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Annal 1233


1233 First of January on Sunday and the sixteenth day of the moon. Eighteenth year of the Cycle of Nineteen; twentyfirst year of the Solar Cycle; sixth year of the Indiction. MCCXXXIII. Common year. B.


Fedlim son of Cathal Crobderg marched into Connacht and Cormac son of Tomaltach [Mac Diarmata], king of Moylurg, came to meet him and brought him into Moylurg and they encamped at Druim Grecraige—[Fedlim], Cormac and his son Conchobar, the three Tuatha and Donnchad and Muirchertach sons of Muirchertach Mac Diarmata. They all determined to go after Aed mac Ruaidri king of Connacht and the rest of Ruaidri's descendants; and they inflicted on them such a routing and scattering that the kingship and sovranty of the province of Connacht was taken from the seed of Ruaidri on that day. Aed mac Ruaidri king of Connacht, Aed Muimnech mac Ruaidri and his son, Donnchad Mor son of Diarmait mac Ruaidri and many others not here recorded were slain there. For Aed Muimnech had violated the sanctuary of Tibohine and plundered it, and many other churches and sacred buildings had been plundered by them, so that they fell [by the hand of their enemies] to avenge the honour of the saints and churches of Connacht.



Ragallach O Flannacain was killed on that same day, and Thomas Biris Constable of Ireland and Owen his brother. Owen Guer and many other Galls were also killed there, all of whom had before been cursed and excommunicated by the churchmen of Connacht. However, Aed mac Ruaidri had been five years King of Connacht, as the poet said: ‘Aed mac Ruaidri of the swift onslaught, five years his rule over the province, till he fell— a loss on every frontier— by the hand of Fedlimid.’ Here ends the rule of the children of Ruaidri O Conchobair, King of Ireland. For the Pope offered him the title to [the kingship of] Ireland for himself and his seed for ever, and likewise six wives, if he would renounce the sin of adultery henceforth; and since he would not accept these terms God took the rule and sovranty from his seed for ever, in punishment for his sin.


After this Fedlim mac Cathail Chrobdeirg assumed the kingship and sovranty, and he broke down the castles that had been built by the power of the sons of Ruaidri and Mac William Burke, that is to say, that of Bun Gaillme, Hen's Castle, Hag's Castle and the castle of Dunamon.


In this year peace and discipline were imposed forthwith upon the armed bands and malefactors of Connacht, in the time of this young king.


A hosting was made by William, son of Hugo de Lacy and the daughter of Ruaidri O Conchobair, and the Galls of Meath in great force along with him, into Brefne against Cathal O Raigillig and Cu Chonnacht his brother from whom they took great preys. But a party of O Raigillig's men came upon de Lacy and the other chiefs of the army as they were carrying off the preys and they gave battle to each other. William Brit was killed then and many other principal Galls. William de Lacy himself was wounded, as well as Charles son of Cathal Gall O Conchobair, Piers the Fairhaired, son of the Foreign Queen, Diarmair Bernach (gap-toothed) O Mailsechlainn and many more, and they turned back after that, having exacted neither security or hostage. Moin Crandchain is the name of the place where that fight was. These leaders died at home of their wounds.


Donn Cathaig, erenagh of Aghagower, rested in Christ on the 15th of December; a man reverenced by clergy and laity for his qualities of mind-and body; the most generous bestower of cattle and food in his age; the protector of the wretched


and the prosperous; an honour to his land and country; the reconciler of all disputes between his own household and the public in general.


Mael Isa O Maenaig, a very reverend priest who used to recite his Psalter every day except Sunday, rested in Christ.


Fergal Mac Cormac died.