This online lecture on the Annals of Clonmacnoise was delivered by Dr Daniel P. McCarthy, an Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.
Also known as ‘Mageoghagan’s Book’, these annals are a 17th-century early English translation of a lost Irish chronicle, which covered events in Ireland from pre-history to 1408. Armagh Robinson Library holds the earliest known surviving manuscript copy of the Annals. Later copies are held at the British Library and elsewhere.
Dr McCarthy’s publications include The Irish Annals: Their genesis, evolution and history (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008) and ‘The Genesis and Evolution of the Irish Annals to AD 1000’, Frühmittelalterliche Studien, 52, 2018.
The lecture on the Annals of Clonmacnoise was part of a week of free online lunchtime lectures organised to link with Irish Language Week (Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia). The lecture series was Funded by the Department for Communities. The series also link with items in the collection of Armagh Robinson Library, Northern Ireland’s oldest public library, during its 250th anniversary year.