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Annála Connacht (Author: [unknown])

Annal 1535


1535 First of January, the age of the Lord one thousand five hundred and thirty-five years.


Muirchertach son of Donnchad son of Murchad [Mac Donnchada of Tirerrill] and his two sons, Sean Glas and Fergal, were killed this year by O hEgra Buide, having been shamefully given up by one of his own followers at Moyemlagh.


Mac Suibne of Banagh, Maelmuire son of Niall, was treacherously killed by his brother in the doorway of Rahin Castle.


Eicnechan son of Domnall O Domnaill was likewise basely killed by the sons of O Baigill.


Maelsechlainn son of Cairbre O Birn, that chieftain's son who was the most fortunate and wealthy and had the best name for humanity and hospitality, that scholar most widely skilled and accomplished in every art of all men living in the five Provinces of Ireland, was killed by the sons of Cathal Mac Diarmata on St. Brendan's eve at Mullaghnashee. He was the most mourned and lamented by the men of learning and art throughout Ireland. The blessing of God and the poets on his soul!


O Neill's daughter, Siubhan daughter of Conn son of Enri son of Eogan, wife of Magnus O Domnaill, died in the prime of life and at the height of her prosperity and great wealth and was honourably buried in the monastery of Donegal.


Mac Amlaibh won a great victory this year, wherein were killed the lord of Clonlish and Fitz Gibbon and a great number of the Clann Sithig. Moreover the sons of Maelmuire son of Brian Mac Suibhne, Constable to Mac Amlaibh, was killed at the beginning of the fray.


Thomas son of the Earl of Kildare joined himself to the Gaels of the south of Ireland, to oppose the English Justiciar. For his manors and towns had been taken from him and he and all his partisans had been banished out of Meath and driven to seek the protection of the O Briens and of O Conchobair Failgi, though he put up a good fight.


There now came to Ireland a powerful follower of the King of England, Lord Leonard [Gray]; and he approached the Earl's son and practised deceit against him, promised him pardon on


the King's behalf and took him to England, where he was arrested and put in prison in the King's tower. Lord Leonard then returned to Ireland.


And the Justiciar that was over here, William Skeffington, died and Lord Leonard took the King's commission to himself. And he took under his own protection the sons of the Great Earl of Kildare, that is to say the sons of Gerald son of Thomas, namely James and Oliver, John and Richard; and when they, being entrusted to Lord Leonard and under his protection, were in his company, he apprehended them and sent them to the King of England and they were put into the King's tower, where was the heir to the Earldom, namely Thomas son of the Earl. And after they themselves and Thomas had been more than a year in captivity the four of them were put to death in the presence of the citizens. Now there never lived, of all the Galls of Ireland, a man of his years whose death was a greater loss, both as regards humanity and military leadership, than this Thomas, the Earl's son; nor do recent times afford a better [theme for a] sermon than the swiftness with which the line of the Earldom, which had held the ascendency in all Ireland for a long time before this, was blotted out of Ireland. May you be worse in a year's time, you evil, false bands of kerns; you have blinded us to good purpose!