Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: G106500D
The Metrical Dindshenchas
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File DescriptionEdward Gwynn
Electronic edition compiled by Lisa Boucher , Alf Siewers , Saorla Ó Corráin
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Text ID Number: 11
- Royal Irish Academy Dublin, The Book of Ballymote.
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- Royal Irish Academy Dublin, Stowe, D II 2.
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Secondary literature: a selection
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The edition used in the digital edition
- The Metrical Dindshenchas. in Volume 4Edward Gwynn (ed), Second reprint [x + 474 pp.] Dublin Institute for Advanced StudiesDublin (1991 [first published 1906; reprinted 1941])
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