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The Annals of Ulster (Author: [unknown])

Year U1172


Kalends of Jan. on 7th feria, 2nd of the moon, A.D. 1172.


The king of the Saxons (namely, Henry, son of the Empress) went from Ireland on Easter Sunday [April 16], after celebration of Mass.


Tigernan Ua Ruairc, king of Breifni and Conmaicni, a man of great power for a long time, was killed by the same Saxons and by Domnall, son of Annadh [Ua Ruairc] of his own clan along with them. He was beheaded also by them and his head and his body were carried ignominiously to Ath-cliath. The head was raised over the door of the fortress,—a sore, miserable sight for the Gaidhil. The body was hung in another place, with its feet upwards.


Tigernach Ua Mael-Eoin, successor of Ciaran (of Cluain-mac-Nois), rested in peace.


Inis-Eogain was wasted by the Cenel-Conaill and slaughter inflicted upon its inhabitants.


Defeat [was inflicted] upon the Cenel-Eogain by Flaithbertach Ua Maeldoraidh and by the Cenel-Conaill and great slaughter was put upon them. A marvel [wrought] by the saints of God [was] that thing: namely, by Patrick and by Colum-cille and by the saints besides, whose churches they destroyed.


Mael-Muire Mac Murchadha, chief of Muinnter-Birn and chief and king of the Ui-Echach, was killed by Aedh Mac Oenghusa and by the Clann-Aedha of the Ui-Echach of Ulidia.


The full circuit [cess] of the Fifth of Connacht [was carried] for the fourth time by Gilla Mac Liac, successor of Patrick, namely, by the Primate of Ireland, to Ard-Macha.


Domnall Ua Fergail, arch-chief of Conmaicni, was killed by the people of the king of the Saxons.


Gilla-Aedha, bishop of Cork, a man full of the grace of God, rested in good old age.



(Murchadh Mac Murchadha and Murchadh Ua Briain were slain.


Gilla-Crist, son of the successor of Ciaran of Cluain-mic-Nois, rested.


Diarmod Ua Caellaidhe was slain.)