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Annals of Inisfallen (Author: unknown)

Annal AI1305


K. A.D. 1305.


Geoffrey Óc de Carew was slain on May Day by the sons of the same Fíngen Ó Mathgamna.


Great hardship at the beginning of the summer of this year.


Ruaidrí Buide Mac Mathgamna, and Tadc his kinsman, were slain in Dísert Muirthile by Tairdelbach Óc Ó Briain and by Donnchad, son of Muiris Ó Cennétig, and some say that it was Brian, son of Muiris, who betrayed them.


Muirchertach Ó Conchobuir Fhailgi and In Calbach his brother, were slain by Sir Piers Bermingham, after he had deceitfully and shamefully invited them and acted as god-father to [the child of] the latter and as co-sponsor with the other. Masir, the little child who was a son of the latter, and whom Piers himself had sponsored at confirmation, was thrown over [the battlements of] the castle, and it was thus it died. And twenty-three or twenty-four of the followers of those men mentioned above, were slain, for In Gaillsech Shacsanach (she was the wife of the same Piers) used to give warning from the top of the castle of any who went into hiding, so that many were slain as a result of those warnings. And woe to the Gaedel who puts trust in a king's peace or in foreigners after that! For, although they had [the assurance of] their king's peace, their heads were brought to Áth Cliath, and much wealth was obtained for them from the foreigners. And when Piers was reproached with that, he said that he was not aware that there was a foreigner in Ireland who


had not undertaken to slay his Gaelic neighbour, and he knew that they would slay, as he had slain; and that it was no wonder the foreigners harboured that evil resolution concerning them, for they (the Gaedil) had avenged themselves thoroughly before they were slain.


Tairdelbach Óc, son of Brian Ruad, died through the miracles of M'Íte and Berchert, after he had violated their sanctuary(?).


Tairdelbach, son of Mathgamain Ó Briain, died.


Cormac, son of Tadc son of Cormac, was slain by the household of Donnchad Mac Carthaig, and by the men of Tuadmumu led by Domnall, son of Crimthann Ó Súilliubáin, and many other nobles.


Domnall, son of Tadc Dall Mac Carthaig, died.


Great warfare in the above year between the foreigners and Gaedil in Laigin and Desmumu.


Ó hInmainéin, a noble and pious coarb, was taken prisoner by the Uí Chuiléin and the Uí Chlainne Inneirgi, and put to death.


Milis Ó Donnocáin and his kinsman were slain by Sir Henry de La Chapelle, when they were on their way to take vengeance on the Uí Chonaill for [the death of] their coarb.

Annal AI1306


K. A.D. 1306.


Tairdelbach Ó Briain, king of Tuadmumu, a chaste, pious, and wise man, died after a victory of generosity, piety, and goodness, and was buried in the church which he had built for the friars on Inis Mac nInill. Donnchad, his son, was made king with opposition after him.


Amlaíb Ó Duinn, chief of Uí Riacáin, was slain by the Uí Dímusaig and by the foreigners.


The church of Tulach Léis was burned by lightning.


Dáuíd Ó Caím was treacherously slain by William 'Súcach' de Barry and by In Mairtélach on the third of the nones [5th] of July.


A defeat was inflicted by Ó Maíl Shechnaill on the foreigners and on Mac Feórais, and many of the foreigners were slain by Ó Maíl Shechnaill and by Mac Eochucáin.



Domnall Óc, son of Domnall Ruad Mac Carthaig, one fitted to be king by reason of good sense, piety, and purity, was taken prisoner by Domnall Cairprech Mac Carthaig and put to death in captivity on the eighth of the Kalends of October [September 24]., and that was regarded as a shocking deed by the Gaedil and by the foreigners generally.

Annal AI1307


K. A.D. 1307.


Edward, king of England, died on the nones [7th] of July on a hosting against the Scots in the confines of Scotland and England,—a knight most prudent, most violent, and most valiant. It was by him the greatest number of people fell in his time,—although he did much evil to the church and to the laity—for by him fell Llywelyn, king of Wales, and his brother David. And by him the Welsh were subdued, and are in servitude since, having no king of their own. By him also great oppression was inflicted on the Scots, after he had banished their king, for according to report, he slew fifty thousand of them in one day, and also a countless number on all sides on another occasion.


