Éigse: a journal of Irish studies 29 (1996)
National University of Ireland
Rev. by
Pierre-Yves Lambert, in ÉtC 34 (1998-2000), pp. 345-346.
Breatnach (Pádraig A.): The methodology of seanchas: the redaction by Cú Choigcríche Ó Cléirigh of the chronicle poem Leanam croinic clann nDálaigh.
In Éigse 29 (1996), pp. 1–18.
A comparative analysis of Cú Choigcríche Ó Cléirigh’s redaction of the poem (found in MSS RIA 24 P 27, RIA A v 1, NLI G 167) with that of ‘its original form as drafted by Dubhthach Óg Ó Duibhgeannáin’ (in MS ULC Add. 3084) in honour of Aodh Ruadh Ó Domhnaill. Redactor identified as Cú Choigcríche mac Diarmada Ó Cléirigh, one of the Four Masters.

Ó Sé (Diarmuid): The forms of the personal pronouns in Gaelic dialects.
In Éigse 29 (1996), pp. 19–50.
1. Introduction; 2. Historical background; 3. Vowel shortening in unstressed position; 4. Vowel shortening and sentence stress; 5. The west Munster system; 6. Conclusions.

de Bhaldraithe (Tomás): Nótaí ar fhocail.
In Éigse 29 (1996), pp. 51–55.
1. conús [also conuas, conas, both < canós]; 2. froisín [< fras + ín]; 3. priompallán [also pr(o)impeallán, prompalán < Engl ‘bumble’ (= ‘bumblebee’; prombarlán, plumbarlán, primpearlán, plimpearlán, prumparlán < Engl ‘bumbler’ (= ‘bumblebee’); variants with tr(i)omp-, trump-, treamp- influenced by trompa ‘jew’s harp’; ‘etymological’ spelling proimpsheilleán derives from W. Shaw’s form priompsheillain]; 4. rumpall [< Engl ‘rumble’; cf. ‘etymological’ spelling rumptholl]; 5. *alfat ‘a cause’ [an error traceable to E. Lhuyd (1707), who copied two consecutive words (al, fáth) in R. Plunkett’s dictionary (1662) as one word; gives rise to other variants: alfad, álfath, alfáth]; 6. *alfhalach ‘hide’ [an error traceable to E. Lhuyd (1707) for a bhfalach in R. Plunkett’s dictionary (1662); gives rise to alfalach ‘thoroughly hid’].

Killeen (J. F.): Dánta Phiarais Feiritéir, X.
In Éigse 29 (1996), pp. 56–58.
Compares the imagery of the poem Leig díot t’airm, a mhacaoimh mná with some seventeenth-century ‘metaphysical’ poems. Suggests reading bannaí d’athruighthe ‘warrant for your imprisonment’ for bannaí dáirithe (DG 34, l. 4).

Breeze (Andrew): Irish Beltaine ‘May Day’ and Beltancu, a cattle rent in pre-Norman Lancashire.
In Éigse 29 (1996), pp. 59–63.
The term Beltancu, containing Ir. Beltaine, introduced to northern England by Vikings perhaps in the tenth century, the practice exhibiting Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic features.

Ó Broin (Tomás): Doomed kings?
In Éigse 29 (1996), p. 64.
On the interpretation of a passage in Baile in Scáil, which suggests that rejection by the Lia Fáil meant death for the aspirant.

Ó Concheanainn (Tomás): Textual and historical associations of Leabhar na hUidhre.
In Éigse 29 (1996), pp. 65–120.
1. The scribes; 2. The title of the manuscript; 3. The history of LU from 1359 to 1470; 4. Gaps in the history of LU; 5. The Leth Cuinn orientation of the original contents of LU; 6. Sources of LU texts: (1) Lost manuscripts from Armagh and Monasterboice; (2) Cín (or Lebar) Dromma Snechta; 7. The entry of CDS texts into the Connacht tradition; 8. The probable contents of CDS; 9. LU and the CDS tradition; 10. The authors mentioned in LU; 11. The text of LG [Lebor Gabála] lost from LU; 12. A reference to Muirghius mac Páidín’s manuscript; 13. TBC and Tochmarc Emire (TE); 14. The manuscripts of TE; 15. The recensions of TE; 16. LU and the intact text of TE; 17. The version of TE represented by R [Rawlinson B 512]; 18. The relationship between R and the intact text: (A) Miscellaneous forms; (B) Infixes and suffixes; 19. Conclusions as to the textual history of TE. Continued in Éigse 30 (1997), pp. 27-91.

Watson (Seosamh): Cairn rs, sr i gcanúintí na Gaeilge.
In Éigse 29 (1996), pp. 121–136.

Ó Murchú (L. P.): Dha dhearbhú.
In Éigse 29 (1996), pp. 137–149.
Two poetic asseverations, Dar mála mo phípe is dar an lán atá inti by Tomás Aerach and Lé sealad mé gan codladh séimh acht arraing ghéar 'om luascadh by Patrick Reddan. Ed. with metrical analysis, linguistic notes and glossaries, from MSS RIA 23 I 26 and RIA 23 I 35 resp. Cf. L. P. Ó Murchú, in Éigse 17/2 (1978), pp. 237-264, ÉtC 29 (1992), pp. 327-332.

Breeze (Andrew): Middle English daisser and Irish deisréad ‘sprinkler’.
In Éigse 29 (1996), pp. 150–152.
Derives daisser ‘sprinkler’ (in MEngl. 13th c. poem) from Ir. deisréad < earlier int esríat ‘the sprinkler’.

Ó Murchadha (Diarmuid): Cenn Ebrat, Sliab Caín, Belach Ebrat, Belach Legtha/Lechta.
In Éigse 29 (1996), pp. 153–171.
Identifications of the following place-names on the Limerick-Cork border: [1.] Cenn Ebrat/Febrat; [2.] Belach Legtha; [3.] Cenn Ebrat; [4.] Sliab Caín; [5.] Belach Ebrat / Febrat; [6.] An Sliabh Riabhach; [7.] Belach Lechta [Redsheard/Redchair; An Bhearna Dhearg]; [8.] ‘Lacht Mahon’ [Leacht Mhaghthamhna]; [9.] Conclusions.

Carey (John): A posthumous quatrain.
In Éigse 29 (1996), pp. 172–174.
Quatrain beg. Ferrdi in liath a Muig Mell, ed. with transl. from MS LB. Some discussion of Mag Mell `(Christian) heaven’, comhrag ‘meeting (of soul in heaven)', and practice of praying for souls of the dead.

Breeze (Andrew): Two Irish Jesuits: Andrew Sall (1612–86) and Andrew Sall (1624–82).
In Éigse 29 (1996), pp. 175–178.
ad A. Breeze, in Éigse 28 (1995), pp. 100-102. On the cousins Andrew FitzBennet Sall and Andrew FitzJohn Sall, based on Fr Francis Finegan’s unpublished A biographical dictionary of Irish Jesuits in the time of the Society’s third Irish mission 1598-1773.