The Age of Christ, 817.
Reachtabhra Ua Muichtighearn, wise man and Abbot of Imleach Iubhair;
Muireadhach, son of Crunnmhael, Abbot of Disert Ternog;
Crunnmhael, son of Ailell, successor of Cianan of Daimhliag;
Laisren of Cill Dara;
Crunnmhael of Tigh Munna;
and Connmach Ua Cathail, wise man of Cluain Fearta Brenainn, died.
The devastation of the territory of Cualann, and of Leinster as far as Gleann Da Locha, by Aedh Oirdnidhe.
A battle between the Cinel Conaill and Cinel Eoghain, in which Maelbreasail, son of Murchadh, lord of Cinel Conaill, was slain by Murchadh, son of Maelduin.
Cathal, son of Dunlaing, lord of Ui Ceinnsealaigh, died.
Conghalach, son of Fearghal, lord of Feara Cul, died.
After Aedh Oirdnidhe, the son of Niall Frasach, had been twenty five years in the sovereignty of Ireland, he died at Ath Da Fhearta, in Magh Conaille, after the victory of penance.
Artri, son of Conchobhar, went to Connaught with the shrine of Patrick.
The plundering of Leinster, by Aedh Oirdnidhe, i.e. the territory of Cualann, as far as Gleann Da Locha.
The Age of Christ, 818.
The first year of Conchobhar, son of Donnchadh, son of Domhnall, in sovereignty over Ireland.
Maeltuile, Abbot of
Crunnmhael, son of Odhran, Abbot of Cluain Iraird;
and Dalach, son of Conghus, successor of Cianan of Daimhliag, died.
An army was led by Murchadh, son of Maelduin, to Druim Indech, having the Ui Neill of the North along with him. Conchobhar, King of Ireland, with the Ui Neill of the South and the Leinstermen, came from the South, on the other hand; and when they came to one place, it happened, through the miracles of God, that they separated from each other for that time without slaughter, or one of them spilling a drop of the other's blood.
The Age of Christ, 819.
The second year of Conchobhar.
Ceannfaeladh, son of Ruaman, scribe, bishop, anchorite, and Abbot of Ath Truim,
and Flann of Dairinis, died.
The plundering of Edar by the foreigners, who carried off a great prey of women.
The plundering of Beg Eire and Dairinis Caemhain by them also.
An army was led by Conchobhar, son of Donnchadh, to Ard Achadh of Sliabh Fuaid, and all the Airtheara were devastated by him, as far as Eamhain Macha.
The Age of Christ, 820.
The third year of Conchobhar.
Mac Riagail Ua Maglena, scribe, Bishop, and Abbot of Birra;
Laithbheartach, son of Aenghus, Bishop of Cluain Fearta Brenainn;
Eocha Ua Tuathail, anchorite, Bishop, and Abbot of Lughmhadh;
Olcobhar, son of Cummuscach, Abbot of Cluain Fearta Brenainn;
Forbhasach, Abbot of Achadh Bo Cainnigh;
and Aildeabhair of Cill Manach, died.
An army was led by Murchadh, son of Maelduin, having the men of the North with him, until he arrived at Ard Breacain. The men of Breagh and the race of Aedh Slaine went over to him, and gave him hostages at Druim Fearghusa.
Cumascach, son of Tuathal, lord of Ard Cianachta, was
p.433slain by Murchadh.
A victory was gained over the men of Ard Cianachta, in the battle of Carn Conain, by Comascach, son of Conghalach, wherein was slain Eodhos, son of Tighearnach, and many others along with him.
A victory was gained by the Ui Garbhain and the Cuircne over the Dealbhna.
The plundering of Inis Doimhle and Corcach Cork by the foreigners.
The Age of Christ, 821.
The fourth year of Conchobhar.
Diarmaid, son of Donnchadh, Abbot of Ross Each;
Dubhdachrich, son of Maeltuile, Abbot of Cill Achaidh;
Muireadhach, son of Ceallach, Abbot of Cill Dara;
Seachnasach of Loch Cendin, Bishop and anchorite,
Cucaech, Abbot of Cluain Uamha;
Forbhasach, successor of Bairre of Corcach.
