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Annala Uladh: Annals of Ulster otherwise Annala Senait, Annals of Senat (Author: [unknown])

Year U1362


Kalends of Jan. on 4th feria, 5th of the moon, A.D. 1362-5.


Ruaidhri, son of Domnall Ua Neill, was killed by Mael-Shechlainn, son of the Dwarf; with one shot of an arrow.


Tomaltach, son of Murchadh Ua Ferghail, died.


Great war in this year between the Clann-Goisdelb and the Luighni and an attack was made


by the Clann-Goisdelb on the Luighni. Excessive loss and destruction of good persons was inflicted on the Luighni on that expedition: namely, six sons of kings of the nobles of Muinter-hEghra were slain under Cormac Ua Eaghra.


Adam Ua Fialain died.


An attack was made by Aedh Mac Diarmata on the Muinter-Eoluis. Great wrongs and excessive preys were made on the Muinter- Eoluis on that occasion. But they were not forays without retaliations, those forays; for there were slain enormous numbers of nobles about them, under the best man for a general house of guests that was in Connacht in his time, to wit, under Cormac, son of Diarmait the Red and under the two sons of Tomaltach Ua Birn. Diarmait Mac Diarmata and Maelruanaigh, son of Donnchadh the Swarthy, were taken prisoners on the same foray.


Feidhlimidh Ua Concobuir of the Hospitality, king of Corcumruadh, that is, son of Domnall Ua Concobuir, distinguished without ebb of hospitality, died that year.


Brian, son of Matthew Mag Tigernain, the son of a chief of greatest felicity and pre-eminence, general patron respecting food and cattle, died about the feast of Saint James July 25 that year, as the poet said: Stanza:

    1. Brian Mag Tigernain of the contests,
      With his hospitality comparison were not just
      He practised hospitality without reward,
      Heaven was the end of his battle-career.


Brian, son of Aedh Mag Mathgamna, took the kingship of Oirghialla and marriage-alliance and friendship were contracted by him with Somairle, son of John Mac


Domnaill the Black, namely, with the Constable of the Fifth of Ulster, so that he forced him to abandon the daughter of Ua Raighillaigh and gave his own daughter to him. Shortly after that, he Brian brought him to himself into his own house to drink wine. And when that person expected to obtain the wine, the bidding he got was that Brian himself wound his two hands about him and he was seized rudely, contumeliously and carried out—and the few of his people that were in his company—so that his feet and hands were made fast and tied together and he was put into a lake. And tidings of him are not known from that out. Bands were despatched throughout the country and wherever his people were found, they were slain and plundered. Woe the world and land and water wherein was submerged the noble, well-born offspring, to wit, one who was to be king of Insi-Gall Hebridesl, namely, the son of John the Black, son of Alexander. As the poet said: Stanza:
    1. This is the lake wherein was put an innocent one,
      Somuirle of the sharp-pointed spears,
      Mid merriment and noise and laughter,
      For it is wine 'neath which he was submerged.
Not an evil without retribution even for a very short time was that evil. For Domnall, son of Aedh Ua Neill and Toirdelbach Ua Neill mustered and gave large donatives and brotherhood and peace to the clan of Aedh Ua Neill the Tawny, namely, to Brian, son of Henry Ua Neill, together with his kinsmen. And there came likewise into that muster Niall, son of Murchadh, son of Murchadh Mor Mag Mathgamna; brother of the mother


of Mac Domnaill and half-king of Oirgialla was this person. And there came what was in the Fifth of Ulster of the Clann-Domnaill, under Toirdelbach Mor Mac Domnaill and under his son, namely, under Alexander and under the son of Somairle himself, that is, under John junior and they betook themselves to attack Rath-tulach, that is, the fortress of Mag Mathgamna. And word came before them and they the garrison abandoned the place and defeat with loss of moveables was inflicted on them and they were not desisted from in pursuit until they reached Loch-Eirne, so that their chattel and their cattle were simultaneously seized completely by the Fir-Manach and by the allied host. Thus Brian Mag Mathgamna was expelled from out the country into the protection of Muinter-Mailmordha and his wife and his daughter were captured.


Cu-Connacht Ua Raighillaigh, king of Breifni, went into the Friars of his own will—a spirited, powerful king was he—and the kingship was given to Philip, namely, to his brother.


Eocbaidh, son of Toirdelbach Mag Mathgamna, was killed


(The Parson O'Congaile, that is, Paidin, namely, archdeacon of Ros-orcir, died.)