Robert Bruce was contending for the kingship of Scotland and expelling the English therefrom, after slaying In Cuimínech Ruad.


Piers Gaveston [came] to Ireland as the king's deputy contrary to the wishes of the English barons.

Annal AI1308


Kl. A.D. 1308.


Death of lord Gillibert de Clare, son of lord Thomas de Clare.


Death of T[homas], heir of T[homas] son of Maurice.


Death of two sons of Domnall Ruad Mac Carthaig, i.e. Carthach and Seón Ruad.


Gilla Mo-Chutu Ó Súilliubáin and Corc, son of Conchobar Ó Caím, died. These were all a great loss to their friends.


Feidlimid, son of Donnchad Mac Carthaig, was (mortally) wounded by his own spear in the Glas Lathaige north of Achad Deó as he was gaffing a trout he had seen in the ford.



The bishops of Les Mór and Port Láirge, and the bishop of Imlech Ibuir who was chancellor of the lord king in Ireland, died.


The castle of Cell Íte was captured and burned by Conchobar Ó Briain, and by Cormac, son of Feidlimid, together with his kinsmen, and a defeat was inflicted on the foreigners, in which Tomicín, son of John, and certain other people were slain.


A hosting by Nicholas fitzMaurice and by Maurice fitzRisibard, and by Mathgamain, son of Domnall Connachtach, tanist of Tuadmumu, into Ealla and Desmumu as well, and they did not succeed in doing much damage save killing two people; and two good chiefs of Tuadmumu, i.e. Ó hAichir and Ó Dedaid, and a number of others along with them were slain.


An expedition by Feidlimid, son of Donnchad Mac Carthaig, and by Conchobar Ó Briain to attack the castle of Cell Blaáin, and they attained little by it, for they were defeated and some of their followers slain, and Conchobar Ó Briain was wounded there.

Annal AI1309


Kl. A.D. 1309.


Great warfare in Laigin between the foreigners themselves, in which were slain In Talúnach on the one side, and Maurice Condon on the other by the Justiciar of Ireland and by William Roche, and by Pátraicín his brother, who laid [violent] hands upon him (Condon). And on that account great strife arose between the Condons and Roches.


Conchobar Ó Briain, son of Donnchad, was slain by the Archdeacons, who are called Clann Ódo, when they attacked the house where he was drinking in Dún Eochaille in Eóganacht Bec.


Aed son of Eógan Ó Conchobuir, king of Connachta, was slain by Aed, son of Cathal Ruad Ó Conchobuir, after he had come to make a raid on the latter and to attack his encampment.



Aed, son of Cathal, was treacherously slain by Mac Uigilin, i.e. by his own constable, while he was contending for the kingship of Connachta against the foreigners, for he was a person worthy of the kingship. Connachta was without a king for the greater part of a year after that, being under the sway of William de Burgo. And the said William gave the title of king to the sons of Aed, son of Eógan; and Ruaidrí, son of Cathal, was at war with the latter and the foreigners together.

Annal AI1310


The Kalends of January on Thursday, and the ninth day of the moon thereon. The second year after the bissextile, the last year of the Decemnovennial Cycle, the eighth of the Indiction, and the one thousandth three hundredth [and tenth] from the Incarnation; and [was] the Dominical Letter.


Donnchad Mac Carthaig was deposed by those nobles of Desmumu who had [previously] given loyalty to him, and in particular by the Eóganacht Caisil. And great forays were made by them in Uí Rathach against Mac Carthaig's freemen and officers, and his two sons, namely, Domnall and Tadc, were taken prisoner and were in captivity for the greater part of a half-year. And they were released on certain conditions, and his own kingship was then restored to the same Donnchad, though they [the nobles] did not take the title of king from Diarmait, on whom they had previously conferred it, and they promised full restoration to Donnchad.


A very violent wind destroyed trees, houses, and churches in the above year, and there was also a great crop of mast, nuts, and apples in the same year.


Cú Meda Mac Con Mara, a very prosperous chieftain, died.


The castle of Dún Meic Odmainn was broken down by Domnall Cairprech Mac Carthaig.

Annal AI1311


The Kalends of January on Friday, and the thirtieth of the moon thereon. The third year after the bissextile,


the first of the Decemnovennial Cycle, the ninth of the Indiction, and the one thousandth one hundredth and eleventh year from the Incarnation; and c was the Dominical Letter after the Annunciation following.


