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Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill

Author: Lughaidh Ó Cléirigh

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Paul Walsh

translated by Paul Walsh

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  40. Joseph O'Kane, Red Hugh's march to Kinsale, Ó Domhnaill Abú 8 (1987) 2–3.
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    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill, as Leabhar Lughaidh Uí Chlérigh. Paul Walsh (ed), First edition [The first of two volumes; xi + 347 pp.] The Educational Company of Ireland, for the Irish Texts SocietyDublin (1948) ([reprinted 1988]) . Irish Texts Society [Cumann na Scríbheann nGaedhilge]. , No. 42


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Created: Translation by Paul Walsh. (c.1947)

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Language: [EN] The translation is in English.
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