The Age of Christ, 983.
The fifth year of Maelseachlainn.
Uissine Ua Lapain, airchinneach of Doire-Chalgaigh,
and Muireadhach Ua Flannagain, lector of Ard-Macha, died.
Domhnall Claen was slain by Aedh, son of Echthighern, one of the Ui-Ceinnsealaigh, and Fiachra, son of Finnshneacta, chief of Fortuatha-Laighean, and also Maelmithigh, son of Gairbheth, by treachery.
Lochlainn, lord of Corca-Modhruaidh, and Maelseachlainn, son of Cosgrach, died.
The three sons of Cearbhall, son of Lorcan, plundered the Termon of Caeimhghin at Gleann-da-locha; and the three were killed before night, through the miracles of God and Caeimhghin.
Flaithbheartach Ua hAnluain, lord of Ui-Niallain, was treacherously slain by the Ui-Breasail.
Dubhdarach, son of Domhnallan, lord of Dearlus, was slain.
The west of Meath was plundered by Brian, son of Ceinneidigh.
Aedh Ua Dubhda, lord of all North Connaught, died.
The Age of Christ, 984.
The sixth year of Maelseachlainn.
Foghartach Ua Conghaile, a distinguished scribe, and Abbot of Daimhinis;
Flaithlemh, airchinneach of Saighir, died.
Eochaidh, son of Soerghus, airchinneach of Daimhliag-Chianain, was slain.
Maelfinnia, airchinneach of Domhnach-Padraig, died
Maelseachlainn, son of Domhnall, plundered Connaught, destroyed its islands, and killed its chieftains, and reduced Magh-Aei to ashes. A depredation was committed by the Connaughtmen, in retaliation, as far as Loch-Ainninn;
p.719and they burned Feara-Ceall, and slew the lord of Feara-Ceall.
Fearghal, son of Lorcan, lord of Cinel-Fiachach, was killed.
Diarmaid, son of Uathmharan, lord of Luighne, died.
The Age of Christ, 985.
The seventh year of Maelseachlainn.
Maelciarain Ua Maighne, successor of Colum-Cille, was cruelly martyred by the Danes at Ath-cliath.
Muireadhach, son of Flann, successor of Connlath, died.
The abduction of the shrine of Patrick, by Maelseachlainn, from Ath-Fhirdiadh to Ath-Sighe, in consequence of the rebellion of the son of Cairelan. They afterwards made peace; and Maelseachlainn submitted to the award of the successor of Patrick, i e. the visitation of Meath, both church and state, and a banquet for every fort from Maelseachlainn himself; besides seven cumhals, and every other demand in full.
Mor, daughter of Donnchadh, son of Ceallach, Queen of Ireland, died.
Muirgheas, son of Domhnall, lord of Ui-Maine, was slain.
A great contention at Ard-Macha, on the Sunday before Lammas, between the Ui-Eathach and the Ui-Niallain, wherein the son of Trenfhear, son of Celechan, and many others, were slain.
The Danes came to the coast of Dal-Riada in three ships; seven score of them were hanged, and otherwise cut off; after they were defeated.
Hi-Choluim-Chillem was plundered by the Danes on Christmas night; and they killed the abbot, and fifteen of the seniors of the church along with him.
Cluain-mic-Nois was burned on the Friday night before Easter.
Flathrui Ua Loingsigh, lord of Dal-Araidhe, was slain by his own tribe.
An army was led by the Leinstermen into Osraighe; and they plundered the north of Osraighe, and they slew there Riagan, son of Muireadhach, and the son of Cuiliun.
Domhnall, son of Amhalgaidh, Tanist of Ulidia, died.
The Age of Christ, 986 rectè987.
The eighth year of Maelseachlainn.
Maelpadraig, Abbot of Ros-Cre;
Caenchomhrac, son of Ainbhithe, Abbot of Gleann-Uisean, died.
Broen Ua hAedha, airchinneach of Eaglais-beg at Cluain-mic-Nois,
Ceallach, the holy virgin, died.
Great and unusual wind, which prostrated many buildings and houses, and among others the oratory of Lughmhadh, and many other buildings.
A great slaughter was made of the Danes who had plundered Hi, for three hundred and sixty of them were slain through the miracles of God and Colum-Cille.
Preternatural (i.e. magical) sickness was brought on by demons in the east of Ireland, which caused mortality of men plainly before men's eyes.
The commencement of the great murrain of cows, i.e. the strange Maelgarbh, which had never come before.
An army was led by Maelseachlainn into Leinster, whence he carried off a great spoil of cows.
