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Tecosca Cormaic

Tecosca Cormaic "The Instructions of Cormac" is a ninth-century Old Irish gnomic text which is cast as a dialogue between the legendary High-King of Ireland, Cormac mac Airt, and his son Coirpre Lifechair.


  • H 2.18 or Book of Leinster, pp. 343-5 (TCD).
  • 23 P 12 or Book of Ballymote (), ff. 39-41 (RIA)
  • H 2.17, pp. 179-180 (TCD)
  • 23 N 10 (Betham 145), pp. 1-6 (RIA)
  • 23 N 17, pp. 1-6 (RIA)
  • H 4.8 (TCD)
  • Advocates Library VII.3., ff. 9a-9b (Edinburgh). Written by Ádhamh Ó Cuirnín[1]
  • 23 N 27 (Academy 14.4.), pp. 32- (RIA)
  • H. 1.15., pp. 149- (TCD)
  • H. 3.9., pp. 59- (TCD)
  • 23 O 20 (Academy 1.4.), pp. ? (RIA)
  • 23 D 2 (Miscell.), pp. ? (RIA)



  • Meyer, Kuno (ed. and tr.). Tecosca Cormaic. The Instructions of King Cormaic Mac Airt. RIA. Todd Lecture Series 15. Dublin: 1909.

External links

  • Selection from translation by Kuno Meyer
  • Maxim Fomin, "Tecosca Cormaic: the compilation of a wisdom-text." Abstract from Tionól available as PDF
  • Scéla
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