The Age of Christ, 499 recte 504.
The twenty first year of Lughaidh.
Cerban, a bishop of Feart Cearbain, at Teamhair, died.
The battle of Seaghais was fought by Muircheartach mac Earca against Duach Teangumha, King of Connaught. The cause of the battle was this, viz.: Muircheartach was a guarantee between the King and Eochaidh Tirmcharna, his brother, and Eochaidh was taken prisoner against the protection of Muircheartach. In proof of which Ceannfaeladh said:
- The battle of Seaghais;
a certain woman caused it;
red blood was over lances,
By Duiseach, daughter of Duach.
- The battle of Dealga, the battle of Mucramha,
and the battle of Tuaim Drubha,
With the battle of Seaghais,
wherein fell Duach Teangumha.
Against the Connaughtmen these battles were gained.
The Age of Christ, 500.
The twenty second year of Lughaidh.
Saint Ibhar, the bishop, died on the twenty third day of the month of April.
Three hundred and four years was the length of his life.
The battle of Lochmagh by the Leinstermen, against the Ui Neill.
The Age of Christ, 501.
The twenty third year of Lughaidh.
The battle of Freamhain, in Meath, against Fiacha, son of Niall, by Failge Berraidhe, concerning which this quatrain was composed:
- The other king whom I shall mention
was Fiacha, son of Niall, I shall not conceal him;
It was against him, contrary to a false prophecy,
the battle of Freamhain in Meath, was gained.
The Age of Christ, 503.
After Lughaidh, son of Laeghaire, had been twenty five years in the sovereignty of Ireland, he was killed at Achadh Farcha,
p.165being struck by a flash of lightning, by the miracles of God, on account of the insult which he had offered to Patrick, as this quatrain states:
- At Achadh Farcha warlike,
the death of Laeghaire's son, Lughaidh occurred,
Without praise in heaven or here,
a heavy flash of lightning smote him.
Eochaidh, son of Muireadhach Muindearg, King of Uladh, died.
The Age of Christ, 504.
The first year of Muircheartach, son of Muireadhach, son of Eoghan, son of Niall, as king over Ireland.
The Age of Christ, 506.
The third year of Muircheartach.
Illann, son of Dunlaing, King of Leinster, died.
The battle of Luachair was fought by Cucorb against the Ui Neill, of which was said:
- The fierce battle of Luachair, over head,
Brighit saw, no vain vision;
The bloody battle of Fionnabhair was noble,
about the body of Illann after his death.
The Age of Christ, 507.
The fourth year of Muircheartach.
The battle of Druim Deargaighe was gained against Foilghe Berraidhe, by Fiacha, son
p.167of Niall. From that time forward the land extending from Cluain In Dibhair to Uisneach belongs to the Cinel Fiachach, as Ceannfaeladh said:
- The vengeance of God lasted for seven years;
But the joy of his heart was
The battle of Druim Deargaighe,
By which the plain of Meath was detached.
The Age of Christ, 511.
The eighth year of Muircheartach.
Saint Bron, Bishop of Cuil Irra, in Connaught, died on the eighth day of the month of June.
The Age of Christ, 512.
The ninth year of Muircheartach,
Saint Erc, Bishop of Lilcach and of Fearta Fear Feig, by the side of Sidhe Truim, to the west, died on the second day of the month of November. His age was four score
p.169and ten years when he departed. This Bishop Erc was judge to Patrick. It was for him Patrick composed this quatrain:
- Bishop Erc,
Every thing he adjudged was just;
Every one that passes a just judgment
Shall receive the blessing of Bishop Erc.
Dubhthach, i.e. of Druim Dearbh, Bishop of Ard Macha Armagh, resigned his spirit.
The Age of Christ, 513.
The tenth year of Muircheartach.
Saint Macnisi, i.e. Aenghus, Bishop of Coinnere Connor, died on the third day of November.
The battle of Dedna, in Droma Breagh, by Muircheartach mac Earca, and by Colga, son of Loite, son of Crunn, son of Feidhlimidh, son of Colla Dachrich, chief of Airghialla, where Ardghal, son of Conall Creamhthainne, son of Niall, was slain.