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The Annals of Ulster (Author: [unknown])

Year U1013


Kalends of January fifth feria,
of the moon. AD 1012 alias 1013.


Mael Sechnaill, at the request of Mael Muire and Brian, made a raid on Conaille in revenge for the profanation of Patrick's Finnfíadech and the breaking of Patrick's staff.


Ualgarg ua Ciardai, king of Cairpre, and Niall ua Ruairc made a great foray into Gailenga, and a few nobles of Mael Sechnaill's household who had been drinking at the time and were intoxicated came upon them and arrogantly gave battle to them; and of these there fell Donnchad son of Donnchad Finn, heir designate of Temair, and Cernachán son of Flann, king of Luigne, and Senán ua Leocháin, king of Gailenga, and many others. Afterwards Mael Sechnaill overtook the invaders, the spoils were abandoned to him, and Ualgarg ua Ciardai, king of Cairpri, fell by his hand, and many others.


Flaithbertach, king of Ailech, led an army to Ed beside Cenannas, and Mael Sechnaill abandoned the hill to him.


Gilla Mo-Chonna son of Fogartach, king of southern Brega, died in his sleep at Mael Sechnaill's house after a drinking-bout. By him the foreigners were yoked to the plough, and two of them made to harrow after them and sow seed from their satchels.


A defeat was inflicted at In Draignén on the men of Mide by the foreigners and the Laigin; one hundred and fifty were slain there, including Flann son of Mael Sechnaill.

    1. (Not with good fortune did the men of Mide
      Set out on Monday for a foray;
      The foreigners were joyful (so it has been heard)
      At In Draignén because of the journey.)



Brian led an army to Áth in Chaerthainn, where he remained for three months.


Murchad son of Brian made a great raid into Laigin, plundered the land to Glenn dá Locha and Cell Maignenn, burned the whole country, and took great spoils and countless captives.


Cathal son of Donnchad son of Dub dá Bairenn inflicted a slaughter on the foreigners, in which fell Amlaíb son of Sitriuc, i.e. the son of the king of the foreigners, and Mathgamain son of Duibgilla son of Amlaíb, and others.


A defeat was inflicted on the Connachta by ua Mael Doraid, in which fell Domnall son of Cathal i.e. the Cat, heir designate of Connacht.


Muirchertach son of Aed ua Néill was killed by the Dál Riatai.


Many fortifications were built by Brian, i.e. the fort of Cenn Coradh, and Inis Gaill Duib and Inis Locha Sainglenn.


The Laigin and the foreigners began warring against Brian, and the Munstermen and Brian were encamped at Sliabh Mairce, and they harried Laigin as far as Áth Cliath.


Mael Sechnaill was killed by the foreigners of Áth Cliath.