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Cite this: eDIL s.v. écmacht or
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adj (cumacht) I powerless: écmacht arindí nád cumaing maith do denom (gl. nequam) Sg. 50a14 . Cf. is ed nuall n-ecmacht annsin la Feine, bruidhem im a cuirm, ilach iar mbuadugad do memraib flatha, Laws v 358.4 (nuall n-e.¤ shouting without power i.e. empty or idle noise?). Cf. the people-name pn Fir Ool n-écmacht men of weak liquor(?): do feraib Ool n-ecmacht do suidib, Rawl. 118b7 . co firu Ol n-ecmacht , 142b20 . 149b23 . See Heldensage 76 .

II In an obj. sense impossible, that which is not feasible: is écmacht doib denum neich condegar cuccu it is impossible for them to do what is asked of them (gl. impossibile factu) Ml. 48a7 . rod bia...acht ni bes ecmacht dun, O'Curry 776 = Laws i 72.7 . is ead ecmacht caich, ni na tuca the e.¤ of each person is that which he cannot bring Laws v 466 x . ni hicar ni i n-ecmacht (i.e. nothing is paid when there is no power to pay) ib. cach n-ecmacht co slan cuibse, 156.17 (with gl.: cach ni is eccomachta don fir amuic[h], co slaintiugad a cubais don fir tall, na caemnacar a denam indus bu dligthige, 158.25 ). ecmachta ratha things impossible as stock 222.1 . ecmachta tellaig, 466 w . is di ecmachtaib gell la Feine mucca, ar ni tuillet side acht muicc i muin araile, 404.17 . Hence, in a concrete sense, n a place difficult of access ( Ériu ix 40 ): rud mar no ecmacht a great wood or an inaccessible place Laws iv 194.21 . as na frithib fogabait i n-ecmacht; ar [a] annsacht doib in baile asa tucsat is aire is bec berar uaithibh (`from the estrays which they find in an inaccessible situation; it is because of the difficulty of the place from which they took them that so little is levied on them' Ériu ix 40 - 41 ) Laws iv 198.9 Comm.

Cf. the follg. from the tract on the Law of Asylum in Eg. 88, 55ff. ( O'Gr. Cat. 101 ): is oghslán don ecmacht ainfis anfaitcis acht luighi nama, O'Curry 2642 . Of the slaying of a refugee: is cutruma an luighi ata uadha iarsna tri gneithibh so .i. ecmacht anfis anfaitchis. ecmacht .i. nech segar dia ghuin no dia marbadh can cinta. Is é in t-egmacht ar tús an fear robui ar an comairce ┐ rob uiriasacht docuaidh rompo d'fechsain na cuitichta adconnairc seocha, ┐ as iat robui ann a biubudh, ┐ do cuaidhsim dia marbadh, is [s]lan doibsim a marbadhsom the e.¤ is the man who was being safeguarded by consent, and went on before them (his escort) to look at the company he saw passing by, and it was his enemies who were there, and he went to slay them; (in that case) they are not held guilty of slaying him, ib. 2645-6 . Cf. Laws iv 228 .

Ól n-écmacht

Cite this: eDIL s.v. Ól n-écmacht or


pn an old name of Connacht , used later in poetry. roptar íat dā coiced ro techtsat cland Heremoin .i. cóiced nGáleoin ┐ coiced Ól nÉcmacht (.i. coiced Connacht), LU 4079 . do ḟeraib Ól nEcmacht. Dib-side congairther Con- nachta indiu, LL 311c22 . ro lil Coígidh Olnécmachta do choiged Connacht, Cóir Anm. 77 (leg. ainm C. Ól.?). eich fer n-Ólnecmacht, O'Mulc. 510. do ordugud righe Cairnd Ol- necmachta, ZCP viii 102.7 = do o.¤ fer cuigid Connacht, Ériu ii 186.5 . d'ḟéachain Chóigidh Ól nÉagmhocht, TD 2.3 .