‘This splendid work encapsulates Irish history.’ – The Irish Times
Irish Names contains just under a thousand names selected from the enormous wealth of historical sources – annals, genealogies, myth, legend and epic poetry – that make up the literature of early medieval Ireland. Of the extraordinary variety of names available to the early Irish – some twelve thousand are recorded – only a handful are in current use. This classic work of reference explains the background and meaning of these names, and provides a fascinating insight into the society in which they had their origin.
DONNCHADH O CORRAIN is Professor of Irish History at University College Cork. He specialises in early medieval history, and has published numerous articles on the subject.
FIDELMA MAGUIRE is a graduate of University College Galway. She teaches history at Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Cork.