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The Annals of Ulster (Author: [unknown])

Year U1171


Kalends of Jan. on 6th feria, 21st of the moon, A.D. 1171.


Diarmait Mac Murchadha, king of the Fifth of Leinster, after destroying many churches and territories, died in Ferna without Unction, without Body of Christ, without penance, without a will, in reparation to Colum-cille and Finnian and to the saints besides, whose churches he destroyed.


Ascall, son of Torcall, king of Ath-cliath


and John (the Mad) from the Islands of Orc (who came in aid of Torcall and of the Foreigners of Ath-cliath) were killed by the same Foreigners.


Domnall Ua Focarta, king of the South of Eili, was killed by the Ossorians.


Sadhbh, daughter of Iron-knee Mac Murchadha, successor of [St.] Brigit [i.e. abbess of Kildare] died in penance.


Great foraying force [was led] by Maghnus Mac Duinnsleibhe [Ua Eochadha] with all Ulidia into Cuil-in-tuaisceirt, so that they plundered Cuil-rathain and other churches, until a small number of the Cenel-Eogain under Conchobur Ua Cathain overtook them and gave battle and killed one and twenty men, both chiefs and sons of chiefs, and a multitude of others along with them. And Maghnus himself was wounded. And moreover that Maghnus was killed shortly after in Dun by Donnsleibhe, that is, by his own brother and by Gilla-Oenghusa Mac Gilla-espuic, namely, by the lawgiver of Monaigh, after great evils had been done by him,—namely, after leaving his own wedded wife and after taking his wife from his fosterer, that is, from Cu-maighi Ua Flainn and she [had been] the wife of his own brother at first, namely, of Aedh; after inflicting violence upon the wife of his other brother also, that is, of Eochaidh; after profanation of bells and croziers, clerics and churches. Donnsleibhe took the kingship in his stead.


Ane, daughter of the Mac Duinnsleibhe [Ua Eochadha] queen of Airghialla, died.


Defeat (namely, the Defeat of the Ashes) [was inflicted] upon Tigernan Ua Ruairc and upon the Men of Meath and upon the Men of Fern-magh, all together, on the Green of Ath-cliath


by Milo de Cogan with his people, wherein fell a large number around Aedh Ua Ruairc, king of Machaire-Gaileng and royal heir of the Ui-Briuin and Conmaicni. There were also killed there five chiefs of the Men of Fern-magh [and two others], namely, Mael-Mochta Mac Confhebla and Conchobhur, his brother, two chiefs of Cenel-Feradhaigh.


Fenidh Ua Conghaile, candle of the championship and hospitality of Oirghialla, died.


Raghnall Ua Tuathchair, chief of Clann-Ruadhrach; Gilla- geimridh Mac-in-Ghaband, chief of Fir-Darcacha and a number of others along with them died not long after the aforesaid events, on the 16th of the Kalends of November [Oct. 17].


There came into Ireland Henry (son of the Empress), most puissant king of England and also Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine and Count of Anjou and Lord of many other lands, with 240 ships. (So that that was the first advent of the Saxons into Ireland.) And he came to land at Port-lairgi and received the pledges of Munster. He came after that to Ath-cliath and received the pledges of Leinster and of the Men of Meath and of the Ui-Briuin and Airgialla and Ulidia.


Peter (Ua Mordha), bishop of Ui-Maine of Connacht (otherwise, bishop of Cluain-ferta of [St.] Brenann), a devout monk and authoritative man, was drowned in the Sinand (namely, at Port-da-Chaineg), namely, on the 6th of the Kalends of January [Dec. 27].


(Thomas of Canterbury is martyred.


Domnall Ua Mail-muaid, king of Fir-cell,was slain.


Mael-cron Mae Gilli-Sechnaill, king of the South of Bregha, dies.)