Muireadach Albanach Ó
?1180-1250 [vars. Muireadhach Albanach ODaly; Murdock ODaly]; b. Co. Meath, chief poet of ODonnells, killed a servant
of Donal ODonnell, and fled to the Norman Burkes of Clanricard,
and when the ODonnells ravaged the territory, was passed on
to the OBriens; fled to Limerick; forced to escape
to Dublin and sent from thence to Scotland; the Clan Mac Muircadhaigh
claim descent from him; made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land; offered a praise poem to the ODonnell on his return; granted land and
cattle by him as token of forgiveness; entered monastery with his brother Donnchadh Mór
in his last years following the death of his wife; his lament for her from the Book of the Dean of Lismore is noticed also in The Annals of the Four Masters. ODNB DIW OCIL
Eugene OCurry, ed., Book of Dean of Lismore [3 poems].
E. C. Quiggin, Prolegomena to the Study of the Later Irish Bards 1200-1500, Proceedings of the British Academy, Volo. V, App. A (1913); Osborn J. Bergin has written on Ó Dálaigh in Studies IX (1920), and Studies XIV (1925), and Studies XIII (1924); Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail, ‘Two Poems Attributed to Muireadhach Albanach Ó Dálaigh, in Eriú , vol. 53 (2003), qpp.
See also Eugene OCurry, On the Manner and Customs of the Ancient Irish (1873), Vol II, Lect. XXXIII [Mac Lauchlan unaware that he was Irish]; and T. F. Ó Ratháille, Measgra
Dánta (Cork 1927).
of National Biography: fl.1213, wrote three poems in praise of
ODonnell, which led to his being forgiven by that noble.
Church of Ireland
Hymnal (1960 & 1987 edns.), contains Baoth a csoidhe, a Mhic Dé,
by Murdock ODaly, 13th c., trans. Eleanor Hull [No.324]
Alan Titley has based a novel on the life of his life of uireadhach Albanach Ó Dálaigh, as An Fear Dána (Baile
Átha Cliath: An Clóchomhar 1993).