The Age of Christ, 847.
The third year of Maelseachlainn.
Onchu, Bishop, and anchorite of Slaine;
Robhartach, son of Colgan, Abbot of Slaine;
Aenghus, son of Ailghil, Abbot of Domhnach Padraig;
Finsneachta, son of Diarmaid, Abbot of Daimhliag;
Maelfuadaigh, Abbot of Ard Breacain;
Flann, son of Cuanach, Abbot of Mainistir Buithe;
and Arannan, Abbot of Beannchair, died.
Maelmedha, daughter of Aedh, Abbess of Cluain Cuifthin, died.
Conaing, son of Flann, lord of Breagh;
Niall, son of Cinaedh, lord of Ui Failghe;
Cairbre, son of Cinaedh, lord of Ui Mail;
and Ailill, son of Cumasgach, lord of Loch Cal, died.
Tuathal, son of Ceallach, lord of Eile, died.
Flannagan, son of Eochaidh, lord of North Dal Araidhe, was slain by the Cinel Eoghain.
The plundering of Duibhlinn by Maelseachlainn, son of Maelruanaidh, and by Tighearnach, lord of Loch Gabhar.
A fleet of seven score ships of the people of the king of the foreigners came to contend with the foreigners that were in Ireland before them, so that they disturbed Ireland between them.
Maelbreasail, son of Cearnach, lord of Mughdhorna,
p.479was slain by the foreigners, after having embraced a religious life and retired from the world.
The cross which was on the green of Slaine was raised up into the air; it was broken and divided, so that a part of its top reached Tailltin and Finnabhair Abha.
The encampment of Maelseachlainn at Crufait, as Maelfechini said:
- It is time to go across the bright Boinn
into the smooth plain of Meath;
It is there they are in the pure breeze
at this hour at withered Crufait.
Niall, son of Aedh Alainn, lord of Ui Mail, died.
The Age of Christ, 848.
The fourth year of Maelseachlainn.
Cetadach, Abbot of Cluain Mic Nois, died. He was of the tribe of Ui Cormaic Maenmhaighe. It was in lamentation of him this quatrain was composed:
- All have heard it,
both uncommon and common,
That an abbot at Cluain like Cedadach
will never again be seen.
Tuathal, son of Fearadhach, Abbot of Reachrainn and Dearmhach;
Fearchair, son of Muireadhach, Abbot of Lann Leire;
Ruaidhri, Abbot of Lusca;
and Rechtabhra, Abbot of Cluain Fearta Brenainn, died.
Aenghus, son of Suibhne, lord of Mughdhorna, was slain by Gairbheth, son of Maelbrighde.
Maelan, son of Cathmogha, lord of Ui Briuin of South Connaught, was slain by the foreigners.
Cobhthach, son of Maelcobha, lord of Ciarraighe Luachra, died.
Cinaedh, son of Conaing, lord of Cianachta Breagh, rebelled against Maelseachlainn, son of Maelruanaidh, and went with a strong force of foreigners, and plundered the Ui Neill from the Sinnainn to the sea, both churches and territories; and he plundered the island of Loch Gabhor, and afterwards burned it, so that it was level with the ground. They also burned the oratory
p.481of Treoit, within which were three score and two hundred persons.
Loch Laeigh, in the territory of Umhall, in Connaught, migrated.
Braen, son of Ruadhrach, lord of Ui Crumhthainn, and his two brothers, Fogartach and Bruadar, were slain by their own tribe.
The Age of Christ, 849.
The fifth year of Maelseachlainn.
Tibraide Ua Baeitheanaigh, Abbot of Lis Mor;
Colga, son of Ceallach, Abbot of Cill Toma;
Uarghus, Abbot of Leithghlinn;
Scannal, son of Tibraide, Abbot of Domhnach Seachnaill;
and Connagan of Cluain Fearta Brenainn died.
and Olchobhar, son of Cinaedh, King of Caiseal, died.
Cinaeth, son of Conaing, lord of Cianachta Breagh, was drowned in the Ainge by the people of the king, Maelseachlainn, and Tighearnach, lord of Loch Gabhor, to revenge upon him the evils he had committed against the laity and the Church; of which was said:
- Alas, O good people,
his playful days were better!
Great grief that Cinaedh, son of Conaing,
is in a sack approaching the pool!
- After having mangled him in the sea,
great grief came over the army,
On viewing his white ribs
on the strand over the cold Aingi.