Sealbhach of Inis Pich;
and Conghal, son of Irghalach, Prior of Cluain Mic Nois, died.
Fineachta, son of Badhbhchadh, lord of the Deisi, died.
Fearghal, son of Catharnach, lord of Loch Riach, died.
Conaing, son of Conghal, lord of Teathbha, died.
The deposing of Murchadh, son of Maelduin, by Niall Caille, son of Aedh Oirdnidhe, and by the Cinel Eoghain.
The Age of Christ, 822.
The fifth year of Conchobhar in the sovereignty.
Muireadhach, son of Ceallach, Abbot of Conlaedh, died.
The plundering of Beannchair by the foreigners; the oratory was broken, and the relics of Comhghall were shaken from the shrine in which they were, as Comhghall himself had foretold, when he said:
- It will be true, true,
by the will of the supreme King of kings,
My bones shall be brought, without defect,
from the beloved Beannchair to Eantrobh.
Niall, son of Fearghus, lord of Ui Forannain, died.
The battle of Finnabhair between the men of Teathbha themselves, in which Aedh, son of Fogartach, and many others, were slain.
Eochaidh, son of Breasal, lord of Dal Araidhe of the North, was slain by his own people.
Spealan, son of Sloigheadhach, lord of Conaille Muirtheimhne;
Tighearnach, son of Cathmogha, lord of Aidhne;
and Finnagan, son of Cosgrach, lord of Breaghmhaine, died.
The law of Patrick was promulgated over Munster by Felim, son of Crimhthann, and by Airtri, son of Conchobhar, i.e. Bishop of Ard Macha.
The Age of Christ, 823.
The sixth year of Conchobhar.
Cuana of Lughmhadh, wise man and bishop;
Diarmaid, grandson of Aedh Roin, who was an anchorite, and a distinguished doctor;
Cuimneach, Abbot of Finnghlais;
Aedhan, Abbot of Tamhlacht Maeleruain;
Suibhne, son of Fearghus; Abbot of Dun Leathglaisi, anchorite and Bishop;
Flannabhra, Abbot of Magh Bile;
Colman, son of Aileall, Abbot of Slaine, and also of other churches in France and Ireland;
Maelrubha, anchorite, Bishop and Abbot of Ard Breacain;
p.437son of Foircheallach, Abbot of Lis Mor, died.
Fearghal, son of Cathasach, lord of Loch Riach, died.
Aenghus, son of Maelduin, lord of Loch Gabhar, died.
Blathmac, son of Flann, received the crown of martyrdom, for he was killed by the foreigners at I Coluim Cille.
Dun Da Leathghlas was plundered by the foreigners.
The burning by them, moreover, of Magh Bile, with its oratories,
and the plundering of Inis Doimhle.
A battle was gained in Magh Inis Lecale by the Ulidians over the foreigners, wherein many were slain.
A victory was gained by the foreigners over the Osraighi.
Maelbreasail, son of Ailell Cobha, lord of Dal Araidhe, died.
The Age of Christ, 824.
The seventh year of Conchobhar.
Clemens, bishop, Abbot of Cluain Iraird;
Ruthmael, Bishop and Abbot of Cluain Fearta Brenainn, died.
Connmhach, son of Saerghus, Abbot of Ros Ailithir;
and Baethlocha, Abbot of Birra, died.
Maelduin, son of Gormghal, lord of Ui Meith, died in religion.
Diarmaid, son of Niall, lord of South Breagh;
Niall, son of Diarmaid, lord of Meath, died.
Art, son of Diarmaid, lord of Teathbha, was slain.
The burning of Dealbhna Beathra by Feidhlimidh, son of Crimhthann.
The law of Patrick was promulgated throughout the three divisions of Connaught by Airtri, son of Conchobhar, i.e. Bishop of Ard Macha.
The Age of Christ, 825.
The eighth year of Conchobhar.
Echtghus, successor of Maelruain of Tamhlacht, died.
