> My thanks to Dennis, Janet and Liz for work on verse 31. It looks like we
> now have:
> Clann Conaill, sīol Eoghoin Mōir,
>> secht ccatha dōibh, fa céim ard,
>> ēirgitt re hanfadh a ffercc
>> do dhul a nGlenn Gercc ar Tadg.
>> 31. The race of Conaill, seed of Eoghan Mor
seven battalions of them, of high fame
they rise in a storm of anger
going to Glenn Gercc against Tadg.
Going on to verse 32, thanks to Caoimhin and Dennis we have:
32. Gairmther caismirt rēidh mo rīg,
gor ēirigh síol Maine mōir,
im Gadhro, im Choncobhar Clīach,
im rīgh Soghain [Sodhain MS] na scīath n-ōir.
32. The clear battle call of my king is sounded,
till the seed of great Maine rose up
around Gadhro, around Conchobhar Clíach
around the king of Soghan of the golden shield.
Now, going back to Soghain, Dennis, if you cast your mind or your cursor
back to the first verse, you will find that Ard Soghain was one of the
places that Mac Liag had to cross to get from Dal Cais to Tadhg's court in
Ui Maine, and which Neill described at the time as 'the Uí Maine territory
immediately to the west of Rícinn's home kingdom of Crumthann'. A d/g
alternation was indicated in Meyer's footnotes at that point. We will be
getting a lot more place names in the verses to come, and I have a sinking
feeling that I'm going to have to try and create one of Neill's 'mud maps'
(what a wonderful term, wherever does it come from?). Pat Murray also
pointed out back then that there is an 'Ard na Sodan' about 20 miles NE of
Galway City. As Janet says in her remarks, there were a number of different
Sogan groups; Hogan does list one in Meath, which Janet's sources name, but
Hogan feels most of them were in Ui Maine.
Another thing I'm very interested in is who 'Gadhro' and 'Conchobhar Cliach'
may be. So far the cast of characters seems to be chronologically
challenged, what with Tadg trying to push single combat on a man who we
believe to be his contemporary's grandson. I just tried (first time ever
doing this) typing in these names into CELT's search engine on their home
page, but in both cases got no results; that is, for Conchobhar Cliach I got
Conchobhar Cliche and various people of Uaithne-Cliach. Has anyone any
useful tips to offer me? I feel that once we've worked out what the
story-line of the poem is at all, at all, that working out who these
incidental characters are may well be the next most productive line of
inquiry for me, as it might give a fix on which courts the author of the
poem is concerned with, which might in turn shed light on the politics of
his time, and in turn help point out when that time might have been. Oh my
god, what a string of 'if's and 'mights'.
Well, that's a pile off my chest. I think I'll go out and mow some lawn
before I tackle the next verses.