In the Appendix to 'A Primer of Irish Metrics' (1909), Kuno Meyer gives a list of
Irish poets which include "Eochaidh eiges ua Cleirechain". Meyer in a footnote
states this poet is 'Eocho rigeices (m. Oengusa m. Dallain m. Dubthaig m.
Miannaig m. Lugdach) qui hospitatus apud Daimine qui sepultus est in Domnuch
Culind (LL. 3300.) In RC. 20, 42 Eochaid rig-eces is said to have been
contemporary with Dallan Forgaill, while according to YBL. p. 135 they were
However in a 'Catalogue of the Irish Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College
Dublin' Ed. T.K. Abbott and E.J. Gwynn, (Dublin and London, 1921), there is a
"Poem on the genealogy of the saints of Ireland", ascribed to Eochaidh Eiges
O'Clercan, surnamed Eochaidh of the Battle of Creeve-Tullagh. The hill of
Craeb Telcha (modernised as Craobh Thulcha, now Crew, County Antrim) was
the site of two famous battles between the rival peoples of Uí Néill and Ulaid in
AD 1003 and 1099. So Meyer's identification is incorrect as Eocho rigeices lived
at the end of the 6th century so could not be Eochaidh eiges ua Cleirechain
who lived in the 11th century.
Furthermore the genealogy given in LL. 3300 'Eocho rigeices m. Oengusa m.
Dallain m. Dubthaig m. Miannaig m. Lugdach' would also seem to be incorrect or
at least is missing his immediate ancestors as Oengusa m. Dallain was a brother
of Forga mac Dallán mheic Dubthach mac Mianach mac of Lugaid Lorc, who was
King of Ulster in the mid-fifth century, i.e. 150 years before the floruit of Eocho
rigeices. Furthermore Eochu was a guest of Daimhin Damhairgitr (qui hospitatus
apud Daimine) who died in 560 A.D. according to the Annals of the Four