War between the Condons and Roches, with burnings, raidings, and killings between them on both sides. David son of Elisrant, lord of Fir Muige, was taken prisoner by the Condons therein, but they released him to the Justiciar on the consideration that all who were outlawed on their side would obtain the king's peace and their own lands [back again].


By reason of treachery a great dissension arose between the Trícha Cét Ó mBlait and the Trícha Cét Ó Caisín, and an encounter took place, in which two or three score of the Trícha Cét Ó mBlait were slain. Immediately after that the Trícha Cét Ó mBlait gathered from all sides, from across the Sinann and from the outside, and accompanied by Donnchad Ó Briain, and by William de Burgo with a muster of the Connachta, again gave battle to the Clann Chuiléin, and Mac Con Mara, namely Donnchad son of Cú Meda, and Aed Aradach his brother, were slain. And it was Ó Cathail of Uí Fhlaithríg who beheaded Mac Con Mara, although it was the Clann Mathgamna, and Ó Gráda and certain others, according to report, who laid hands, upon him. And the said Domnall Ó Gráda was slain on the same day.


Great warfare in the same year between de Clare and Ó Briain and the Tuadmumu: Sir Richard de Clare and Diarmait, son of Donnchad Ó Briain, on the one side, were opposed by Donnchad Ó Briain and the Tuadmumu, along with William de Burgo and many of the Connachta and of the foreigners of Mide. The latter came to Bun Raite on Ascension Thursday [May 20]. about a week or a fortnight after Mac Con Mara had been slain, and gave battle in ring formation to Sir Richard de Clare and to Sir Maurice Ricebard along with a few of the foreigners of Desmumu and a few of the Gaedil. And although more of these last were slain, they were victorious, and Sir William de Burgo and about twelve or thirteen nobles of those northern foreigners were taken prisoner by them. And Sir John


de Croke, de Burgo's standard-bearer, and certain others on that side were also slain. But most of them fell in the place where Diarmait Ó Briain caught up with them, i.e. from Cuinche to Luchat.


Murchad, son of Mathgamain, son of Domnall Connachtach Ó Briain, committed treachery against Donnchad son of Tairdelbach Ó Briain, king of Tuadmumu, and that crime was a great calamity, for he was a prominent person with a large retinue, destructive [to enemies], and of goodly worth. Although de Clare and Diarmait were in Tuadmumu at that time on a hosting, the murder was not committed by either of them, for according to report, they had no great hand in it, as it was committed because of an old enmity. And the Tuadmumu immediately gave pledges and hostages to Diarmait and to de Clare, and Diarmait was made full king by the foreigners and the Gaedil.


Muirchertach, son of Tairdelbach, Mathgamain Ó Lochlainn, Aed Ó Conchobuir, and Lochlainn Riabach Ó Dedaid left Tuadmumu and went to Connachta, and from there were committing injuries against Tuadmumu. And the same William was released by de Clare on certain conditions, having given his word as a knight with other guarantees for the fulfilment thereof in the matter of his return to his former captivity. He did not, however, fulfil the conditions or keep his word as a knight, but came into Tuadmumu with a more numerous army, including many mercenary soldiers, to make war on de Clare and on Diarmait, and to obtain the kingship for Muirchertach. And they drove Diarmait eastwards over the Forgus, and he (William) took the hostages of Tuadmumu for Muirchertach, bringing them with him into Connachta, and he left Muirchertach in Cluain Rámfhata.