Abnier, Abbot of Cill Achaidh, died.
Maenach, son of Crunnmhael, Prior of Feara Rois, died.
The violation of Eoghan Mainistreach, as to the primacy of Ard Macha; for Cumasgach, son of Cathal, lord of Airghialla, forcibly drove him from it, and set up Airtri, son of Conchobhar (half brother of Cumasgach by the mother), in his place.
Eoghan, who was lector of Mainistir, composed this quatrain, when he sent his psalm singer to converse with Niall Caille! he being Niall's spiritual adviser concerning
p.439the successorship of Patrick, for he (i.e. Niall) was powerful in Ulster:
- Say to Niall that not lucky for him will be
the curse of Eoghan, son of Anmchadh;
He will not be in the kingdom in which he is,
unless his spiritual adviser be abbot.
The summary result was, that Niall mustered his forces, namely, the races of Conall and Eoghan; and Cumusgach, lord of Airghialla, and Muireadhach, son of Eochadh, lord of Ui Eathach Uladh, mustered the Airghialla and the Ulidians; and a spirited battle was fought between them, i. e. the battle of Leithi Cam, in Magh Enir. It was to foretell this battle that Dachiarog, i.e. the Saint of Airigul, prophesied:
- Lethi Cam!
great heroes shall perish there,
They shall be caught at Leth Luin,
though far, though late, though slow.
It was to predict the same battle that Beg mac De said:
- Leithe Cam!
a fierce pair there shall meet;
Eoghan shall be king over Eoghan;
noble the conflict which will be there.
This was fulfilled accordingly, for the victory was gained over the troops of Aileach, by the Airghialla, on the two first days; but on the third day, when Niall himself came into the battle at Leithi Luin, in the vicinity of Leithi Cam, the Airghialla were defeated, cut down, and pursued to Craebh Caille, over the Callainn, to the west of Ard Macha; and the battle was gained over the Ulidians and Airghialla, and a slaughter made of them. There were slain here Cumusgach and Conghalach, two sons of Cathal, and other nobles of the Airghialla. Eoghan afterwards assumed the arch successorship, which he retained for a period of nine years afterwards, through the power of Niall Caille, &c. A senior of the family of Ard Macha said, after the slaughter of the Airghialla in the battle of Leithi Cam:
- Not well have we gained our goal,
not well have we passed by Leire;
Not well have we taken Eoghan
in preference to any pilgrim in Ireland.
A royal meeting at Birra between Conchobhar, son of Donnchadh, King of Ireland, and Feidhlimidh, i.e. son of Crimhthann, King of Munster.
Flaitheamh, son of Donghalach, lord of the North, was killed.
Cormac, son of Domhnall, lord of Deisi, died.
Lusca was plundered by the foreigners.
Flannghus, son of Loingseach, Abbot of Ard Macha, died.
The destruction of the fair of Tailltin, against the Gaileanga, by Conchobhar, son of Donnchadh, on which occasion many were slain.
The destruction of the fair of Colman by Muireadhach, against the South Leinstermen, where many were slain.
The destruction of Dun Laighen, at Druim, by the Pagans, where Conaing, son of Cuchongelt, lord of the Fortuatha, was slain, with many others.
The Age of Christ, 826.
The ninth year of Conchobhar.
Aedh, son of Ceallach, Abbot of Cill Dara;
Robhartach, son of Cathasach, airchinneach of Cluain Mor Arda;
Connmhach Ua Loichene, Abbot of Saighir;
Murchiu, Abbot of Druimineasclainn;
Ciaran the Wise, of Ros Cre;
and Clemens, Abbot of Linn Duachaill, died.
The martyrdom of Temhnen, anchorite, by the foreigners.
A battle was gained over the foreigners by Cairbre, son of Cathal, lord of
A battle was gained by Leathlobhar, son of Loingseach, King of Ulidia, over the foreigners.
Muireadhach, son of Ruadhrach, King of Leinster, died.
Cinaedh, son of Moghron, lord of Ui Failghe, died.
Uada, son of Diarmaid, lord of Teathbha, was slain.