Smyth (Alfred P.) (ed.): Seanchas: studies in early and medieval Irish archaeology, history, and literature in honour of Francis J. Byrne / edited by Alfred P. Smyth.
Dublin: Four Courts, 2000. xxii + 478 pp.
pp. xv-xviii: F. J. B.: writings.

Rev. by
Anthony Candon, in UJA 59 (2000), pp. 96-98.
Colmán Etchingham, in English historical review 116/466 (2001), pp. 453-454.
Muiris O’Sullivan, in JRSAI 129 (1999), pp. 145-150.
Byrne (Francis John) (hon.)


Manning (Conleth): References to church buildings in the Annals.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 37–52.
Studies the occurrence of the following terms: oratorium; dairthech; damliac; teampall, templum; eclais; erdamh, airdam; taigi aernaighi; cell, civitas; recles.

Mac Shamhráin (Ailbhe): Nebulae discutiuntur? The emergence of Clann Cholmáin, sixth-eighth centuries.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 83–97.

Connon (Anne): The Banshenchas and the Uí Néill queens of Tara.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 98–108.
Analyses the Tara king framework underlying the first part of the historical section of the text, arguing that a mother-list of the kings of Tara was used as source.

Swift (Catherine): Óenach Tailten, the Blackwater valley and the Uí Néill kings of Tara.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 109–120.
Discusses the role played by óenach Tailten in the overkingship of Tara.

Byrne (Paul): Ciannachta Breg before Síl nÁeda Sláine.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 121–126.

Byrnes (Michael): The Árd Ciannachta in Adomnán’s Vita Columbae: a reflection of Iona’s attitude to the Síl nÁeda Slaine in the late seventh century.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 127–136.
Comments on the inclusion of the anecdote on the Árd Ciannachta in Vita Columbae II.4, suggesting it is motivated by Adomnán’s disapproval of Síl nÁeda Sláine expansion at the expense of Ciannachta territory in Brega.

Charles-Edwards (T. M.): ‘The Continuation of Bede’, s.a. 750: high-kings, kings of Tara and ‘Bretwaldas’.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 137–145.
Also refers to AU 750.11.

Picard (Jean-Michel): Princeps and principatus in the early Irish Church: a reassessment.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 146–160.
On the meaning and use of the terms princeps/airchinnech, episcopus/epscop, abbas/abb in Hiberno-Latin literature, as well as their frequency in Irish annals.

Ó Muraíle (Nollaig): Some early Connacht population-groups.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 161–177.
Calraige; Ciarraige; Partraige.

O’Carroll (Michael): Our Lady in early medieval Ireland.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 178–181.

Doherty (Charles): Cluain Dolcáin: a brief note.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 182–188.
A collection of early references to the monastery of Cluain Dolcáin.

Ó Mórdha (Eoghan): The placenames in the Book of Cuanu.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 189–191.
Examines entries in Annals of Ulster extracted from the lost Book of Cuanu for place name evidence.

Ó hAodha (Donncha): Rechtgal úa Síadail, a famous poet of the Old Irish period.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 192–198.
Discusses five quatrains attributed to Rechtgal cited in Middle Irish poetic and learned tracts: 1. Donnchad dia-n-fich domun daigthech; 2. Muirgius muir tar bruinne Banba; 3. Badbrí cúicid Hérend uile; 4. Mad nodléana (na) crecht for talmuin; 5. Slicht a da gai tria cach mualach. With English translation.

Ó Néill (Pádraig): The Old Irish tract on the Mass in the Stowe Missal: some observations on its origins and textual history.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 199–204.
Argues that the Stowe tract on the Mass is an abbreviation of a text preserved also in a later, more faithful version in Leabhar Breac, and draws conclusions on liturgical changes in the intervening centuries.

Mac Cana (Proinsias): The motif of trivial causes.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 205–211.
Discusses two Irish examples, extracted from ‘The Quarrel about the Loaf’ (Ériu 1.128) and Fled Dúin na nGéd.

Ó Cróinín (Dáibhí): Three weddings and a funeral: rewriting Irish political history in the tenth century.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 212–224.
On Gormfhlaith (†948), daughter of Flann Sinna.

Ní Dhonnchadha (Máirín): On Gormfhlaith daughter of Flann Sinna and the lure of the sovereignty goddess.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 225–237.
An edition and discussion of Éirigh a ingen an rígh, based on Brussels 20978–9. With English translation and variant readings from Brussels 5100–4.

Ó Corráin (Donnchadh): Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn and the Circuit of Ireland.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 238–250.
A discussion of the poem A Mhuircheartaigh mhic Néill náir ascribed to Cormacán mac Mael Brigte.

Murray (Kevin): A Middle Irish tract on cró and díbad.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 251–260.
English translation of CIH ii 600.1-601.11 (cf. Ériu 1.209). With language notes, analysis [a discussion of the terms rann ó bun, cró ó inn, and cró ar medón] , and technical vocabulary.

Wallace (Patrick F.): Garrda and airbeada: the plot thickens in Viking Dublin.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 261–274.
Investigates the possible difference in meaning between these two terms for land demarcations, in the context of the sources where they are used.

Bhreathnach (Edel): Kings, the kingship of Leinster and the regnal poems of laídshenchas Laigen: a reflection of dynastic politics in Leinster, 650-1150.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 299–312.
Discusses two collections of poems on the subject of the province of Leinster, found in Rawl. B 502 and LL.

Ó Riain-Raedel (Dagmar): German influence on Munster Church and kings in the twelfth century.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 323–330.

Richter (Michael): Gilbert of Limerick revisited.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 341–347.
Suggests that Gilbert’s De statu ecclesiae shows the influence of ideas originating from early Irish law.

Simms (Katharine): The dating of two poems on Ulster chieftains.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 381–386.
Cuaine ríoghna rug Éadan (variously ascribed to Maolmhuire Mac Craith and Donnchadh Mór Ó Dálaigh) and Mac Cairteáin triath na n-each seang (ascribed to Mac Con Ó Cléirigh).

Ó Con Cheanainn (Tomás): A medieval Irish historiographer: Giolla Íosa Mac Fhir Bhisigh.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 387–396.

Ó Riain (Pádraig): The Catalogus praecipuorum sanctorum Hiberniae, sixty years on.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 396–430.
Provides an edition of Henry Fitzsimon’s Catalogus, based on Maynooth S 40/9 with additional material from TCD E 3. 16.

Breatnach (Pádraig A.): An inventory of Latin Lives of Irish saints from St Anthony’s College, Louvain, c.1643.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 431–438.
Edited from Rawl. B 487; with commentary.

O’Sullivan (William): The manuscript collection of Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 439–447.

Herity (Michael): The return of the Cathach to Ireland: conflicting accounts of the repatriation of the Cathach from the continent.
In Seanchas [Fs. Byrne] (2000), pp. 454–464.