The Age of Christ, 987 rectè 988.
The ninth year of Maelseachlainn.
Dunchadh Ua Braein, Abbot of Cluain-mic-Nois, a celebrated wise man and anchorite, died on the 17th of the Calends of February at Ard-Macha, at the end of the thirteenth year of his pilgrimage. He proposed to set out for Cluain every year, but different parties of the people of the church of Ard-Macha used to come at the end of each year to detain him; but they found no force able to detain him but the solicitation of the clergy, and he was wont to remain for them a year. He was the last that resuscitated the dead from death in Ireland. It is of him Eochaidh O'Flannagain, the most distinguished historian of Ireland, gave this testimony:
- The seat of Macha i.e. Queen Macha the treacherous, voluptuous, haughty,
Is a psalm-singing house possessed by saints;
There came not within the walls of her fort
A being like unto Dunchadh O'Braein.
Colum, airchinneach of Corcach, died; and Dubhdabhoireann, airchinneach of Both-Chonais, died.
The men of Munster came in hosts upon Loch Ribh, and the foreigners of Port-Lairge. The Connaughtmen assembled to oppose them, and a battle was fought between them. A great number of the Munstermen and the foreigners were slaughtered by the Connaughtmen. Among the slain was Dunlaing, son of Dubhdabhoireann, royal heir of Munster, and many others along with him. Muirgheas, son of Conchobhar, royal heir of Connaught, was slain by them in the heat of the conflict.
Laidhgnen, son of Cearbhall, lord of Fearnmhagh, was slain in the middle of Trian-Arda-Macha, by Fearghal, son of Conaing, lord of Oileach, and the Cinel-Eoghain.
Conghalach Ua Cui-lennain, lord of Conaille and Ciarcaille, son of Cairellan, lord of North Breagha, mutually fell by each other.
Conghal, son of Anrudhan, lord of Corca-Modh-ruadh, died.
The Age of Christ, 988 rectè989.
The tenth year of Maelseachlainn.
Dunchadh Ua Robhachain, successor of Colum-Cille and Adamnan;
Loingseach, son of Maelpadraig, rector of Cluain-mic-Nois;
Maelmoghna Ua Cairill, airchin-neach of Dun-Leathghlais;
Cetfaidh, Abbot of Imleach-Ibhair;
and Mac-leighinn Ua Murchadhain,airchinneach of Cuil-rathain, died.
Cairbre, son of Rian, died.
Muireadhach Ua Cleirigh, lord of Aidhne, died.
Echmhilidh, son of Ronan, lord of the Airtheara, was slain by the Conailli-Cerd.
Conchobhar, son of Domhnall, lord of Luighne, died.
The battle of Athcliath was gained over the foreigners by Maelseachlainn, in which many of the foreigners were slain by him. And he afterwards laid siege to the fortress for the space of
p.725twenty nights, so that they drank no water during this time but the brine. At length they gave him his own full demand while he should be king, and an ounce of gold for every garden, to be paid on Christmas night, for ever.
Eochaidh, son of Ardghar, King of Ulidia, went upon an expedition into Cinel-Eoghain, and lost Ua h-Aitidhe.
Dubhdaleithe, successor of Patrick, assumed the successorship of Colum-Cille, by the advice of the men of Ireland and Alba.
Gluiniarn, son of Amlaeibh, lord of the foreigners, was killed by his own slave through drunkenness; Colbain was the name of the slave.
Gofraid son of Aralt lord of the Hebridies fell by the Dá Riada.
Dun-Leathghlaissi was plundered and burned by the foreigners.
Maelruanaidh, son of Donnchadh, died.
The Age of Christ, 989 rectè990.
The eleventh year of Maelseachlainn.
Cormac, son of Congaltach, successor of Brenainn of Birra, died.
Aedh Ua Maeldoraidh, lord of Cinel-Conaill, died.
The battle of Carn-Fordromas was gained by Maelseachlainn over the people of Thomond, wherein fell Domhnall, son of Lorcan, lord of Muscraighe-thire and Ui-Forggo, and six
p.727hundred men along with him.
Doire-Chalgaigh was plundered by the foreigners.
An army of the foreigners, Danes, and Leinstermen marched into Meath, and they plundered as far as Loch Ainninn.
Domhnall, son of Tuathal, was taken prisoner by Donnchadh, son of Domhnall, King of Leinster.
Donnchadh, King of Leinster, was taken prisoner by Maelseachlainn, son of Domhnall, King of Ireland.
Dubhdalethe, successor, assumed the successorship of Colum Cille, by advice of the men of Ireland and Alba.
