The Age of Christ, 867.
The seventh year of Aedh.
Ailill of Clochar, scribe, bishop, and Abbot of Clochar;
Cormac, son of Eladhach, Abbot of Saighir, bishop and scribe;
Niallan, Bishop of Slaine, died.
Eodois, son of Donghal, suffered martyrdom from the foreigners at Disert Diarmada.
Martin, Abbot of Cluain Mic Nois and Dairnhinis, a scribe of the sept of Dartraighe Daimhinsi;
Dubhthach, son of Maeltuile, a man who excelled all the people of Europe in wisdom and learning, died.
Flann, son of Fearchar, Abbot of Lann Leire and OEconomus of Ard Macha, died.
Cormac, son of Connmhach, oeconomus, scribe, and wise man of Cluain Fearta Brenainn, died.
Dunlang, son of Muireadhach, King of Leinster, died.
Maelbrighde, son of Spealan, lord of Conaille, died in religion.
Cinaedh, son of Maelruanaidh, the second lord that was at that time over the Cianachta, was slain.
Maelciarain, son of Ronan, champion of the east of Ireland, a hero plunderer of the foreigners, was slain.
Cian, son of Eochaidh, lord of Creamthainn, died.
Cian, son of Cumasgach, lord of Ui Bairrchi Tire, died.
Cearnach, son of Eochaidh, lord of Mughdhorn Breagh, died.
Donnagan, son of Ceadfadh, lord of Ui Ceinnsealaigh, was slain.
Conang, only son of Flann, son of Conang, was slain by the Ui Ceinnsealaigh.
Ard Macha was plundered and burned, with its oratories, by Amhlaeibh. Ten hundred was the number there cut off, both by wounding and suffocation;
p.513besides all the property and wealth which they found there was carried off by them.
Ruadhachan, son of Niall Ua Forannain, died.
The Age of Christ, 868.
The eighth year of Aedh.
Suairleach of Eidhnen, bishop, anchorite, and Abbot of Cluain Iraird, doctor in divinity, and in spiritual wisdom, in piety, and in good deeds, so that his name spread over all Ireland, died.
Comsudh, Abbot of Disert Chiarain of Bealach Duin, scribe and bishop, died.
Geran, son of Dichosca, Abbot of Saighir;
Diarmaid, Abbot of Fearna;
Connla, anchorite of Druim Caradh of Ard Cianachta;
Dubhdathuile, Abbot of Liath Mor Mochaemhog;
Maelodhar, anchorite, bishop, and Abbot of Daimhinis, died.
Cobhthach, son of Muireadhach, Abbot of Cill Dara, who was a wise man and learned doctor, died, Of him was said:
- Cobhthach of the Cuirreach of races,
intended king of Liphthe of tunics,
Alas! for the great son of Muireadhach.
Ah grief! the descendant of the comely fair Ceallach.
- Chief of scholastic Leinster,
a perfect, comely, prudent sage,
A brilliant shining star,
was Cobhthach, the successor of Connladh.
Comhgan Foda, anchorite of Tamhlacht, the foster son of Maelruain, died.
Dalach, son of Muircheartach, lord of Cinel Conaill, was slain;
and Maelmordha, son of Ailell, lord of Cinel Lughdhach, died.
Maelseachnaill, who was lord of half South Breagh, was slain by the foreigners.
Cinaedh, son of Fearghal, lord of Ui Briuin Cualann, died.
The plundering of Leinster by Aedh Finnliath, from Ath Cliath to Gabhran. Cearbhall, son of Dunghal, plundered it on the other side, as far as Dun Bolg. The Leinstermen attacked the fort of
p.515Cearbhall, and of the son of Gaithin, and many men were slain by them. When the people of the fort had perceived this, they fought bravely against them, so that they compelled them, with their chief, Bran, son of Muireadhach, to return back, after numbers of their people had been slain.
The plundering of Deisi by Cearbhall, son of Dunghal, and the Osraighi, and Corcran, son of Ceileachar, and Gorman, son of Lachtnan, were slain by them.
The Age of Christ, 869.
The ninth year of Aedh.
Ailill, bishop, Abbot of Fobhar;
Dubhthach, Abbot of Cill Achaidh, scribe, anchorite, and bishop;
Curoi, son of Alniadh, Abbot and wise man of Inis Clothrann, and Caille Fochladha in Meath, died.
Colga, son of Maeltuile, Abbot and anchorite of Cluain Conaire Tomain;
Maenghal, the pilgrim, Abbot of Beannchair;
and Maelmidhe, son of Cumasgach, Prior of Cluain Mic Nois, died.
Ailill, son of Dunlang, King of Leinster, was slain by the Norsemen.
Cathal, son of Innreachtach, half king of Ulidia, was killed at the request of the king, Aedh.
Flaitheamh, son of Faelchar, was drowned.
Maelmhuaidh, lord of Airther Life, died.
The plundering of Connaught by Cearbhall and Dunchadh; and Buachail, son of Dunadhach, was slain by them.
