The Age of Christ, 547.
The ninth year of Diarmaid.
The King of Ulidia, Eochaidh, son of Connla, son of Caelbhadh, son of Crunn Badhrai, died.
The chief of Teathbha, Crimhthann, son of Brian, died.
St. Dubhthach, Abbot of Ard Macha Armagh, died. He was of the race of Colla Uais.
The Age of Christ, 548.
The tenth year of Diarmaid.
St. Ciaran, son of the artificer, Abbot of Cluain Mic Nois, died on the ninth day of September. Thirty three years was the length of his life.
St. Tighearnach, Bishop of Cluain Eois, died on the 4th of April.
St. Mac Tail of Cill Cuilinn (i.e. Eoghan, son of Corcran), died on the eleventh day of the month of June.
St. Colum, son of Crimhthann, died.
St. Sincheall the elder, son of Ceanannan, Abbot of Cill Achaidh Dromafoda, died on the twenty sixth day of March. Thirty and three hundred years was the length of his life.
St. Odhran, of Leitrioch Odhrain, died on the second day of the month of October.
St. Finnen, Abbot of Cluain Eraird, tutor of the saints of Ireland, died.
St. Colam, of Inis Cealtra, died. Of the mortality which was called the Cron Chonaill,
p.189and that was the first Buidhe Chonaill,these saints died, except Ciaran and Tighearnach.
The death of Eochaidh, son of Connlo, King of Ulidia, from whom are the Ui Eathach Uladh.Tighernach.
The Age of Christ, 550.
The twelfth year of Diarmaid.
David, son of Guaire Ua Forannain, Bishop of Ard Macha Armagh and Legate of all Ireland, died.
The Age of Christ, 551.
The thirteenth year of Diarmaid.
St. Neasan, the leper, died.
Feargna, son of Aenghus, King of Ulidia, was slain in the battle of Druim Cleithe, by Deman, son of Caireall, and by the Ui Eathach Arda.
The Age of Christ, 552.
The fourteenth year of Diarmaid.
The church of Bennchar was founded by Comhgall of Beannchar.
The feast of Teamhair was made by the King of Ireland, Diarmaid, son of Fearghus Ceirbheoil.
The killing of Colman Mor, son of Diarmaid, in his chariot, by Dubhshlat Ua Treana, one of the Cruithni.
The Age of Christ, 553.
The fifteenth year of Diarmaid.
Brenainn of Birra was seen ascending in a chariot into the sky this year.
Cluain Fearta was founded by St. Brenainn.
The Age of Christ, 554.
The sixteenth year of Diarmaid.
St. Cathub, son of Fearghus, Abbot of Achadh Cinn, died on the 6th of April. One hundred and fifty years was the length of his life.
The last feast of Teamhair was made by Diarmaid, King of Ireland.
Curnan, son of Aedh, son of Eochaidh Tirmcharna, i. e. the son of the King of Connaught, was put to death by Diarmaid, son of Cearbhall, in violation of
p.193the guarantee and protection of Colum Cille, having been forcibly torn from his hands, which was the cause of the battle of Cul Dreimhne.
The Age of Christ, 555.
The seventeenth year of Diarmaid.
The battle of Cul Dreimhne was gained against Diarmaid, son of Cearbhall, by Fearghus and Domhnall, the two sons of Muircheartach, son of Earca; by Ainmire, son of Sedna; and by Ainnidh, son of Duach; and by Aedh, son of Eochaidh Tirmcharna, King of Connaught. It was in revenge of the killing of Curnan, son of Aedh, son of Eochaidh Tirmcharna, while under the protection of Colum Cille, the Clanna Neill of the North and the Connaughtmen gave this battle of Cul Dreimhne to King Diarmaid; and also on account of the false sentence
p.195which Diarmaid passed against Colum Cille about a book of Finnen, which Colum had transcribed without the knowledge of Finnen, when they left it to award of Diarmaid, who pronounced the celebrated decision, To every cow belongs its calf, &c. Colum Cille said:
- O God, wilt thou not drive off the fog,
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which envelopes our number,
The host which has deprived us of our livelihood,
- The host which proceeds around the carns!
He is a son of storm who betrays us.
My Druid,he will not refuse me,
is the Son of God, and may he side with me;
- How grandly he bears his course,
the steed of Baedan before the host;
Power by Baedan of the yellow hair
will be borne from Ireland on him the steed.
Fraechan, son of Teniusan, was he who made the Erbhe Druadh for Diarmaid. Tuathan, son of Dimman, son of Saran, son of Cormac, son of Eoghan, was he who placed the Erbhe Druadh over his head. Three thousand was the number that fell of Diarmaid's people. One man only fell on the other side, Mag Laim was his name, for it was he that passed beyond the Erbhe Druadh.
The Age of Christ, 556.
The eighteenth year of Diarmaid.
The battle of Cuil Uinnsenn, in Teathbha, was fought against Diarmaid, by Aedh, son of Breanainn, chief of Teathbha; and Diarmaid was routed from the field of battle.
The Age of Christ, 557.
The nineteenth year of Diarmaid.
St. Bec, son of De, a celebrated prophet, died.
Colum Cille went to Scotland, where he afterwards founded a church, which was named from him.
The battle of Moin Doire Lothair was gained over the Cruithnigh, by the Ui Neill of the North, i. e. by the Cinel Conaill and Cinel Eoghain, wherein fell seven chieftains of the Cruithnigh, together with Aedh Breac; and it was on this occasion that the Lee and Carn Eolairg were forfeited to the Clanna Neill of the North. Ceannfaeladh composed the following:
- Sharp weapons were strewn, men were strewn,
in Moin Mor Doire Lothair,
Because of a partition not just;
the seven kings of the Cruithni, with Aedh Breac, were in the slaughter.
- The battle of all the Cruithne was fought,
and Elne was burned.
The battle of Gabbra Liffe was fought,
and the battle of Cul Dreimhne.
- They bore away hostages after conflict,
thence westwards towards Cnuas Nuach,
Fearghus, Domhnall, Ainmire,
and Nainnidh, son of Duach.
- The two sons of Mac Earca
returned to the same battle,
And the king, Ainmire,
returned into the possessions of his father Seadna.