The Age of Christ, 990 rectè 991.
The twelfth year of Maelseachlainn.
Duibhlitir Ua Bruadair, lector of Leithghlinn, died. It was of him this testimony was given:
- Duibhliter, the stronghold of perfect wisdom, the gifted respondent to every challenge;
He was an adept in learning of various books, a flame of gold over noble Ireland.
Ceallach, son of Cinaedh, Abbot of Imleach-Fia, i.e. Imleach-Becain, died.
Donnchadh Ua Conghalaigh, royal heir of Teamhair, was treacherously slain at Comarchu, by the Clann-Colmain in particular, i.e. by Conchobhar, son of Cearbhall.
Tadhg, son of Donnchadh, Tanist of Osraighe was slain by the men of Munster.
Aedh Ua Ruairc, royal heir of Connaught, and Dubhdarach, Ua Fiachna, was slain by the Cinel-Eoghain.
The wind sunk the island of Loch Cimbe suddenly, with its dreach and rampart, i.e. thirty feet.
The Sinnach Ua Leochain, lord of Gaileanga, died.
Donnsleibhe, son of Diarmaid, died.
Ua Dunghalaigh, lord of Muscraighe, was slain.
The Age of Christ, 991 rectè 992.
The thirteenth year of Maelseachlainn.
Diarmaid, rector of Cill-dara and Abbot of Cluain-eidhneach, died; of whom was said:
- Diarmaid, stronghold of noble wisdom, a man of generous fame, of great battle
Pity, O king of the righteous laws, that death has now approached him.
Maelpeadair Ua Tolaid, successor of Brenainn of Cluain-fearta;
and Mael-finnia, son of Spelan, successor of Ciaran, son of the artificer, died.
Gillacom-main, son of Niall, lord of Ui-Diarmada; and Cuceanann, son of Tadhg, mutually fell by each other.
Donn, son of Donnghal, son of Donncuan, was slain by his own people.
An army was led by Maelseachlainn into Connaught; and he brought from thence a prey of cattle, the greatest that a king had ever brought. After this, Brian came with the men of Munster and Connaught into Meath, as far as Loch Ainninn; and he did not take a cow or person, but went off from thence by secret flight.
Mor, daughter of Tadhg of the Tower, son of Cathal, Queen of Ireland, died.
The Age of Christ, 992.
The fourteenth year of Maelseachlainn.
Mael-poil, Bishop of Mughain, died.
Tuathal, son of Maelrubha, successor of Finnia, and successor of Mocholmoc, a wise man and governor, died.
Macleighinn, son of Dunghalan, airchinneach of Dun-Leathghlaisi;
Dunchadh, rector of Dun;
Maelfinnia Ua hAenaigh, lector of Fobhar, and Bishop of Tuath-Luighne, died.
Dunchadh Ua hUchtain, lector of Ceanannas, died.
Domhnall and Flaithbheartach, two sons of Gillacoluim, son of Canannan, were slain.
Ruaidhri, son of
p.731Cosgrach, lord of South Connaught, was slain by Conchobhar, son of Mael-seachlainn, and by the son of Comhaltan Ua Cleirigh.
Conchobhar, son of Cearbhall Ua Maelseachlainn, died after a good life.
Maelruanaidh Ua Ciardha, lord of Cairbre, was slain by the men of Teathbha.
Egnech Ua Leochain, lord of Tuath-Luighne, was slain by Maelseachlainn, and Cathal, son of Labbraidh.
Cleircen, son of Maelduin, lord of Ui-Eathach, was slain by his own people.
Muireagan of Both-Domhnaigh, successor of Patrick, went upon his visitation in Tir-Eoghain; and he conferred the degree of king upon Aedh, son of Domhnall, in the presence of Patrick's congregation, and he afterwards made a great visitation of the north of Ireland.
Donnchadh, son of Domhnall, King of Leinster, was ransomed from Maelseachlainn.
A new fleet upon Loch-Ribh by Brian, son of Ceinneidigh, who plundered the men of Breifne.
Dunadhach, son of Diarmaid, lord of Corca-Bhaiscinn, died.
A predatory incursion by the foreigners of Ath-cliath, so that they plundered Ard-Brecain, Domhnach-Padraig, and Muine-Brocain.
The colour of fire was in the heavens till morning.
Aedh, son of Echthighern, Tanist of Ui-Ceinnsealaigh, died.
Imhar was expelled from Ath-cliath through the intercession of the saints.
Donn, son of Donnghal, lord of Teathbha, died.
Ruaidhri Ua Gusang died.