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The Annals of Ulster (Author: [unknown])

Year U918


Kalends of January
. AD 917 alias 918.


Mael Eóin, superior and bishop of Ros Cré, and Éicnech, superior of Ára Airthir, died.



Dainél of Cluain Coirpthe, a wonderful custodian of historical lore, fell asleep in peace.


Muirenn, daughter of Suart, abbess of Cell Dara, rested.


The foreigners of Loch dá Chaech, i.e. Ragnall, king of the dark foreigners, and the two jarls, Oitir and Gragabai, forsook Ireland and proceeded afterwards against the men of Scotland. The men of Scotland, moreover, moved against them and they met on the bank of the Tyne in northern Saxonland. The heathens formed themselves into four battalions: a battalion with Gothfrith grandson of Ímar, a battalion with the two jarls, and a battalion with the young lords. There was also a battalion in ambush with Ragnall, which the men of Scotland did not see. The Scotsmen routed the three battalions which they saw, and made a very great slaughter of the heathens, including Oitir and Gragabai. Ragnall, however, then attacked in the rear of the Scotsmen, and made a slaughter of them, although none of their kings or earls was cut off. Nightfall caused the battle to be broken off.


Ethelfled, a very famous queen of the Saxons, dies.


Warfare between Niall son of Aed, king of Temair, and Sitriuc grandson of Ímar.


Mael Mithig son of Flannacán, king of Cnogba, went over to the heathens with a view to defending northern Brega from(?) the heathens, which availed him not at all.