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Fragmentary Annals of Ireland (Author: [unknown])

Annal FA 441

FA 441

?912 Dianim, daughter of Dub Gilla, wife of Dúnlang, died, whence is said:

    1. Dianim, protector of our people,
      the power of the King of Creation has imprisoned her;
      alas that the slender fair body
      is in a cold house of clay.

Annal FA 442

FA 442

A raid on Osraige by Cormac, king of the Déissi, and many churches and many monastic buildings were destroyed. The Osraige killed the brother of this Cormac, i.e. Cuilennán. When Cormac was plundering Osraige, Máel Ruanaid son of Niall, the son of the king who had previously ruled the Déissi, came after Cormac with a group of Osraige to this Cormacs stronghold, and the aforementioned Cuilennán came to oppose them, and gave them battle, and Cuilennán was killed in that encounter. When Cormac returned he heard that story, and he himself saw the clothes of his brother in the hands of the people who had killed him, and Cormac was then grieved and sorrowful.

Annal FA 443

FA 443

In this year Domnall son of Bráenán son of Cerball was killed miserably in the middle of his own stronghold, and though Diarmait had


thought that he would be better off for killing the son of his kinsman, it did not turn out thus for him, for all of Clann Dúngaile arose against Diarmait on account of that, and as Cellach would not rise against him, Máel Mórdai, son of a kinsman of his, rose up against him, remembering the cruelty that Diarmait had shown towards his father when he was an old man; and that Máel Mórdai rose up fiercely and bravely against Diarmait, and Osraige was divided in two by that war. There was great slaughter between them. Now the son of Áed son of Dub Gilla—the son, indeed, of the daughter of Cerball son of Dúnlang—went against Diarmait, for he felt bitter that the son of his mother's brother and his fosterson had been slain by Diarmait. Many freemen were killed in this war, and many churches were laid waste.

Annal FA 444

FA 444

912 Kl. The violation of Ard Macha by Cernachán son of Duilgen; that is, he took a prisoner out of it and drowned him in Loch Cerr. Afterwards Cernachán was drowned in the same lake by Niall Glúndub to avenge the violation of Ard Macha.

Annal FA 445

FA 445

912 Máel Brigte son of Máel Domnach, abbot of Les Mór, died.

Annal FA 446

FA 446

?913 912 Flann son of Laige, abbot of Corcach, died.

Annal FA 447

FA 447

?913 Cormac, bishop of Saigir, died.

Annal FA 448

FA 448

913 Tipraite, abbot of Imlech, died.

Annal FA 449

FA 449

913 Máel Brigte son of Tornán, successor of Patrick and Colum Cille, went with a number of the clergy of Ireland into Munster, to seek treasure from the nobles of Munster to ransom the captives of the Britons; and he got that, and he brought those miserable prisoners with him, after their ships had been sunk, and after they had been cast ashore, and after they had evaded the Danes and the Norwegians.

Annal FA 450

FA 450

?913 Kl. Máel Máedoc, abbot of Druim Mór, died.

Annal FA 451

FA 451

?913 Tipraite, bishop of Cluain Eidnech, died.

Annal FA 452

FA 452

?913 Líthach, abbot of Cluain Eidnech, died.


Annal FA 453

FA 453

913 A victory in battle by Máel Mithig son of Flannacán and Donnchad grandson of Máel Sechlainn over Lorccán son of Dúnchad and Fogartach son of Tolarc, in which many fell.

Annal FA 454

FA 454

Lachtnán son of Cernach, king of Dún Nar in Loíches, died.

Annal FA 455

FA 455

?913 Máel Patraic son of Flaithróe, king of Ráith Domnaig, died.

Annal FA 456

FA 456

?913 912 Eadulf, king of the northern Saxons, died.

Annal FA 457

FA 457

914 Flaithbertach son of Inmainén took the kingship of Caisel.

Annal FA 458

FA 458

914 A great fleet of Norwegians landed at Port Láirge, and they plundered northern Osraige and brought great spoils and many cows and livestock to their ships.

Annal FA 459

FA 459

In that year great armies of Dark Foreigners and Fair Foreigners Danish and Norwegian Vikings came again to attack the Saxons, after the installation of Sitric grandson of Imar as king. They challenged the Saxons to battle, and the Saxons did not delay, but came at once to attack the pagans. A hard and ferocious battle was fought between them, and there was great energy and heat and contention on both sides. Much noble blood was spilled in this battle; nevertheless, it was the Saxons who won victory and spoils after massacring the pagans. For the king of the pagans was taken ill, and he was carried out of the battle to a forest nearby, and he died there.

Now Oittir, the most greatly esteemed earl in this battle, when he saw the Saxons slaughtering his people, fled into a dense wood near him, along with those of his people who survived. A huge throng of Saxons came after him, and they surrounded the wood. The Queen commanded them to hack down all of the forest with their swords and battleaxes, and they did so. First they felled the trees, and then all the pagans who were in the wood were killed. The pagans were slaughtered by the Queen like that, so that her fame spread in all directions.

Aethelflaed, through her own cleverness, made peace with the men of Alba and with the Britons, so that whenever the same race should come to attack her, they would rise to help her. If it were against them that they came, she would take arms with them. While this continued, the men of Alba and Britain overcame the settlements of the Norwegians and destroyed and sacked them.


FA 459

The king of the Norwegians came after that and sacked Srath Cluada, and plundered the land. But the enemy was ineffectual against Srath Cluada.