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Annals of the Four Masters (Author: [unknown])

Annal M435


The Age of Christ, 435.


The seventh year of Laeghaire.


Breasal Bealach, son of Fiacha Aiceadh, son of Cathaeir Mor (King of Leinster), died.

Annal M436


The Age of Christ, 436.


The eighth year of the reign of Laeghaire.

Annal M437


The Age of Christ, 437.


The ninth year of Laeghaire.


Finnbharr Mac Ua Bairdene, died.

Annal M438


The Age of Christ, 438.


The tenth year of Laeghaire.


The Seanchus and Feinechus of Ireland were purified and written, the writings and old books of Ireland having been collected and brought to one place, at the request of Saint Patrick. These were the nine supporting props by whom this was done: Laeghaire, i.e. King of Ireland, Corc, and Daire, the three kings; Patrick, Benen, and Cairneach, the three saints; Ross, Dubhthach, and Fearghus, the three antiquaries, as this quatrain testifies:


    1. Laeghaire, Corc, Daire the stern,
      Patrick, Benen, Cairneach the just,
      Ross, Dubhthach, Fearghus with goodness,
      the nine props these of the Seanchus Mor.

Annal M440


The Age of Christ, 440.


The twelfth year of Laeghaire.


Maine, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, died.

Annal M444


The Age of Christ, 444.


The sixteenth year of Laeghaire, son of Niall, in the sovereignty.

Annal M447


The Age of Christ, 447.


The nineteenth year of Laeghaire.


Secundinus, i.e. Seachnall Mac Ua Baird, the son of Patrick's sister, Darerca, Bishop of Ard Macha Armagh, yielded his spirit on the twenty seventh of November, in the seventy fifth year of his age.

Annal M448


The Age of Christ, 448.


The twentieth year of Laeghaire.


    1. The family of Patrick of the prayers,
      who had good Latin,
      I remember; no feeble court were they,
      their order, and their names.
    2. Sechnall, his bishop without fault;
      Mochta after him his priest;


      Bishop Erc his sweet spoken Judge;
      his champion, Bishop Maccaeirthinn;
    3. Benen, his psalmist;
      and Coemhan, his chamberlain;
      Sinell his bell ringer,
      and Aithcen his true cook;
    4. The priest Mescan, without evil,
      his friend and his brewer;
      The priest Bescna, sweet his verses,
      the chaplain of the son of Alprann.
    5. His three smiths, expert at shaping,
      Macecht, Laebhan, and Fortchern.
      His three artificers, of great endowment,
      Aesbuite, Tairill, and Tasach.

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    7. His three embroiderers, not despicable,
      Lupaid, Erca, and Cruimthiris.
      Odhran, his charioteer, without blemish,
      Rodan, son of Braga, his shepherd.
    8. Ippis, Tigris, and Erca,
      and Liamhain, with Eibeachta:
      For them Patrick excelled in wonders,
      for them he was truly miraculous.
    9. Carniuch was the priest that baptized him;
      German his tutor, without blemish.
      The priest Manach, of great endowment,
      was his man for supplying wood.
    10. His sister's son was Banban, of fame;
      Martin his mother's brother.
      Most sapient was the youth
      Mochonnoc, his hospitaller.

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    12. Cribri and Lasra, of mantles,
      beautiful daughters of Gleaghrann.
      Macraith the wise, and Erc,—
      he prophesied in his three wills.
    13. Brogan, the scribe of his school;
      the priest Logha, his helmsman,—
      It is not a thing unsung,—
      and Machui his true fosterson.
    14. Good the man whose great family they were,
      to whom God gave a crozier without sorrow;
      Chiefs with whom the bells are heard,
      a good family was the family of Patrick.
    15. May the Trinity, which is powerful over all,
      distribute to us the boon of great love;
      The king who, moved by soft Latin,
      redeemed by Patrick's prayer.

Annal M449


The Age of Christ, 449.


The twenty first year of Laeghaire.


Amhalghaidh, son of Fiachra, son of Eochaidh Muighmheadhoin, died. From him Tir Amhalghaidh is named.

Annal M453


The Age of Christ, 453.


The twenty fifth year of Laeghaire.


A great defeat was given by Laeghaire to the Leinstermen.