Óenach Macha revisited

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Abstract

A more in-depth analysis of one of a number of names considered in 'Co mbeith a ainm asa: the eponymous Macha... in Ulidia 2 (2009). The name in question, Óenach Macha 'the assembly of the Ulstermen', is associated with Emain Macha, ancient capital of Ulster, in the literature. Here, the instances of it in the sources are re-examined in their own right; it appears to be a more recent coinage relative to Óenach Tailten, 'the assembly of Tailtiu (Co Meath)', which is very well-established in the literature and has been shown to be a genuine historical institution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUlidia 4: Proceedings of the fourth international conference on the Ulster Cycle of tales
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the fourth international conference on the Ulster Cycle of tales
EditorsMícheál B. Ó Mainnín, Gregory Toner
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherFour Courts Press
Pages202-21
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978-1-84682-631-3
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2017

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Keywords

  • Irish Literature
  • onomastics
  • Ulster Cycle Ireland Literature Medieval

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O Mainnin, M. (2017). Óenach Macha revisited. In M. B. Ó Mainnín, & G. Toner (Eds.), Ulidia 4: Proceedings of the fourth international conference on the Ulster Cycle of tales: Proceedings of the fourth international conference on the Ulster Cycle of tales (pp. 202-21). Four Courts Press.