The plundering also of Munster, from Luachair westwards, by Cearbhall.
The Age of Christ, 870.
The tenth year of Aedh Finnliath.
Gnia, bishop, Abbot of Daimhliag, anchorite and scribe, died. Eighty seven years was his ago when he died. In lamentation of him was said:
- Gnia, the sun of our fair race,
head of the piety of the island of Emhir;
Well he celebrated the festival of St. Prainne,
the successor of the wise Cianan.
- For a long time the bright congregation,
of which he was head, had dignity without obscurity;
Alas! for the great precious gem,
our fair bright friend. Gnia.
Maeltuile, Bishop and Abbot of Tuilen;
Loingseach, son of Faeillen, Abbot of Cill Ausaille;
Feardomhnach, Abbot of Cluain Mic Nois;
and Robhartach of Dearmhach, a distinguished scribe, died.
Ceannfaeladh Ua Muichthighern, lord of Caiseal, died, after long and protracted illness; he had been Abbot of Imleach Iubhair.
Maelruanaidh, son of Maelcuarda, lord of Ui Mic Uais of the North, died.
Mughron, son of Maelcothaidh, half king of Connaught, died.
The plundering of the men of the Three Plains, and of the Comanns as far as Sliabh Bladhma, by the lords of the foreigners, during the snow of Bridgetmas this year.
The Age of Christ, 871.
The eleventh year of Aedh.
Colman, bishop, scribe, and Abbot of Aendruim;
Dichuill, Bishop of Cill Mor Inir;
Dunghal, son of Maenach, Abbot of Inis Caindeagha;
Maeltuile of Cluain Uinnseann, Abbot of Lughmhadh;
and Flaithbheartach, son of Muircheartach, Abbot of Dun Cailldenn, died.
Seannlan of Domhnach Padraig, a celebrated scribe, died.
Leathlobhar, son of Loingseach, King of Ulidia, died, after a good life.
Uathmharan, son of Brocan, lord of Ui Fiachrach Aidhne, died.
Dunadhach, son of Raghallach, lord of Cinel Cairbre Mor, died. Of his death was said:
- Dunadhach, a noble protection,
a famous man by whom hostages were held,
A pious soldier of the race of Conn
lies interred under hazel crosses at Druim Cliabh.
Flaithbheartach, son of Duibhroip, lord of Corca Modhruadh Ninais, died.
Donncuan, son of Flannagan, was slain by Conang, son of Flann.
The plundering of Connaught by Donnchadh, son of Dubhdabhoireann. King of Caiseal, and by Cearbhall and the Osraighi.
The plundering of Munster by the foreigners of Ath Cliath.
Imhar, King of the Norsemen of Ireland and Britain, died.
The Age of Christ, 872.
The twelfth year of Aedh.
Aedh, son of Fianghus, Abbot of Ros Comain, bishop and distinguished scribe;
Torpaidh, Abbot of Tamhlacht, bishop and scribe;
and Faelghus, Bishop of Ard Achaidh, died.
Ainbhcheallach, son of Fonascach, Abbot of Cluain Eidhneach, died.
Maelmordha, son of Diarmaid, bishop, and scribe, died.
Cill Mor Maighe Emhir was plundered by the foreigners.
Translation of 872.6 repeated by O'Donovan.
Maelmordha, son of Diarmaid, bishop and scribe died.
Lorcan, son of Ceallach, died.
The plundering of the Deisi by Cearbhall, as far as Bealach Eochaille.
Fethgna, i.e. the son of Neachtain, successor of Patrick, head of the piety of all Ireland, died.
An army was led by Aedh Finnliath into Leinster, so that he plundered the entire country.
The Age of Christ, 873.
The thirteenth year of Aedh.
Robhartach Mac Ua Cearta, i.e he from whom Inis Robhartaigh was named, Bishop of Cill
p.521dara, scribe, and Abbot of Cill Achaidh;
Lachtnan, son of Moichtighearn, Bishop of Cill Dara and Abbot of Fearna;
Beannachta, Bishop of Lusca;
Fechtnach, Abbot of Gleann Da Locha;
Macoige, Abbot of Tamhlacht;
and Maenghal, Prior of Cluain Mic Nois, died.
Maclendai, son of Toman of Munster, scribe and wise man;
and Niallbran, Abbot of Fidh Duin, died.
The Age of Christ, 874.
The fourteenth year of Aedh.
Domhnall, Bishop of Corcach, who was a learned scribe;
Maelbrighde, Bishop of Slaine;
Diarrmaid, Abbot of Gleann Uissean;
Cinaedh, Abbot of Achadh Bo Cainnigh, died. Of him was said:
- Great grief is Cinaedh the revered chieftain,
son of Cosgrach of beaming countenance,
The gifted torch, enraptured Bard,
the exalted Abbot of Achadh Bo.
