Annla Gearra as Proibhinse Ard Macha

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Annla Gearra as Proibhinse Ard Macha, in English The Short Annals of Armagh, is an Irish text contained in British Library, Additional manuscripts 30512, compiled c. 1460–75.

The Annala Gearra Ard Macha covers events in Irish history from the lifetime of Lóegaire mac Néill (died c. 462) to 1134 ("In bliadhain post ec Muircertaig comarba Patraic {folio 40vb} & abdaine do gabail do Niall & ordned Mailmedoc hUi Morgair & rl—."). The manuscript was penned by Iollan Mac an Leagha, a professional scribe.

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  • Manuscript source: London, British Library, Additional MS 30512, ff.39rb-40rb; for details see Robin Flower (ed.), Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the British Library [formerly the British Museum], volume 2, 470–3, 490.
  • Gearóid Mac Niocaill (ed.), Ann[acute ]la Gearra as Proibhinse Ard Macha, Seanchas Ardmhacha 3/2 (1958–9), pp. 337–40.
  • Eugene O'Curry, Lectures on the manuscript materials of ancient Irish history (Dublin, 1861; repr. Dublin, 1878 and 1995).
  • Paul Walsh, The dating of Irish annals, Irish Historical Studies 2 (1941), pp. 355–75.
  • Gearóid Mac Niocaill, The medieval Irish annals (Dublin: DIAS, 1975).
  • Daniel P. Mc Carthy, The Irish Annals: their genesis, evolution and history (Dublin 2008).

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