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Downey, Clodagh
21st Irish Conference of Medievalists
Sruth Segsa ocus sruith éicse – Cúán ua Lothcháin and the Boyne
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
Chaired Session
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This paper will discuss two dindshenchas poems that deal with traditions about the Boyne, one of which is ascribed in one manuscript copy to Cúán ua Lothcháin (died 1024). The respective treatments of these traditions in the two poems will be contrasted, and the results of this comparison as well as further structural analysis of the poems will be considered as potential evidence for poetic authorship. The implications of political content in the poems for this question of authorship will also be noted, as will the implications of poetic authorship for political interpretation.
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