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Annal 1310


1310 First of January on Thursday and the twenty-third day of the moon, A.D. MCCCX. Fourteenth year of the Solar Cycle; nineteenth year of the Lunar Cycle; eighth year of the Indiction. Embolismal year. D. Last year of the Hendecad.


Tanaide O Mailchonaire, ollav in poetry and history of the Sil Murray, died at the beginning of this year, that is, in the hard spring.


A great raid, which was called the Raid of the Burning, was made by Aed Brefnech son of Cathal O Conchobair on Maelruanaid Mac Diarmata in Clogher. Donnchad son of Donnchad Mac Diarmata was captured there and his wife, O Flannacain's daughter, was killed. Women and children and many others were also slain and burned there. They [Aed's party] established a stronghold in Uachtar Tire against Mac Diarmata and the Sil Murray.


When William Burke heard of this he encamped at Killummod opposite Aed son of Cathal. Aed then sent messengers secretly to his brother Ruaidri son of Cathal, bidding him go with his men to Buninna Castle, which William Burke had left.


Ruaidri and Aed son of Magnus and the followers of Aed Brefnech assembled together and plundered and burnt the castle of Buninna with all its riches.


Now at this time Aed mac Cathail Ruaid had a mercenary guard billetted near him and the chief officer of that band was Seonac Mac Uidilin. And when Seonac saw that O Conchobair's son was alone, since his followers were gone on the expedition to Bunina, he, having conspired beforehand and having promised William Burke to kill Aed for a reward, armed himself and his men, and Aed Brefnech son of Cathal Ruad O Conchobair was slain then; the best king's son in Ireland of his time if God had vouchsafed it to him.


But when the news of the killing of Aed Brefnech reached William Burke and Mac Diarmata and the rest of the Sil Murray at Killummod, they at once proceeded to make raids on the followers of Aed Brefnech and threw out their foraying-parties as far as Bennan Brechmaige to the north and Mag Cetne of the Fomora. William Burke then retraced his steps to the middle of Sil Murray, on whom he billetted two hundred soldiers—Mac Uigilin and his company; and there was not one of their townlands without its permanent quartering, nor a tuath free from exaction, nor a prince free from oppression, so long as William Burke was in control of them after the death of Aed.


Maelruanaid Mac Diarmata, seeing the exclusion of his foster-son from his patrimony and the heavy exactions on each tuath about him, and much resenting the action of the Galls in restricting and diminishing his power—for the Galls felt sure that if this one man were weak the whole province of Connacht would be in their own hands—determined, like the warrior he was, to take his foster-son boldly and make him king by force. So he carried him to Carnfree and installed him on the mound according to the practice of the saints, and of Da Conna of Assylin in particular; and he, Fedlimid mac Aeda meic Eogain, was proclaimed in a style as royal, as lordly and as public as any of his race from the time of Brian son of Eochu Muigmedoin till that day. And when Fedlimid mac Aeda meic Eogain had married the Province of Connacht his foster-father waited upon him during the night in the manner remembered by the old men and recorded in the old books; and this was the most splendid kingship-marriage ever celebrated in Connacht down to that day.



Cormac O Flannacain, chieftain of Toorah, was killed by Enri Mac Gilla Finnein, chieftain of the Muinter Peotachain in treachery.


The Earl [of Ulster] built Sligo Castle this year.


Twenty casks of wine were washed ashore in Mag Cetne.


Findguala daughter of Magnus O Conchobair rested in Christ.


Mac Raith Mag Uidir, eligible prince of Fermanagh, and Donnchad Mac Gilla Micheil, chieftain of the Clann Congaile, were destroyed and burned by Roalb Mag Mathgamna.


Fergal Mag Dorchaid died this year.


Una daughter of Aed son of Fedlim [O Conchobair] died.


Siban, daughter of O Conchobair Failgi and wife of Muirchertach Mor Mag Eochacain, chieftain of Kenaliagh, died.


Fergal son of Muirchertach Mor Mag Eochacain was killed in Annaly; this was the beginning of the enmity between Annaly and Kenaliagh.


Sefraid O Fergail made a hosting to Donore, where Domnall son of Aed Oc O Fergail, Aed Mag Mail Isa and Gofraid son of Muirchertach were killed.