On 21/01/2011 2:09 PM, Liz Gabay wrote:
> Óen díib i nDolaib Glais oc Sléib Smóir, araili inn-Ucht Meic Caechán hi crích
> Chíarraighi Lúachrai, araili hi tír Delmnae hÚa Néill.
> I see this in the Book of Lecan source; the facsimile is blurry --
> aen dib i ndolaib glasach slebi smoil aroili a nucht meic caechain a crich
> ciarraidi luachra araili a tirib dealbna .h. nell.
Yes, that's what I see in the much clearer enlargement as well. Though note
that both aroili and araili start with a capital (indicating that there is
a full-stop to be read before each of them).
I found a listing in Hogan's Onomasticon for Slíab Smóil (as in the Bk of
Lecan), but not for Slíab Smóir (as in Laud Misc. 610).
In the eighth century, the Delbnai had a number of minor kingdoms in the
over-kingdom of the Southern Uí Néill (as well as a couple in Connacht).
The main ones were probably Delbnae Mór and Delbnae Bec in the borderland
straddling Mide and Brega (south of Loch Sheelin and Loch Ramor). But there
was also Delbnae Ethra (or Bethra) in south Mide, which included
Clonmacnois, and Delbnae Tendmaige in Tethbae.
I assume that in the phrase 'Delmnae hÚa Néill', the last two words are
used attributively - the Delbnae among (lit. of) the Uí Néill.