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The Annals of Ulster (Author: [unknown])

Year U921


Kalends of January
. AD 920 alias 921.


Maenach son of Siadal, successor of Comgall, chief master of erudition in the island of Ireland, fell asleep.


Domnall grandson of Mael Sechnaill was deceitfully killed by his brother Donnchad, which was fitting.


Ciarán, abbot of Daiminis, rests.


Mael Sechnaill grandson of Flann, heir designate of Temair, Fiachra son of Cathalán, king of Caille Fallamhain, and Ragnall grandson of Ímar, king of the fair foreigners and the dark foreigners—all died.


Gothfrith grandson of Ímar entered Áth Cliath.


Cinaed son of Domnall, superior of Daire Calgaig and Druim Tuama, and chief counsellor of Cenél Conaill of the North, died.


A fleet of the foreigners came into Loch Febail, i.e. Acolb with thirty-two ships. Cennrig was quickly(?) and completely abandoned by them, except for a few who remained behind in it through sloth. Fergal son of Domnall, king of the North, was in hostilities with them, and killed the crew of one of their ships and wrecked the ship and took its booty. Another naval force was at Cenn Magair on the coast of Tír Conaill, i.e. under the son of Uathmarán son of Barid, with twenty ships.


Ard Macha was invaded by the foreigners of Áth Cliath, i.e. by Gothfrith grandson of Ímar, with his army, on the fourth of the Ides 10th of November, the Saturday before the feast of Martin, and the prayer-houses with their complement of culdees and sick he spared from destruction, and also the monastery, save for a few dwellings which were burned through carelessness. They harried widely on all sides, westwards to Inis Ua Labrada, eastwards to the Banna, and northwards to Mag Ilesen. But Muirchertach son of Niall and Aignert son of Murchad came upon the force that had gone north, defeating them, and they left many dead behind, only a few escaping in the dim light of dusk.


A lunar eclipse on the third feria, the fifteenth of the Kalends of January at the first hour of night.


Flaithbertach son of Muirchertach abbot of Cluain Mór dies.

    1. Of what value is the possession (?) of undiminished wealth,
      Of what value the repute of competent scholars,
      Since fair hospitable Flaithbertach
      Has parted with the preferment of Cluain Mór?