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Annal 1245


1245 First of January on Sunday and the twenty-eighth day of the moon. Fifth year of the Solar Cycle; Eleventh year of the Decemnovennial Cycle; third year of the Indiction. MCCXLV. Embolismal year.


Conchobar Ruad son of Muirchertach Muimnech son of Toirrdelbach O Conchobair was killed by O Timaith, his own steward, who stabbed him with a knife because of a quarrel between them at Port na Leci. Gilla Crist son of Imar O Birn afterwards killed the steward therefor. Conchobhar Ruad was carried to the monastery of Boyle, where he died of his wound and was buried after a victory of Unction and repentance to God.


The castle of Sligo was built by Mac Muiris Fitz Gerald, Justiciar of Ireland, and by the Sil Murray. For Fedlim [O Conchobair] was bidden to build it at his own cost and to take the stones and lime of the spital house of the Trinity for the building, though the Justiciar had previously given that site to Clarus Mag Mailin in honour of the Holy Trinity.


Domnall O Flannacain, Abbot of Cong, died.


The King of the English made a great hosting against the Welsh. They encamped at Cannock Castle, and the King sent legates bearing letters to the Irish Galls and to Fedlimid mac Cathail Chrobdeirg, bidding them to attend him, to conquer the Welsh. Then the Justiciar and the Irish Galls repaired to the King, and Fedlimid O Conchobair with a great army went to the help of the King in Wales. They despoiled the whole country, but exacted no pledge or hostage from the Welsh at that time. Fedlimid was held in honour by the King then and was well pleased when he returned westwards.


The castle of Ath in Chip on the border of Moynishy was built by Milid Mac Gosdelb.


Fiachra Son of Dauid O Flainn, chieftain of the Sil Mailruain, died on Christmas day.


Cerball Buide son of Tadc son of Aengus Findabrach O Dalaig died.


Caislen Suicin was built this year.



Virulent snow fell on the eve of St. Nicholas, and folk who walked in it lost their heels and toes. The snow lay until Great Christmas.


Muirchertach son of Muirgius son of Cathal Mac Diarmata was killed by the men of Brefne.


But Master John, elected to the bishoprick of Elphin by Clarus, Archdeacon of that see, and by Malachy the Cathedral Dean and Gelasius the Sacristan, proceeded to visit the Lord Pope at Lyons-sur-Rhone, where he was in exile, having been expelled from the Holy See by the Roman Emperor; and he found such favour in the eyes of the Lord Pope and of the papal court that the election of Comarba Comain by the junior canons of the choir of Elphin was quashed, while his own election by the elder clergy, though fewer in number, was honoured, the Lord Pope giving him letters for the Archbishop of Tuaim ordering his consecration as bishop in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. He was consecrated, and on the day of his consecration the faithful of Christ and seekers to preserve the truth answered: ‘Thanks be to God.’


Ragnall O Mailmiadaig was killed by the Connachtmen this year.


Muirchertach son of Cathal son of Diarmait son of Tadc O Mailruanaid assumed the kingship of the Rock in succession to Cormac son of Tomaltach [Mac Diarmata] and held it for full twenty-one years after.