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Annal 1237


1237 First of January on Thursday and the thirtieth day of the moon; twenty-fifth year of the Solar Cycle; third year of the Decemnovennial Cycle; tenth year of the Indiction. MCCXXXVII. Embolismal year. D.


A hosting by Fedlim mac Cathail Chrobdeirg into Connacht, accompanied by Cu Chonnacht O Raigillig with all the Ui Briuin, Cathal Mag Ragnaill with all the Conmaicne, and the three sons of Aed mac Cathail Chrobdeirg, to attack the


descendants of Ruaidri, that is, Brian son of Toirrdelbach son of Ruaidri and Muirchertach and Domnall sons of Diarmait son of Ruaidri, with whom was Conchobar son of Cormac Mac Diarmata, in the place where they were. They went after them northward through the Curlieu Hills and came to Drumrat. The descendants of Ruaidri sent the soldiers of the Justiciar, which they had with them, to encounter them; and Fedlim ordered his men not to shoot at them, but with bowed heads to have at them in a furious charge. The soldiers did not withstand this onset but broke and fell back on their own side, many of them, including Mac Mibric, being killed in the rout. When the sons of Ruaidri saw that fortune was against them and that the soldiers were breaking up in panic, they abandoned their position [and got away] without a man of them being killed. After this defeat they were dispersed, so that they had no more habitation among the Sil Murray, and all their folk were plundered. They made great raids on Conchobar son of Cormac [Mac Diarmata] in Tirrerill, and after that they put a fleet on Loch Key, deposed Cormac Mac Diarmata king of Moylurg, plundered the whole of Moylurg and gave the lordship of the whole lake and territory to Donnchad son of Muirchertach Luathsuilech [Mac Diarmata].


Donait O Fidabra, coarb of Patric, rested.


The Justiciar made peace with Fedlim mac Cathail Chrobdeirg and the five King's Cantreds were given to him free of cattle-tribute or rent.


The Irish Barons came into Connacht and began the building of castles therein.


The first synod of Maelmure O Lachtnan, erenagh of Tuaim, was held at Athlone after his pallium had arrived from Rome.


Magnus son of Diarmait son of Magnus [O Conchobair] was killed by Domnall son of Diarmait son of Ruaidri O Conchobair this year.


Muirchertach son of Diarmait son of Ruaidri O Conchobair was killed by the sons of Magnus mac Muirchertaig Muimnig Ui Chonchobair this year.


Clarus Mac Mailin began the building of a monastery for Canons on Trinity Island in Loch Oughter, the gift of Cathal O Raigillig.


Thomas O Ruadain, Bishop of Leyney, rested in Christ.


Gilla Isa son of In Scelaige (the Narrator) O Tormaig, Bishop of the Conmaicne, rested.



Gilla na nEcc O Mannachain died in the monastery of Boyle this year.


Conchobar son of Cormac [Mac Diarmata] raided Ruaidri O Gadra and killed his brother.


The hostages of Conchobar son of Cormac were killed by Fedlim mac Cathail Chrobdeirg this year.


Drommann Iarthair and the land between Lathach Cille Brain and the lake, with wood and plain and bog, was presented to the community of the Trinity on Loch Key and to Clarus Mac Mailin by Donnchad son of Muirchertach Luathsuilech [Mac Diarmata] during the time that he ruled as king; and this was not long, since he reigned only for a month and Cormac reigned again.