Ó Corráin (Donnchadh): Historical need and literary narrative.
In 7th ICCS, Oxford 1983 (1986), pp. 141–158.
Argues that early Irish prose tales are closely bound to their political background, using as examples Echtra mac Echach and Aided Crimthainn, the material relating to Cormac mac Airt, and the story of the three Collas.