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The Annals of Ulster (Author: [unknown])

Year U1014


Kalends of January sixth feria, twenty-sixth of the moon. AD 1014.


This is the eighth year of the decemnovennial cycle and the 582nd from the coming of St Patrick to baptize the Irish. The feast of Gregory 12 March fell before Shrovetide and Low Sunday 2 May was in summer this year, which was not heard of from ancient times.


Brian son of Ceinnétig son of Lorcán, king of Ireland, and Mael Sechnaill son of Domnall, king of Temair, led an army to Áth Cliath. All the Laigin were assembled to meet him, and the foreigners of Áth Cliath, and a like number of the foreigners of Scandinavia, i.e. to the number of 1,000 breastplates. A valiant battle was fought between them, the like of which was never before encountered. Then the foreigners and the Laigin first broke in defeat, and they were completely wiped out. There fell on the side of the foreign troop in this battle Mael Mórda son of Murchad, king of Laigin, and Domnall son of Fergal, king of the Forthuatha, and of the foreigners there fell Dubgall son of Amlaíb, Siucraid son of Lodur, jarl of Innsi Orc, and Gilla Ciaráin


son of Glún Iairn, heir designate of the foreigners, and Oittir Dub and Suartgair and Donnchad grandson of Erulb and Griséne and Luimne and Amlaíb son of Lagmann and Brotor who slew Brian i.e. chief of the Scandinavian fleet, and six thousand who were killed or drowned. Of the Irish moreover there fell in the counter-shock Brian son of Ceinnétig, over-king of the Irish of Ireland, and of the foreigners and of the Britons, the Augustus of the whole of north-west Europe, and his son Murchad, and the latter's son, i.e. Tairdelbach son of Murchad, and Conaing son of Donn Cuan son of Cennéitig, heir designate of Mumu, and Mothla son of Domnall son of Faelán, king of the Déisi Muman; Eochu son of Dúnadach and Niall ua Cuinn and Ceinnéitig's son, —Brian's three companions; two kings of Uí Maine, Ua Cellaig . . . . . . . . , and Mael Ruanaid ua hEidin, king of Aidne, and Géibennach ua Dubagáin, king of Fernmag, and Mac Bethad son of Muiredach Claen, king of Ciarraige Luachra and Domnall son of Diarmait, king of Corcu Baiscinn, and Scannlán son of Cathal, king of Eóganacht of Loch Léin, and Domnall son of Eimen son of Cainnech, earl of Marr in Scotland, and many other nobles. Mael Muire son of Eochaid, successor of Patrick, with his venerable clerics and relics, came moreover to Sord Coluim Chille, and brought away the body of Brian, king of Ireland, and the body of his son Murchad, and the head of Conaing and the head of Mothla, and buried them in Ard Macha in a new tomb. For twelve nights the community of Patrick waked the bodies in honour of the dead king.


Dúlang son of Tuathal, king of Laigin, died.


A battle between Cian son of Mael Muad, and Domnall son of Dub dá Bairenn, in which fell three sons of Mael Muad, Cian and Cathal and Rogallach, and there was a slaughter of others about them.


Cathal son of Domnall, king of Uí Echdach, was killed by Donnchad son of Brian.


A defeat was inflicted by Tadc son of Brian on Donnchad son of Brian and Ruaidrí ua Donnocáin, king of Arad, was left dead.


Ua Maíl Doraid and Ua Ruairc led an army into Mag Aí, slew Domnall son of Cathal and ravaged Mag , and took away their hostages of the Connachta, although not on that occasion.


A defeat was inflicted on the Dál Araide by the Ulaid in which many were killed.



Flaithbertach son of Domnall, successor of Ciarán and Finnén, Rónán, successor of Feichíne, and Conn ua Dígraid, fell asleep in Christ.


Numerous indeed are the events of this year.