Guaire Dall said this:
- O Teamhair, O beloved hill,
thou hast rejected my company;
Thou hadst, if thou hadst not abandoned him,
the materies of a King of all Ireland;
- O Tailtin, who art illustrious, pure,
thou victorious land of women,
It is pleasant to enumerate thy noble tribes
and their virtues at all times.
The Dubhghoill arrived in Ath Cliath, and made a great slaughter of the Finnghoill, and plundered the fortress, both people and property.
p.483depredation by the Dubhghoill upon the Finnghoill, at Linn Duachaill, and they made a great slaughter of them.
A royal meeting at Ard Macha, between Maelseachlainn, son of Maelruanaidh, with the chiefs of Leath Chuinn, and Madudhan, with the chiefs of the province of Conchobhar. Diarmaid and Fethghna, accompanied by the congregations of Patrick, and Suairleach, i.e. of Indednen, with the clergy of Meath.
Caireall, son of Ruadhrach, lord of Loch Uaithne, was slain by the Conaille.
Eochaidh, son of Cearnach, lord of Feara Rois, was slain by the foreigners.
Flannchadh, son of Aenghus, lord of Ui Fothadh Tire, died.
The Age of Christ, 850.
The sixth year of Maelseachlainn.
Maenghal, Abbot of Ard Srath;
Colam, son of Aireachtach, Abbot of Corcach;
Ceallach, son of Crunnmhael, Abbot of Ceann Eitigh;
Condath, Abbot of Ros Ailithir;
Finan, Abbot of Imleach Ibhair;
Finghin, son of Laidhgin, Abbot of Cluain Fearta Molua;
hUarghus Ua Raithnen, Abbot of Leithghlinn;
Learghal, Abbot of Othain;
Forbhasach, son of Maeluidhir, Abbot of Cill Mor Cinnech;
Ceannfaeladh, son of Ultan, wise man of Both Chonais;
and Airtri, son of Faelan,
p.485airchinnech of Cill Dara, died.
Cathal, son of Dubhan, lord of Ui Duach Argad Rois;
Fogartach, son of Maelbreasail, lord of Oirghialla, died.
Flannagan, lord of Leath Chathail, was slain by Flann, son of Conaing.
A fleet of eight score ships of Finnghoill arrived at Snamh Eidhneach, to give battle to the Dubhghoill; and they fought with each other for three days and three nights, and the Dubhghoill gained the victory; the Finnghoill left their ships to them.
Ard Macha was devastated by the foreigners of Linn Duachaille, on the Sunday before Easter.
A slaughter was made of the foreigners in the east of Breagh; and another slaughter was made of them at Rath Aldain, by the Cianachta, in one month.
The Age of Christ, 851.
The seventh year of Maelseachlainn.
Flaithniadh, son of Conghal, Bishop and Abbot of Birra;
Carthach, Abbot of Tir Da Ghlas;
Ailill, son of Robhartach, Abbot of Lusca;
Flann, son of Reachtabhra, Abbot of Liath Manchain;
Andlidh, wise man of Tir Da Ghlas;
Ailgheanan, i.e. son of Donnghal, King of Caiseal, died.
Cathmal, son of Tomaltach, half king of Ulidia, was killed by the foreigners.
Eachtighern, son of Guaire, lord of South Leinster, was treacherously slain by Bruadar, son of Aedh, and Cearbhall, son of Donghal. Bruadar, son of Aedh, was himself slain at the end of eight days afterwards, by the people of Echtighern, in revenge of their lord.
Maelcaurarda, son of Maelbreasail, lord of Ui Mic Uais Oirghiall, died.
Cathal, son of Dubhan, lord of Argat Ros, died.
Cearnach, son of Maelbreasail, lord of Cobha, died.
Oenghus, son of Niall, lord of Ui Berchon, died.
The two successors of Patrick, namely, Forannan, scribe, bishop, and anchorite, and
p.487Diarmaid, the most learned and most wise in all Europe, died.
Amhlaeibh, son of the King of Lochlann, came to Ireland, so that all the foreign tribes in Ireland submitted to him; and they exacted rent from the Gaeidhil the Irish.
Gofraidh, son of Fearghus, chief of the Innsi Gall, died.
The Age of Christ, 852.
The eighth year of Maelseachlainn.
