Irish Texts Society Volume 42: Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill
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Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill
Paul Walsh, ed.
The Life of Aodh Ruadh O Domhnaill. Part I, Text and Translation.
xii + 350 pp.
Volume 42, 1948
ISBN 1 870 16642 6
This work, written about 1616 by Lughaidh Ó Cléirigh, narrates the events of Aodh Ruadh's life, from his capture and imprisonment in Dublin Castle in 1587 to his death in Spain in 1602. It focuses particularly on the period of the 'Nine Years War', including the battle of Kinsale (1601), seeing in the latter the loss of 'the authority and sovereignty of the Gaels of Ireland to the end of time.' As such, it is one of the few native sources to have covered in detail the events that culminated in the battle of Kinsale. Combining the traditional modes of Gaelic narrative with the novel features of Renaissance biography, the real aim of this literary and political document, according to Mícheál Mac Craith, was to further the martial career of Aodh Ruadh's nephew. Its editor, Paul Walsh, was one of the most productive Irish scholars of the early twentieth century. His edition of the Life of Aodh Ruadh was the subject of the Society's annual seminar, held in conjunction with the Departments of Irish at UCC in 2001. The proceedings of the seminar have since been edited by Pádraig Ó Riain in the Subsidiary Series (no. 12).
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