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  • n. in Irish history, a man of science or learning, equivalent to a university professor


Irish ollamh, from Old Irish ollam ‘doctor’. (Wiktionary)


  • The ollamh (ollav), or arch-poet, who was the highest dignitary among the poets, and whose training lasted for some twelve years, was obliged to learn two hundred and fifty of these prime sagas and one hundred secondary ones.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • There were two kinds of poets known to the early Gael. the principle of those was called the filè (filla); there were seven grades of filès, the most exalted being called an ollamh (ollav).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • In short, I have tried to put myself into the position of an _ollamh_ or _sheenachie_ familiar with both forms of Gaelic, and anxious to put his stories in the best way to attract

    Celtic Fairy Tales


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