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Betha Naile

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Charles Plummer

Electronic edition compiled by Mavis Cournane , Beatrix Färber , Benjamin Hazard , Elva Johnston , Ruth Murphy

Funded by University College, Cork and
Professor Marianne McDonald via the CELT Project and
The Higher Education Authority via the LDT Project.

2. Second draft.

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    Manuscript sources
  1. Bruxelles, Bibliothèque Royale, O'Clery numbers MS Br. 4190–, fo. 129–142. For details see J. Van den Gheyn, Catalogue des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, Bruxelles 1906–1948 (13 vols.); vol. 5.
  1. Charles Plummer, Miscellanea Hagiographica Hibernica: vitae adhuc ineditae sanctorum Mac Creiche, Naile, Cranat (Subsidia Hagiographica 15) Bruxelles 1925. Life of Naile ed. with transl. from Br. 4190–4200, fo. 129–142: 97–155.
    Secondary literature
  1. Eugene O'Curry, On the manners and customs of the Ancient Irish, (Dublin 1873) vol. 3, 44.
  2. Charles Plummer, Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae, Tom. I–II, 8vo (Oxford 1910).
  3. Felim Ó Briain, Miracles in the lives of the Irish saints, Irish Eccelsiastical Record 66 (1945) 331–42.
  4. D. D. C. Pochin-Mould, Ireland of the saints (London 1953).
  5. Nora K. Chadwick, The age of saints in the early celtic church (London 1961) [Riddell memorial lectures, 32nd series, University of Durham 1960].
  6. Kathleen Hughes, The church and the world in early Christian Ireland, Irish Historical Studies 13 1962/63 (1963) 99–116.
  7. Kathleen Hughes, The church in early Irish society (London 1966).
  8. James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland: ecclesiastical, an introduction and guide (Shannon 1968, repr. of 1929 ed.) corrections and additions, and preface, by Ludwig Bieler.
  9. James Doan, A structural approach to celtic saints' lives, in: Patrick K. Ford (ed.), Celtic folklore and Christianity: studies in memory of William W. Heist, 16–28 (Los Angeles 1983).
  10. Kim McCone, An introduction to early Irish saints' lives, Maynooth Review 11 (1984) 26–59.
  11. Daniel F. Melia, Irish saints' lives as historical sources, in: Glanmor Williams and Robert Owen Jones (eds.), The celts and the Renaissance: tradition and innovation. Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Celtic Studies, held at Swansea, 19–24 July 1987 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press 1990).
  12. Laurence Flanagan, A chronicle of Irish saints (Belfast 1990).
  13. Dorothy Ann Bray, A list of motifs in the lives of the early Irish saints, Folklore Fellows Communications 252 (Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1992).
  14. Review of D. A. Bray. (1) Dorothy Africa, Speculum 71 (1996) 129–132.
  15. Review of D. A. Bray. (2) Clare Stancliffe, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 31 (Summer 1996) 73–75.
  16. Review of D. A. Bray. (3) Caoimhín Breatnach, Éigse 31 (1999) 200–202.
  17. Review of D. A. Bray. (4) Dáibhí Ó hÓgain, Bealoideas: The Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society 67 (1999) 194–196.
  18. Pádraig Ó Riain, A dictionary of Irish Saints (Dublin 2011), 509–510 (with bibliography).
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Miscellanea Hagiographica Hibernica. Charles Plummer (ed), First edition [cxx + 288 pp.] Société des BollandistesBrussels (1925)


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The present text represents pages 97–125 of the volume. The editorial addenda and corrigenda, and corrigenda made by Maud Joynt are integrated in the electronic edition. The English translation is available in a separate file.

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Text proofread three times. Corrections are tagged corr sic; text supplied by the editor is tagged sup resp="CP". There is one correction by the otherwise unidentified (?) M. S.


The editor's divisions of words have been silently changed to bring them into accord with modern practice. All compound personal names are segmented in line with CELT practice.


Direct speech is tagged q.


Soft hyphens are silently removed. When a hyphenated word (hard or soft) crosses a page-break or line-break, this break is marked after the completion of the hyphenated word.


div0=the saint's life; div1=the section; page-breaks are marked. Folio numbers of the manuscript are marked. Paragraphs are marked. Passages in verse are marked by poem, stanza and line.

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Profile Description

Created: by Mícheál Ó Cléirigh. (January 1629, according to scribal colophon)

Use of language

Language: [GA] The text is in Middle Irish.
Language: [LA] Some words are in Latin.
Language: [EN] Introduction and footnotes are in English.

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