treacherous [...] was committed [...] was taken


[...] one whom he himself had as a soldier, whom he trusted most, and on whom he, of all in the Province at that time, conferred the highest favours. And he [Seoán] brought him by guile from his land to the foreigners, in order that he might be taken prisoner in their house. But the foreigners did not consent to that treachery, for they loathed it. That same Seoán was afterwards despoiled by Domnall Caech Mac Carthaig, and Domnall told the company that he carried out the raid with the connivance of Diarmait. And Diarmait brought Seoán by similar guile from the foreigners houses to the stronghold of Donnchad Mac Carthaigh to seek his consent and that of his son for the imprisonment of Seoán. And he obtained their consent, which was not surprising, for Seoán had previously abandoned Donnchad and his son for Diarmait when Diarmait was contending with them for the kingship for himself, although Seoán's relationship was nearer to them than to Diarmait. They did not consent, however, to Seoán's being taken prisoner by them or in their stronghold, and Diarmait brought him (Seoán) along to the house where he had spent the night, and there took him prisoner together with three of his followers. Diarmait set his people to attack Seoán's stronghold and to raid it again, and they did so in this wise. They carried off in equal numbers dogs and goats, hounds and sheep, beeves and pigs, cauldrons and helmets, vessels of measure and methers, ladles and breastplates, calves and kneading troughs, platters and butter containers, swords and sieves. Nevertheless, that is the most foreign-like, the most disgusting, the most outlandish and the most surprising, the most wretched, the most monstrous and the most cruel, the most exotic and most senseless thing that was done at that time or ever before in this Desmumu. Nor is it remarkable that such an unaccustomed happening should occur while such a young man was reigning, for a wise man says: Alas for a land whose king is a young man or a boy, and whose chiefs feast in the morning!


Seoán Ó Donnchada went into the Church of Mary in Cluain Droichit, and Diarmait Mac Carthaig who had captured him [previously], took him forcibly out of the church.


Diarmait, only son of Carthach Mac Carthaig, was slain by Annud, son of Pilip Ó Súilliubáin, the latter being first wounded by him.



John de Cogan, a great baron of the Munstermen, rested in Christ.


A General Councill presided over by Pope Clement V, was held in France. To it were summoned in person the bishops of Caisel, Cell Da Lua, Les Mór, Imlech Ibuir, and Cluain, and none of these presented themselves nor sent competent deputies through fear that something disagreeable might happen to them.


Repose of William Roche, whom one of the Uí Briain killed by a shot from an arrow.


There arose at this time in the Order of the Friars Minor a dangerous sect, the members of which were called Sarabaites. They wished to deviate from the common rule of the Order, and desired (they claimed) to sweat under the rigours of a sterner life. Under the guise of religious scruple and false piety they spread the poison of their devilish ingenuity and dishonestly placed themselves, their sect, and their erroneous doctrine under the immediate protection of the Holy See and of certain members of the [Papal] Curia who supported them. On this account the Community of the Order appealed, not unadvisedly, from the aforesaid supporters and the unjust auditors (who had been appointed from among them) to the Pope and the said Council, requesting nonetheless that in the meantime the pernicious doctrine of the others, that enunciated by Friar Peter John, be wholly checked lest from the deadly draught the Lord's flock contract the disease of the erroneous leprosy.


Numerous, indeed, are the evil deeds of this year throughout the whole of Ireland.


A.D. 1311 [...] Mac Con Mara and Aed Aradach [...] and others from the same territory were slain in battle


[...] on the Thursday before Brénainn's Feast, and on the same day Domnall, son of Domnall(?) Ó Gráda, and many others were also slain. On the following Monday Lord Richard de Clare with an army of English and Irish burned the town of Tulach Uí Dedaid and ravaged a great part of Cenél Fermaic and Cenél Dúngaile, slaying [...] there. On Thursday of the following week Lord William de Burgo came with a large army to assist Donnchad Ó Briain, chief of Tuadmumu, against Lord Richard de Clare, whom they engaged in battle on the hill of Bun Raite. Lord Richard's army retreated in flight [...]; and eventually Lord Richard departed [...] [gap: original illegible] vixit ex [gap: original illegible] comes Ultonie dominus [gap: original illegible]na [gap: original illegible]dit [gap: original illegible] ex exercitu(?) sit, qui [gap: original illegible] comes Ultonie iude [gap: original illegible] nullus fuerat [gap: original illegible] tuu capto et [gap: original illegible] nullis ex exercitu [gap: original illegible]In vigilia beati [gap: original illegible] Lochlainn Riabach Ó Dea(daid) [gap: original illegible] Cenél Fermaic occisus [gap: original illegible] du subdiaconi cum fratre [gap: original illegible] Diarmaada. In principio ueris proximi [gap: original illegible] filii Donnchad Ó Dedaid in-[gap: original illegible] Ruad et Ruaidrí per filios [gap: original illegible] Dáuíd Ó Dedaid prodicione [gap: original illegible] t et isto die indito quia per ufil [gap: original illegible] ultimo nominatorum praefatus Lochlainn Ó Dedaid occisus est.


Annal AI1312


A.D. 1312.


