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Annal 1318


1318 First of January on Saturday and the twenty-first day of the moon, A.D. MCCCXVIII. Eighth year of the Lunar Cycle; first year of the Indiction; twenty-second year of the Solar Cycle. Embolismal year. A.


A great defeat was inflicted on the Galls by O Cerbaill in Ely, where Adam Mares and many others were killed.


A great army was assembled by Maelruanaid Mac Diarmata, king of Moylurg, and these were the chief men in it:—Toirrdelbach O Conchobair, king of Connacht, Ualgarc O Ruairc, king of Brefne, Conchobar O Cellaig, king of Ui Maine, Tomaltach Mac Donnchada, Lord of Tirerrill. These all marched out to attack Cathal son of Domnall O Conchobair at Fasa Choillid, and Cathal offered them great concessions if they would leave him unmolested; and these chieftains did not accept his offer, but pressed on to the middle of his stronghold. This did not move him to flight or fear, but he issued fierce and furious from the houses to attack them and they fought together then. Moreover Conchobar O Cellaig, king of the Ui Maine, was killed in that battle, and Brian son of Toirrdelbach O Conchobair, eligible prince of Connacht, and Brian son of Magnus and Cathal son of Gilla Crist Mac Diarmata; and many others gentle and simple were killed or mortally wounded (?).



This Cathal then attacked Connacht, made great raids on Mac Diarmata, seized the kingship of Connacht himself and deposed Toirrdelbach O Conchobair; after which he placed himself under the protection of William Burke and all the Connacht Galls.


Gilla in Choimded son of Cinaeth O Gormgaile and his wife, Gormlaith daughter of Mac Branain, died at this time. He was Erenagh of Elphin.


Seoan son of O Neill, that is of Domnall O Neill, was killed by Aed O Domnaill at Derry; and Mac Domnaill and many others were slain and drowned on the same day.


Richard de Clare died.


Edward Bruce, he who was the common ruin of the Galls and Gaels of Ireland, was by the Galls of Ireland killed at Dundalk by dint of fierce fighting. Mac Ruaidri, king of the Hebrides, and Mac Domnaill, king of Argyle, and their Scots were killed with him; and never was there a better deed done for the Irish than this, since the beginning of the world and the banishing of the Fomorians from Ireland. For in this Bruce's time, for three years and a half, falsehood and famine and homicide filled the country,and undoubtedly men ate each other in Ireland.


Seoan O Fergail was killed with an arrow-shot by his own son.


Sefraid son of Gilla na Naem O Fergail, chieftain of Annaly, died after completing thirty-six years of his reign.


Snow the like of which had not been seen for many a long year.


Cathal son of Gilla Crist Dall Mag Ragnaill was killed.