Fedach, i.e. the son of Seghini, Abbot of Disert Diarmada;
Eoghan and Maeltuile Ua Cuana, two abbots of Cluain Mic Nois, died.
Conghalach, son of Finnachta, lord of Oirghialla;
and Cathal, son of Cearnach, lord of Feara Cul, died.
Cairbre, son of Diarmaid, lord of Ui Ceinnsealaigh, was slain by his own brethren.
Donnchadh, son of Aedhagan, son of Conchobhar, was slain by Flann, son of Sechnall.
Socartach, lord of Ui Cormaic, died.
Reachtabhra, son of Bran Finn, lord of the Deisi, died.
Dunghal, son of Faelan, Tanist of Ui Ceinnsealaigh, died.
Donnchadh, son of Maelseachlainn, was mortally wounded by the Eili.
Flaithri, son of Maelduin, lord of Rath Tamhnaigh, died.
Ruaidhri, son of Mormind, King of Britain, came to Ireland, to shun the Dubhghoill.
A battle on Loch Cuan, between the Finngheinte and the Duibhgheinte, in which Alband, chief of the Duibhgheinte, was slain.
The Age of Christ, 875.
The fifteenth year of Aedh.
Maelpadraig, son of Ceallach, Abbot of Mainistir Buithe, died.
Ceallach, wise man of Tir Da Ghlas,
Cumascach, son of Muireadhach, lord of the Ui Cremhthainn, was slain by the Ulidians.
Gairbhith, son of Maeilbrighde, lord of Conaille, was beheaded by the Ui Eathach.
Great wind, lightning, and thunder, in Ireland this year; and showers of blood were afterwards shed, so that lumps of gore and blood were visible on the extensive plains at Dumha An Deasa.
The shrine of Colum Cille, and his relics in general, were brought to Ireland, to avoid the foreigners.
The plundering of Ui Ceinnsealaigh by Cinneidigh, son of Gaeithin, lord of Laeighis; and numbers were slain by him.
The Age of Christ, 876.
Tighearnach, son of Muireadhach, Bishop and Abbot of Druim Inesclainn, died.
Feirghil, son of Comhsudh, Abbot of Domhnach Sechnaill, was murderously killed.
Dunghal, Abbot of Leithghlinn,
and Robhartach, Abbot of Ros Cre, died.
Maelcobha, son of Crunnmhael, Abbot of Ard Macha, was taken prisoner by the foreigners of Loch Cuan, as was also the Lector, i.e. Mochta.
Becan, son of Garbhan, Prior of Cill Achaidh;
Aenghus, son of Cinaedh, lord of Feara Arda;
and Maelcaere, lord of Ui Cremthainn, died.
Ualgharg, son of Flaithbheartaigh, heir apparent of the North;
and Finsneachta, son of Maelcorcra, lord of Luighne, died.
A defeat was given to the Leinstermen at Uachtar Dara, where Bolgodhar, son of Maelceir, was killed.
A slaughter was made of the South Leinstermen at Fulachta, by the Osraighi, wherein Dunog, son of Anmchadh, and Dubhthoirthrigh, son of Maelduin, were slain, together with two hundred men, who were cut off by slaying and drowning.
A victory was gained by Cearbhall, son of Dunghal, and by the Deisi, over the men of Munster, at Inneoin, where fell Flannabhra, lord of Gabhra, and many others along with him.
The plundering of Meath, as far as Loch Ainninn,
p.525by the Munstermen.
After Aedh Finnliath, the son of Niall Caille, had been sixteen years in the sovereignty of Ireland, he died at Druim Inesclainn, in the territory of Conaille, on the 20th day of November; to record which, Fothadh said:
- Five years above seven times ten,
ten hundred and five thousand,
From Adam, no falsehood,
to the death of Aedh, are counted.
- Seventy above eight hundred,
with six years, are reckoned,
From the birth of Christ without blemish,
to the death of Aedh of Aileach.
- On the twelfth of the musical Calends
of December of fierce tempests,
Died the illustrious chieftain,
Aedh of Aileach, monarch of the Gaeidhil.
Flannagan, son of Ceallach, said this:
- Long is the wintry night,
with rough gusts of wind,
Under pressing grief we encounter it,
since the red-speared king of the noble house liveth not.
- It is awful to watch how
the waves heave from the bottom;
To them may be compared all
those who with us lament him.
- A generous, wise, staid man,
of whose renown wide-ruling Teamhair was full,
A shielded oak that sheltered
the palace of Milidh's sons.
- Master of the games of the fair-hilled Tailtin,
King of Teamhair of an hundred conflicts,
Chief of Fodhla the noble,
Aedh of Oileach who died too soon.
- Mournful, not forgotten,
the departure from this world;
Stony, not merciful,
is the heart of the son of man;
- No greater than small flies
are the kings of Adam's race with him,
A yew without any charge of blemish upon him
was he of the long flowing hair.
Ainmire, Abbot of Ard Macha for the space of nine months, died; and he had been thirty years a priest before that time.