1281 First of January on Wednesday and the fourth day of the moon, A.D. MCCLXXXI. Thirteenth year of the Solar Cycle; ninth year of the Lunar Cycle and of the Indiction. Common year. E.
Tadc son of Cathal Mac Diarmata, king of Moylurg, renowned for bounty and valour and nobility, died.
The battle of Desertcreaght between the Cenel Conaill and the Cenel nEogain this year. Aed Buide son of Domnall Oc son of Aed Meith son of the Aed who was called An Macam Tonlesc
p.173with the Ulster Galls was on the one side, and on the other was Domnall O Domnaill, king of Cenel Conaill and Fermanagh and Oriel, most of the Ulster Gaels, almost all Connacht and the whole of Brefne. The Cenel Conaill were routed in that battle and in it was killed Domnall O Domnaill, the best of all Irish Gaels for generosity, valour, lordship and nobility at that time and the general guardian of all Western Europe. He was buried at Derry, having triumphed in all good things down to that day. And these are the best men who were killed with him on that day:Maelruanaid O Baigill, chieftain of the Three Tuatha; Eogan son of Maelsechlainn O Domnaill; Cellach O Baigill, the best chieftain for clemency and the best-esteemed and most bountiful in his day; Gilla Crist Mag Flannchaid, chieftain of Dartry; Domnall Mac Gilla Findein, chieftain of the Muinter Peotachain; Aindiles O Baigill and his son Dubgall; Enna O Gairmlegaig, king-chieftain of the Cenel Moain; Cormac son of An Fer Leginn (the Scholar) O Domnaill, chieftain of Fanat; Gilla an Choimded O Mailaduin, king of Lurg; Carmac son of Carmac O Domnaill; Gilla na nOc Mac Dail re Docair; Maelsechlainn son of Niall O Baigill; Aindiles son of Niall O Domnaill; Lochlainn son of Muirchertach O Domnaill; Flaithbertach Mac Buidechain; Magnus Mac Cuinn; Gilla na Naem O hEochacain; Muirchertach Mac in Ultaig; Muirchertach O Flaithbertaig and many others not enumerated here, sons of kings and chieftains and warriors.
There was another battle this year, between the Barretts and the Cusacks. The Barretts were defeated, and William Barrett, Adam Flemming and many others were killed. And there were two Gaels there on the side of Cusack, Taichlech O Dubda and Taichlech O Baigill, who surpassed all others in activity and sure aim.