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The Annals of Ulster (Author: [unknown])

Year U919


Kalends of January
. AD 918 alias 919.


Easter on the seventh of the Kalends of May 25 April and Low Sunday on the second day of summer.


Aed grandson of Mael Sechnaill was blinded by his kinsman, Donnchad, king of Mide.


The heathens won a battle against the Irish at Duiblinn in which fell Niall Glúndub son of Aed, king of Ireland, in the third year of his reign, on the fourth feria, the eighteenth of the Kalends of October 14 Sept., and here fell also Aed son of Eochucán, king of Conchobor's Province, and Mael Mithig son of Flannacán, king of Brega, and Conchobor grandson of Mael Sechnaill, heir designate or king of Temair, and Flaithbertach son of Domnall, heir designate of the North, and the son of Dub Sínaig, i.e. Mael Craibe, king of Airgialla, and many other nobles.—The battle of Áth Cliath won by the foreigners.


    1. (Mournful today is virginal Ireland
      Without a mighty king in command of hostages;
      It is to view the heaven and not to see the sun
      To behold Niall's plain without Niall.
    2. It has no mirth (a possession of real worth),
      It has no peace nor pleasure in a throng,
      It is powerless to enjoy itself at a fair,
      Since he who brings tears of sorrow has cast it down.
    3. Sad indeed, o yellowing plain of Brega,
      O lovely desirable land,
      That you have parted from your lordly king,
      That glorious deadly Niall has left you.
    4. Where now are the princes of the western world,
      Where now the horror of every clang of arms
      Since valiant Niall of Cnucha
      Has brought desolation to his great cantred?)


Cet son of Flaithbertach, king of Corcu Mruad, and Tigernach grandson of Cléirech, king of Uí Fhiachrach of Aidne, died.