Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: T201020

Life of St. Declan of Ardmore

Author: Patrick Power

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donated by Dennis McCarthy (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Funded by University College, Cork and
Professor Marianne McDonald via the CELT Project

2. Second draft.

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    Manuscript sources
  1. Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale MS 4190–4200 [in the handwriting of Mícheál Ó Cléirigh].
  2. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 M 50, pp 109–120. This represents a copy, dated 1740, of one imperfect exemplar.
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    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Life of St. Declan of Ardmore, with an Introduction, translation and notes, by Rev. P. Power, M.R.I.A., University College, Cork. Patrick Power (ed), First edition [xxxi + 202 pp. (Errata; v Preface; vii–xxxi Introduction; 1 plate (Principality of Decies); 3–73 Life of St. Declan; 74–147 Life of St. Mochuda; 150–177 Notes to Life of Declan; 178–195 Notes to Life of Mochuda, 196–202 Index)] Irish Texts Societylondon (1914) . Irish Texts Society [Comann na Sgríbheann Gaedhilge]. , No. 16


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The electronic text represents pp i–xxxi and 3–73 of the printed edition.

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Text has been proof-read three times.


The electronic texts represents the edited text. Variant readings from RIA MS 23 M 50 are omitted, but editorial footnotes are marked note type="auth" n="". Text in Latin and Irish is indicated.


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Created: Translation by Patrick Power. (1913)

Use of language

Language: [EN] Introduction and Translation are in English.
Language: [GA] Some terms are in Irish.
Language: [LA] Some terms are in Latin.

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