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Annála Connacht (Author: [unknown])

Annal 1274


1274 First of January on Monday and the seventeenth day of the moon, A.D. MCCLXXIV. Second year of the Decemnovennial Lunar Cycle; sixth year of the Solar Cycle; second year of the Indiction. Common year. G.


Aed son of Fedlimid son of Cathal Crobderg O Conchobair, king of Connacht for nine years, died on the third day of May this year, a Thursday and the feast of the Invention of the


Holy Cross; a king who wasted and desolated Connacht in fighting the Galls and Gaels who opposed him; a king who inflicted great defeats on the Galls and pulled down their palaces and castles; a king who took the hostages of the Ui Briuin and the Cenel Conaill; the destroyer and healer of Ireland was he; the king most dreaded and triumphant of all the kings of Ireland in his day, as the poet says: ‘For nine years did this Aed Engach defend the Family of Tara—no feeble forrayer was he—against Gall and Gael.’


Eogan son of Ruaidri son of Aed mac Cathail Chrobdeirg was instated in his stead by the men of Connacht. However, this kingship which was bestowed upon him was a short one, for he had been but three months in the lordship of Connacht when his own close kindred, led by Ruaidri son of Toirrdelbach son of Aed O Conchobair, killed him in the church of the friars at Roscommon, as the poet says: ‘Ruaidri's son reigned for three months—short was the thread for the nursling of Bregia—the men of untilled Ailech wrought Eogan's sudden death.’


Aed son of Cathal Dall son of Aed mac Cathail Chrobdeirg was made king in the stead of Eogan son of Ruaidri by the men of Connacht this year, and his reign was no longer, for he had only been king for a fortnight when he was killed by Mag Oirechtaig, namely Tomaltach, at Grainsech Sruthra, and by O Birn, as the poet says: ‘Aed son of Cathal, fierce was his rule; he fought for the province of Connacht; after that, Crede's descendant was the spouse of Cruachu for a fortnight.’


Tadc son of Toirrdelbach son of Aed mac Cathail Chrobdeirg was made king after Aed son of Cathal this year. For it was [loss] enough for one year that three kings of Connacht died therein—Aed son of Fedlim, Eogan son of Ruaidri and Aed son of Cathal Dall, as we have said.


Tigernan son of Aed O Ruairc, king of Brefne, died.


Domnall son of Magnus son of Muirchertach Muimnech O Conchobair, renowned in all Ireland for his bounty and valour, died.


Tadc son of Cerball Buide O Dalaig, ollav in poetry to Aed O Conchobair, died this year.



Gilla na Naem son of Aed son of Amlaib O Fergail, the most excellent chieftain of his day in all Ireland, died after a triumph of repentance, having been for thirty years ruler of Clann Conmaig meic Fergusa, defending Annaly against Galls and Gaels at large. Cathal son of Gilla na Naem succeeded him as chieftain and ruled for ten years.


Cathal Mag Flannchaid, chieftain of Dartry, died.


Maelsechlainn son of Amlaib son of Art O Ruairc, king of Dartry and Clann Fermaige, was killed by Conchobar son of Domnall son of Tigernan O Ruairc at Killarga. He [Conchobar] was made king afterwards.


Domnall Oc son of Amlaib son of Art O Ruairc died.