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Annal M481


The Age of Christ, 481.


The third year of Lughaidh.


Saint Jarlaithe, son of Treana, Bishop of Ard Macha Armagh, resigned his spirit.


Annal M487


The Age of Christ, 487.


The ninth year of Lughaidh.


Mel, Bishop of Ard Achadh, in Teathbha, disciple of Patrick, died.

Annal M488


The Age of Christ, 488.


The tenth year of Lughaidh.


Cianan, Bishop of Doimhliag, died.

Annal M489


The Age of Christ, 489.


The eleventh year of Lughaidh.


Bishop Maccaille, died.


Aenghus, son of Nadfraech, King of Munster, fell in the battle of Cell Osnadha fought against him by Muircheartach Mac Earca, by Illann, son of Dunlaing, by Ailill, son of Dunlaing, and by Eochaidh Guineach, of which was said:

    1. Died the branch, the spreading tree of gold,
      Aenghus the laudable, son of Nadfraech,
      His prosperity was cut off by Illann,
      In the battle of Cell Osnadha the foul.



The battle of Tailtin against the Leinstermen, by Cairbre, son of Niall.

Annal M492


The Age of Christ, 492.


The fourteenth year of Lughaidh.


The battle of Sleamhain, in Meath was fought by Cairbre, son of Niall, against the Leinstermen.

Annal M493


The Age of Christ, 493.


The fifteenth year of Lughaidh.


Patrick, son of Calphurn, son of Potaide, archbishop, first primate, and chief apostle of Ireland, whom Pope Celestine the First had sent to preach the Gospel and disseminate religion and piety among the Irish, was the person who separated them from the worship of idols and spectres, who conquered and destroyed


the idols which they had for worshipping; who had expelled demons and evil spirits from among them, and brought them from the darkness of sin and vice to the light of faith and good works, and who guided and conducted their souls from the gates of hell (to which they were going), to the gates of the kingdom of heaven. It was he that baptized and blessed the men, women, sons and daughters of Ireland, with their territories and tribes, both fresh waters and sea inlets. It was by him that many cells, monasteries, and churches were erected throughout Ireland; seven hundred churches was their number. It was by him that bishops, priests, and persons of every dignity were ordained; seven hundred bishops, and three thousand priests was their number. He worked so many miracles and wonders, that the human mind is incapable of remembering or recording the amount of good which he did upoh earth. When the time of St. Patrick's death approached, he received the Body of Christ from the hands of the holy Bishop Tassach, in the 122nd year of his age, and resigned his spirit to heaven.


There was a rising of battle, and a cause of dissension in the province contending for the body of Patrick after his death. The Ui Neill and the


Oirghialla attempting to bring it to Armagh; the Ulta to keep it with themselves. And the Ui Neill and the Oirghialla came to a certain water, and the river swelled against them so that they were not able to cross it in consequence of the greatness of the flood. When the flood had subsided these hosts united on terms of peace, i.e. the Ui Neill and the Ulta, to bring the body of Patrick with them. It appeared to each of them that each had the body conveying it to their respective territories, so that God separated them in this manner, without a fight or battle. The body of Patrick was afterwards interred at Dun Da Lethglas with great honour and veneration; and during the twelve nights that the religious seniors were watching the body with psalms and hymns, it was not night in Magh Inis or the neighbouring lands, as they thought, but as if it were the full undarkened light of day. Of the year of Patrick's death was said:
    1. Since Christ was born, a correct enumeration,
      Four hundred and fair ninety,
      Three years add to these,
      Till the death of Patrick, chief Apostle.

Annal M494


The Age of Christ, 494.


The sixteenth year of Lughaidh.


The battle of Ceann Ailbhe by Cairbre, son of Niall, against the Leinstermen.

Annal M496


The Age of Christ, 496.


Mochaoi, Abbot of Aendruim, died on the twenty third


day of the month of June.


The battle of Druim Lochmaighe was gained by the Leinstermen over the Ui Neill.


Cormac, of Chrioch In Ernaidhe, successor of Patrick, resigned his spirit.

Annal M497


The Age of Christ, 497.


The nineteenth year of Lughaidh.


The battle of Inde Mor, in Crioch Ua nGabhla, was gained over the Leinstermen and Illann, son of Dunlaing, by Muircheartach mac Earca.

Annal M498


The Age of Christ, 498 recte 503.


The twentieth year of Lughaidh.


Fearghus Mor, son of Erc, son of Eochaidh Muinreamhair, with his brothers, went to Alba Scotland.