The Book of Fenagh in Irish and English /
originally compiled by St. Caillin, alias Dunbally of Moy-Rein ; with the contractions resolved, and, (as far as possible), the original text restored ; the whole carefully revised, indexed, and copiously annotated, by W. M. Hennessy and done into English, by D. H. Kelly.
Written in Irish for Tadhg Ó Rodaighe, hereditary comharb of St Caillín in Fenagh. The scribe was Muirgheas Mac Phaidín Uí Mhaoil Chonaire (d.1543). It is mainly a revision of the old Book of St Caillín, which no longer survives. It is quite a lavish manuscript and contains both prose and verse. The original manuscript from which it derived is cited to have consisted of the poems only and it was considerably added to. The manuscript also contains historical lore relating to the two territories of Breifne, now Counties Leitrim and Cavan. The Book of Fenagh remained in the hands of the O’Roddys, hereditary comharbs of Fenagh, Co. Leitrim. It was in the possession of Dr Conroy, Bishop of Ardagh, at the time of publication of the Book of Fenagh (1875). It was purchased in 1888 by the Royal Irish Academy from Reverend D. Murphy for £10. - RIA description of the manuscript of the Book of Fenagh.
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Dublin : printed by Alexander Thom, 1875.
Irish and English on opposite pages.
LO 12064 is inscribed on verso of title page by W. M. Hennessy, April 1878. It lacks a front cover. Spine and back cover detached.
Physical description: x, 439 p.,  leaves of plates : ill ; 26 cm.