THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY IS IRELAND'S LEADING BODY OF EXPERTS IN THE SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest Academic honour in Ireland.

Read more about the RIA

Irish Texts Society Volume 42: Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill

€42.00

Book Details

Published by Irish Texts Society

January 1948

Hardback

Number of pages: 350

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).