Ní raib clann ná cenélach...

Ní raib clann ná cenélach,
Rub dérechtach díbdathach!

(not * may be * offspring * nor * kindred /
may he be * deserted * extinct)

May there not be offspring or kindred,
may he be abandoned and childless!

This was the curse that Adomnáin inflicted on his opponent, King Irgalach, in paragraph 21 of “Cáin Adomnáin”. For more of the same, see “Ben in cluiccín for Domnall” in this collection.

Topics: Curses & Insults