the division of
each of them.
With Eremon first,
Amergin, Sedga, Goisten, Suirge, and Sobairce. Now in that year
these forts were dug by Eremon and his people: Rath Beothaig, above
the Nore in Argat Ros; Rath Oinn, in the territory of Cula, by
Eremon; the Causeway of Inber Mor, in the territory of Ui Enechglais,
by Amergin; the building of Dun Nair, in Sliab Modoirn, by Goisten;
the building of Dun Delginnse, in the territory of Cuala, by Sedga;
the building of his fort by Sobairce in Morbolg of Dal Riada; the
building of Dun Edar by Suirge. These are the forts built by Eber
and these the chieftains that were with him: Etan, Un, Mantan,
Fulman, and Caicer were his five chieftains. Rath Uaman, in Leinster,
was dug by Eber; Rath Arda Suird by Etan son of Uicce; the building
of Carrig Blaraige by Mantan; the building of Carrig Fethnaide by Un
son of Uicce; the building of Dun Ardinne by Caicer; the building of
Rath Riogbard, in Muiresc,by Fulman.
So that for the commemoration of certain of the aforesaid matters
this was said:
Expeditions of the sons of Mil over sea
From Spain of clear ships,
They took , it is no deed of falsehood,
The battle-plain of Ireland in one day.
This is the tale that they went
on sea, With multitude of wealth and people,
To a brave show God brought them,
With sixty-five choice vessels.
They landed at the noble creek
Which is called the White Rampart;
It was a cause of sickness, and attempt without failure,
From the sight of the warrior Lugaid.
From thence it is from that out
The creek of Fail of generous bands;
From the day she died in white Banba--
Fial daughter of Mil of Spain.
At the end of three days, brilliant preparation,
The Tuatha De fought
The battle of Sliab Mis, --glory that was not failure,
Against the great sons of Mil.
They won, a saying without reproach,
The battle against fair-headed Banba,
Where died Fas woven in verse,
With the very fair daughter of Pharaoh.
Before the end of a year, it was lasting fame,
Among the chieftains of the heavy hosts,
Into twice six divisions, a pleasant course,
They afterwards divided Ireland.
Over the north side a progress without sorrow,
Eremon was taken as high prince;
From Srub Brain, which verses adorn,
Every tribe to the Boyne.
These are the five guardians of control
Whom he accepted to accompany him;
Amergin, Sedga also, Goisten, Sobairce,
Eber, son of Mil grace-abounding,
takes the southern half,
From the eternal Boyne, choice the share,
To the wave of the daughter of Genann.
These are the five, with hundreds of exploits,
The chiefs who were subordinate to him;
Etan, and Un of joyous rule,
Mantan, Fulman, and Caicer.
In this same year
The royal forts were dug,
By the sons of Mil,--honor of pledges,
After the full division of Ireland's island.
Rath Oinn, Rath Beothaig here,
By Eremon in Argat Ros;
In Sliab Mis, after a series of omens,
The building of Dun Nair by Goisten.
Suirge wide-extended, who displayed valor,
Built the high Dun Edar;
And the sounding, glorious achievement,
Of his fort by Sobairce.
By Eber of bright valor, was dug
Rath Uaman in the plain of Leinster;
Rath Arda Suird, it enriched him,
Was dug by Etan son of Uicce.
Rath Carraig Fetha thus,
Was made by Un son of Uicce;
And by Mantan,--glorious deed,
The founding of Carrig Blaraige.
Rath Rigbard in good Muiresc,
Very keen Fulman built it;
Caicer of battles, a pleasant fulfilment,
Took Dun Inne in the west of Ireland.
These are their deeds of valor,
Of the clear, glorious, great royal host;
It was a great achievement, after battle , without stain;
Theirs was every profit, every expedition.
Of the adventures of the Gaedels from the time when they went from
Scythia till they took Ireland and the division of Ireland between
them, with their chieftains, the poet Roigne Roscadach son of Ugaine
Mor said to Mal son of Ugaine his brother, when Mal questioned him:
"Sing thy description in the great knowledge of Ireland, O Roigne,"
Roigne answered him and said:
O noble son of Ugaine,
How does one arrive at knowledge of Ireland,
The conquest of its company?
Before they overflowed Scythia
They reached the host-king of Shinar;
They approached Egypt,
Where Cingeris was extinguished,
So that a great troop was destroyed,
Who died in the Red Sea.
They flowed through a space very faithful,
With Pharaoh fought;
Niul contracts with Scota,
The conception of our fathers.
They took the name "Gaedels,"
The name "Scots" spreads,
The fair daughter of Pharaoh.
They overspread lands,
Burst into Scythia,
Determined long combat--
The Children of Nel and Noenbal.
Golam was a young lord,
Who slew the son of Neman,
Escaped to Egypt,
Where was Nectanebus.
Pharaoh was welcoming
To Golam; gave
A marriage Nectanebus,
Scota was at cot's head;
A name was changed from them.
They advanced past Africa,
Good was the man under whom they trembled;
Fenius Farsad, the keen,
Well he spread for us a lasting name.
They approached Spain,
Where was born a numerous progeny,
Donn, Airech, Amergin,
Eber, Ir, Colptha himself,
The eight sons of Golam.
Mil's renown came upon them,
The sons of Mil wealthy;
Their scholars resolved,
The Men returned from the burial of Fial.
They divided Ireland,
In twice six, an inheritance of chieftains.
Seek the truth of every law,
Relate sharply the inquiry , O Son!
After Eremon and Eber had divided the chieftains, they had two
distinguished artists who had come into their company from the east,
namely, a poet and a harper. Cir son of Cis was the poet, Cennfinn
the harper. They cast a lot on them to know which of them should be
with each of them; so that, through the decision of the lot, the
harper went southward to Eber and thence melody of music and harmony
followed in the Southern Half of Ireland.
The poet went to Eremon, and knowledge of poetry and song followed
him in the North ever after. To commemorate this it was said:
The two sons of Mil, famous in dignity,
Took Ireland and Britain;
With them there followed hither
A gentle poet and a harper.
Cior son of Cis, the bright poet,
The name of the harper Cennfin;
With the sons of Mil, of bright fame,
The harper sounded his harp.
The princes, with many battles,
Took the kingdom of Ireland;
They did it with brightness, merry the sound,
Eber and Eremon.
They cast a lot swiftly
About the great men of art;
So that there fell to the lot of the southerner
The harper, just and fair.
Melody of music more beautiful than any company
Is from the southward in the south of Ireland;
It was thus it will be to the fortunate Judgment
With the famous seed of Eber.
There fell to the lot of the northerner
The man of learning with great excellence;
Hence the tribes who brought him boast
Knowledge of poetry and learning.