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The Annals of Ulster (Author: [unknown])

Year U980


Kalends of January
. AD 979 alias 980.


The battle of Temair was won by Mael Sechnaill son of Domnall against the foreigners of Áth Cliath and the Isles, and very great slaughter was inflicted on the foreigners therein, and foreign power ejected from Ireland as a result. There fell therein Ragnall son of Amlaíb, the son of the king of the foreigners, and Conamal, son of a tributary king of the foreigners, and many others.


Domnall ua Néill, over-king of Ireland, died after penance in Ard Macha. (Maccán son of Scolaige, king of Delbna):

    1. The lad who today refuses me
      The thirty loaves which I can see
      Will be thankful to share them
      At the close of Domnall's reign.
    2. Would that we had not heard the report
      That Temair's sovereign had been removed!
      A scarcity of grain, abundance of grass
      Violent nature will bring about.)
    1. (If the men of the world were not numerous
      From Life to Letha,
      Satiety from the hand of Domnall
      Would cause them to be more plentiful.

      —Mac Coise sang this.)



Mugrón, successor of Colum Cille in both Ireland and Scotland, ended a happy life.

    1. (Since the birth of God's Son from heaven
      There are eight tens and nine hundred years
      Till the death of Mugrón whom verses extolled,
      The graceful successor of Colum.)


Rumann ua hAedacáin, successor of Tigernach, and Murchad son of Riada, successor of Comán, rested.


Dubgall son of Donnchad, heir designate of Ailech, was killed by his own kinsman, i.e. Muiredach son of Flann. Muiredach son of Flann was beheaded by his own sept before a full month had passed.


Comaltán ua Cléirig, king of Uí Fhiachrach Aidni, dies.


Tigernán ua Mael Doraidh, king of Cenél Conaill, was killed by his own people.


Braen son of Murchad, king of Laigin, was taken prisoner by the foreigners and afterwards put to death.