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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