A battle was fought between Donnchad, son of Domnall Ó Briain, with his followers on the one side and Lochlainn Ó hAichir and Cenél Fermaic on the other, in which many were slain and Tadc Luimnig and Muirchertach, son of (Mael) Pátraic Ó hAichir, captured.


Item. On the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle in the same year Diarmait Ó Briain killed some of the Clann Chuiléin who opposed him on the public highway near Cuinche.


Item. Immediately afterwards Diarmait Ó Briain attacked Bréntír of Cenél Fermaic, ravaged much of the land, and slew some of the Uí Chuiléin.


Item. In the same year the above-mentioned Diarmait entered Echtge, took hostages from Clann Chuiléin, and slew some people and despoiled others. And he drove Muirchertach Ó Briain from the territory and himself took possession of it.


Item. In the same year Lochlainn Mac Con Mara was taken prisoner by Lord Richard de Clare at Bun Raite.

Annal AI1313


A.D. 1313.


Diarmait Ó Briain, chief of Tuadmumu, died and was buried in the habit of the Friars Minor at Inis.


Item. On the day following this Diarmait's funeral Lochlainn Mac Con Mara and Mael Echlainn [were slain] by the Trícha Cét Ó mBlait.


Item. In the same year Donnchad, son of Domnall Ó Briain, and his brother Brian, accompanied by many nobles from Tuadmumu, invaded Uaithne and slew many of the inhabitants.


Item. The same Brian, son of Domnall, entered Ara despite opposition from certain noble's of the territory who were put to flight, and there he captured Aed Ó Conchobuir, Donnchad, son of Congalach Ó Lochlainn, and many others.


Item. In the same year Muirchertach, son of Tairdelbach Ó Briain, assembled an army from Connachta, entered Tuadmumu, and joined battle with Donnchad Ó Briain and Mathgamain. Muirchertach was victorious, slaying Murchad, son of Mathgamain Ó Briain, and many others along with him. And Mathgamain and his son Brian, were wounded; the remainder took flight, many of them being [also] slain. Muirchertach moved on through Tuadmumu towards Luimnech, and he despoiled many nearby Luimnech; but Donnchad Ó Briain and Mathgamain rallied the country against him, and he again returned to


Connachta. In the same year also, the territory was divided between Muirchertach and Donnchad aforementioned, and peace was established.

Annal AI1314


A.D. 1314.


Muirchertach Ó Briain captured Brian, son of Mac Mathgamna, and Diarmait his brother, in a skirmish, and put both to death along with a third brother named Tadc, whom he held prisoner in chains.


Item. In the same year the priest Ó Maíl Fhinn(?) was killed by some of the Uí Dedaid.


Item. Lord Richard de Clare went to England, and immediately afterwards Muirchertach Ó Briain began warfare against Donnchad Ó Briain. He assembled a mighty army, including Lord William de Burgo, Lord Thomas Butler, and their forces, and they entered Tuadmumu, and committed many evil deeds principally in Cenél Dúngaile, for there they burned buildings, laid waste crops, killed countless cows, and forced their way into churches. Donnchad Ó Briain together with his brother Brian, and Muirchertach, son of Donnchad, was then driven from the territory to Bun Raite, and Muirchertach, son of Tairdelbach Ó Briain, took the hostages of Tuadmumu in his stead and burned much of Bun Raite. And a bare fortnight afterwards Donnchad gathered unto him the followers of Richard de Clare, and with the aid of the son of Thomas, and his own brother, and Lord Maurice Rocheford they entered Bun Raite; and Donnchad Ó Briain (himself) took a great prey from the enemy beyond Clár, where some were slain, some captured, and many despoiled. Subsequently the same Donnchad together with the English came through the whole of Tuadmumu and took hostages; and Muirchertach Ó Briain with his following, including people and their chattels, made their way to Echtge. But Lord Maurice Rocheford and Donnchad Ó Briain with his kinsmen and a very large host followed them, and on that occasion Clann Chuiléin was utterly ruined, for buildings and all crops were left in flames, and the church of Tulach was damaged and despoiled of many valuables by some wicked camp-followers. On the morrow


they pursued Muirchertach to Echtge, but he and the Clann Chuiléin and the sept of Flaithbertach Finn Ó Dedaid abandoned the territory and entered Connachta.