Early Irish Glossaries Database

Early Irish Glossaries Database

A resource by Paul Russell, Sharon Arbuthnot, Pádraic Moran, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The early Irish glossaries Sanas Cormaic (Cormac’s Glossary), O’Mulconry’s Glossary and Dúil Dromma Cetta (the Collection of Druim Cett), as well as the shorter texts Loman and Irsan, are important resources for our understanding of the literary and cultural environment of medieval Ireland. These inter-related texts, compiled from the eighth century, comprise several thousand headwords followed by entries that range from single word explanations to extended narratives running to several pages.

The Early Irish Glossaries Project was a three-year project (2006–2009) based in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge. The project is currently working to complete new editions of these glossaries, with translations and commentary.

To supplement the forthcoming print editions, this resource (the Early Irish Glossaries Database) provides:

Beta version (March 2010): Proofing of manuscript transcriptions is still in progress.

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