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The Annals of Ulster (Author: [unknown])

Year U903


Kalends of January
. AD 902 alias 903.


Caínchomrac, bishop and superior of Lugbad, Mael Ciarán, abbot of Tír dá Glas and Cluain Eidnech and Cellach son of Saergus, anchorite and bishop of Ard Macha, fell asleep in peace.


Mael Finnia son of Flannacán, king of Brega, a religious layman, died.

    1. (The son of Der bFáil, fighting for Brega's plain,
      Was wont to smash every deceitful band,
      Generous Mael Finnia, mighty and valiant,
      A stout hero, very noble and warlike.
    2. We had a king (no risky proceeding)
      Who was a champion towering over the assembly of Emain,
      A man—I say it without risk of contradiction
      Who alone was a match for all Ireland.

    3. p.355

    4. Mael Finnia, a man without arrogance(?),
      Brega's lord, a flame who swept over high places,
      Comely was this choice king of noble bounty,
      Crinna's sovereign, peace-loving though fierce in battle.)


Ceinnétig son of Gaíthíne, king of Laíges, and Aindiaraidh son. of Mael Muire, king of Tuirbe, died.


A killing was committed at Treóit by Mael Mithig son of Flannacán and by Aengus grandson of Mael Sechnaill, at the instigation of Flann son of Mael Sechnaill.