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Bardic Poetry and the MacMahons of Oirghialla

Mac Cathmhaoil, Nioclas (2017) Bardic Poetry and the MacMahons of Oirghialla. In: Monaghan History and Society: Interdisciplinary Essays on an Irish County. (Eds: Nolan, William, Duffy, Patrick and O Ciardha, Eamonn), Geography Publications, Dublin, pp. 195-224. ISBN n/a [Book section]

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For most Gaelic families during the ‘Classical’ period of the Irish language (c.1200 - c.1650), literary patronage centred on Bardic poetry. This poetry was written in strict syllabic metres, and was defined by metrical and linguistic rules which, having developed over the preceding centuries, were fixed in the late twelfth century. Around this same time, c.1200, specific ‘learned’ families emerged that would dominate the world of Gaelic learning for the next five hundred years. The most prominent chieftains retained some of these specific families whose role it was to compose encomia and occasional poems for inaugurations, weddings and deaths in their chieftains’ families.1 This essay aims to provide an account of Bardic poems of this kind on the Mac Mahons in the period c.1200 - c.1650. The poets themselves – particularly the Mac an Bhaird family – will be discussed, and their relationship with the Mac Mahon family will be evaluated.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Bardic Poetry, Bardism, Irish Language, Patronage
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Irish Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:38654
Deposited By: Dr Nioclas Mac Cathmhaoil
Deposited On:22 Sep 2017 10:16
Last Modified:22 Sep 2017 10:16

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