Innreachtach Ua Finachtain, successor of Colum Cille, a distinguished wise man, suffered martyrdom from the Saxons on the twelfth day of March.
Maelseachlainn, King of Ireland, proceeded into Munster, until he arrived at Indeoin Na nDeisi; and he enforced hostages and submission from them, for they had given him opposition at the instigation of the foreigners.
Muirgheal, wife of the King of Leinster, died.
Crunnmhael, son of Maelduin, lord of Ui Fidhgeinte, died.
Tuathal, son of Maelbrighde, King of Leinster, was martyred.
Bruadar, son of Ceannfaeladh, lord of Musgraighe, died.
The Age of Christ, 853.
The ninth year of Maelseachlainn.
Ailill, Abbot of Achadh Bo,
and Robhartach, Abbot of Iniscaindeagha, a scribe, died.
Rudgus, son of Maicniadh, Abbot of Mainistir Buithe, was drowned in the Boinn.
Catan, Abbess of Cill Dara, died.
A hosting was made by Aedh, son of Niall, into Ulidia, where he lost Connegan, son of Colman, and Flaithbheartach, son of Niall, and many others besides.
Muireadhach, lord of Ard Cianachta, died.
The plundering of Loch Cend by the foreigners, after they had entered it on the ice; and one hundred and twenty persons were slain by them, together with Gorman.
The Age of Christ, 854.
The tenth year of Maelseachlainn.
Sodhomna, Bishop of Slaine, received martyrdom from the Norsemen.
Cormac of Laithreach Briuin, scribe, anchorite, and bishop, died.
Suibhne Ua Roichlich,
p.489anchorite, and Abbot of Lis Mor,
and Cathasach, son of Tighearnach, OEconomus of Ard Macha, and who was a learned wise man, died.
Laisren of Tigh Munna died.
Maelseachlainn, son of Maelruanaidh, went to Caiseal of Munster, and again carried off the hostages of the men of Munster.
Great ice and frost, so that the chief lakes and the chief rivers of Ireland were passable to footmen and horsemen, from the ninth of the Calends of December to the eighth of the Ides of January.
The oratory of Lusca was burned by the Norsemen.
A great victory was gained by Aedh, son of Niall, over the Gall Gaeidheala, in Gleann Fhoichle, where he made a slaughter of them.
Dunlang, son of Dubhduin, lord of Fotharta Tire, died.
Faelchadh, son of Forbhasach, lord of Ui Bairrche Maighe, died.
Niall, son of Gillan, after being living thirty years without food or drink, died.
The Age of Christ, 855.
The eleventh year of Maelseachlainn.
Maenghal, Abbot of Fobhar;
Siadhail of Disert Chiarainl;
and Maeloena, son of Olbrann, one of the Luighni of Connaught, Lector of Cluain Mic Nois, died.
Matudan, son of Muireadhach, King of Ulidia, died in religion.
Bran, son of Scannlan, lord of Gabhra, died.
Three persons were burned at Tailltin by lightning.
The Age of Christ, 856.
The twelfth year of Maelseachlainn.
Comsadh, Bishop and Abbot of Cluain Iraird, died.
Tibraide Banbhan, Abbot of Tir Da Ghlas;
Maeltuile, Abbot of Imleach Iubhair;
Ceallach, son of Guaire, lord of Ui Ceinnsealaigh, died.
Cearnach, son of Cinaeth, lord of Ui Bairrche Tire, died.
Maelseachlainn, son of Maelruanaidh, with all the men of Ireland,
p.491except the Munstermen, went into the territories of Munster, and tarried ten nights at Emlidh Emly; he burned and plundered Munster as far as the sea in one day, after having defeated its kings at Carn Lughdhach, where he lost Maelcron, son of Muireadhach, Tanist of Deisi, with many others. Maelseachlainn carried off the hostages of all Munster, from Cumar Tri nUisce to Inis Tarbhnai in the south west of Ireland, and from Dun Cearmna to Ara Airthir, on this expedition.
A victory was gained by Cearbhall, lord of Osraighe, and by Imhar, in the territory of Aradh Tire, over the Cinel Fiachach, with the Gall Gaeidhil the Dano Irish of Leath Chuinn. Four hundred above six thousand was the number which came with Cearbhall and Imhar.
The plundering of Leinster by Cearbhall, son of Dunlang; and he took their hostages, together with Cairbre, son of Dunlang; and Suithenen, son of Arthur.