(from Miles Dillonšs Early Irish Literature )
The oldest Irish Documents are in verse:
1. Leabhar na Huidre, The Book of the Dun Cow - before 1106 - contains
2. Leabhar Laighin Book of Leinster - before 1160 - contains history,
geneology, sagas and poetry.
3. Dinnshenchas History of Places -found in leaves written in the 12th
century- contains legends in prose and verse explaining names of families,
places, rivers, lakes and hills.
4. Four great volumes written in the late 14th or early 15th century, in the
The Yellow Book of Lecan (contains ˛Táin Bo Cualnge˛)
The Great Book of Lecan
The Book of HyMany
The Book of Ballymote
5. Three other folios:
Lebor Brecc Speckled Book of MacEgan -late 14th century
The Book of Fermoy 15th century
The Book of Lismore 15th century
The last professional scribe was Joseph Ķ Longan who died in the 1880šs.
Keatingšs History of Ireland was c. 1640