Donnchadh Mór Ó Dálaigh

Life
c.1175-1244; prob. b. Meath; brother of Muireadach Albanach; held by respectful legend to have been Abbot of Boyle, Co. Roscommon, where he died; founded branch of family settling in Clare; religious poetry of high standing, still in Gaeltacht repertoire; poems by later poets also ascribed to him. DIW ODNB OCIL

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Works
See Kuno Meyer, ‘Anecdota from Irish MSS’, XI, Gaelic Journal V (Dublin 1894); C. Ward, Mil na mBeach (Dublin 1911), Lambert McKenna S.J., ed., Dán Dé, the Poems of Donnchadh Mór Ó Dálaigh and the Religious Poems in the Dunaire of the Yellow Book of Lecan (Dublin 1922).

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References
Dictionary of National Biography lists more than thirty poems, chiefly devotional, attributed to him.

Church of Ireland Hymnal (1960, 1987), gives “Alúinn dún Mic Muire”, trans. Coslett W. C. Quinn [No. 321; listed as Donogh O’Dalagh, the Great, d.1244].

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