Dallán Forgaill m. Eirc

Other names

Eochaid m. Ailella (Rec. Min. 633), Eochaid m. Collo (Rec. Met. 662.105).

Introduction

It is to Dallán Forgaill that Amra Choluimb Chille ‘one of the most important poems we have from the early medieval Gaelic world’ is attributed (Clancy and Márkus 1995 p 96f). The poet's name is a nick-name meaning ‘the dear Blind one of (or son of) the Testimony/Witness’; his baptismal name seems to have been Eochu / Eochaid. Little is known about Dallán, but there is much legendary material, making him, for example, the chief poet of Ireland at the time of Columb Cille (Clancy and Márkus 1995 p 98).

Associated places

Kildallan (Plummer 1922 vol ii p 264). Maigin (Mart. T.)- could be Moynehall in Co. Cavan, Connacht, which is near Kildallan (Clancy and Márkus 1995 p 98).

Genealogies

Colla Uais (CGSH 426, 633, Rec. Met. 662.105). Dál Fiatach (CGH p 407, 330b31 - add. in Lc.). The Masraige from Bréifne in Connacht (Preface to Amra Choluimb Chille in Stokes 1999 p 36). In the Irish Life of Máedóc of Ferns (Plummer 1922 vol 1 p 190-290) Dallán is Máedóc's first cousin (section 229); they are sons of two brothers.

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Dallán, Dallóc (ns) (certain)

Related Personal Names

Name

Dallán (certain)

This is a nick-name meaning 'the dear Blind one of (or son of) the Testimony / Witness'.

Name

Eochaid (certain)

This is his baptismal name.

Feast days

Day of Year

Jan 29

Calendar

Martyrology of Tallaght

Source code

Mart.T

Source title

Martyrology of Tallaght

Editors

Best, R. I. and Lawlor, H. J.

Year

1931

Notes

From the Book of Lesinter and MS 5100-4 in the Royal Library, Brussels.

Quote from source

Dallan mac Forgaill ó Magin.

Notes

There is no entry in Mart. O, but the notes in F have: Dallan mac forgail o Maighin [and others]

Day of Year

Jan 29

Calendar

Martyrology of Gorman

Source code

Mart. G

Source title

Martyrology of Gorman

Editors

Stokes, Whitley

Year

1895

Notes

Full title is Félire Húi Gormáin, The Martyrology of Gorman edited from a manuscript in the Royal library, Brussels, with a preface, translation, notes and indices. It is published by the Henry Bradshaw Society.

Quote from source

Dallan mac fial Forgail ‘Dallán, Forgall’s modest son’ MG gloss: o Maighin ‘from Maigen’

Day of Year

Jan 29

Calendar

The Martyrology of Donegal

Source code

Mart. Do.

Source title

The Martyrology of Donegal

Editors

Todd, J. H.

Year

1864

Notes

Other author to be specified.

Quote from source

Dallán Forgaill, ó Mhaighin, do siol Colla Uais, airdri Erenn. ‘Dallán Forgaill of Maighin, of the race of Colla Uais, monarch of Ireland.’

Notes

There is more information: His name was Eochaid m. Colla; he composed the Amra Choluim Chille and another Amra on Senán of Inis Chathaig; he was buried at Inis-Caoil (Inishkeel, Co. Donegal), ‘a place sacred to Conall of Inis-Caoil’; the Life of Máedóc of Ferns says in ch. 72 that this is the Dallán of Cill-Dalláin and that Máedóc and Dallán are sons of two brothers. The more recent hand adds that there is a place called Tulach Dalláin in Tir-Conaill.