Eochaid ua Flannacáin

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Eochaid ua Flannacáin (935-1004) was an Irish cleric and poet.

Life[edit]

Eochaid was the author of more than twenty surviving quasi-historical, genealogical and topographical poems, many of which were incorporated into Lebor Gabala Erenn. He was a member of Clann Sinaich, an eccleiastical family of Armagh. At the time of his death he was superior[disambiguation needed] of Clonfeacle and Lios Aoigheadh (unidentified). One of his sons, and several of his descendants, were abbots of Armagh.

Obit[edit]

The Annals of Ulster contain Eochaid's obit sub anno 1004, stating:

"Eochaid ua Flannacáin, superior of Les Oeiged and of Cluain Fiachna, a master of poetry and historical lore, died in the 69th year of his age."

Commemorative verse[edit]

The obit was accompanied by a stanza commemorating him:

"The full form of beautiful Eochaid/An ascending poetic psalm of happy aspect/eochaiss that he does not approach from behind(?)/A key to the lock of Ireland's ignorance./‘Eochaid of the undying knowledge’/Has long been an incontrovertible name for him;/For reproach in the matter of learning or wisdom/He has no cause to answer./"

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