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Life of Mac Creiche (Author: [unknown])

chapter 4


As to the Glasanaig, spades and bill-hooks were made for them out of their own arms, and iron girdles were put around them, in token of their bondage and devotion; and the robbers and Becedán made a great clearing in the midst of the woods; and Cell Senbotha is the name of the place till doom. And the robbers, that is the Glasanaig, and Becedán were the first monks that were buried under the soil of the church; as it is said in the poem on Mac Creiche:

    1. They thought that they had killed
      The boasting lively man;
      His head- fame without suffering
      Was a rushy sod of sedge
    2. They bend to Mac Creiche
      The robbers secretly,
      On every path without respite
      From the iron girdles.