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Annal 1418


1418 First of January on Saturday and the twenty-fifth day of the moon, MCCCCXVIII. Thirteenth year of the Lunar Cycle; eleventh year of the Indiction; tenth year of the Solar Cycle. Common year. B.


The death of Brian Ballach son of Aed son of Feidlim O Conchobair happened a little before St. Bridget's day this year. He was the very best prince for valour and bounty, for he never refused food or clothing or treasure to any man, if he had it [or] could procure it, and he was never overcome in battle or combat. He died after winning a victory over the world and the Devil and was buried at Roscommon.


Eogan son of Tigernan Mor O Ruairc, eligible prince of Brefne, was drowned in Garradice Loch on his way from Cherry Island to visit his father, who was on his deathbed at the time. This was a ‘fall on the assembly threshold,’ his being drowned on the threshold of the kingship.


Tigernan Mor son of Ualgarc O Ruairc, king of Brefne, the keenest and boldest fighter of the Cath O mBriuin since the time of Tigernan son of Murchad, one who took forcible possession of his patrimony from his enemies by the prowess of his own strong hand, died at a good old age in his own stronghold about St. Bridget's day and was buried in the monastery of Sligo.


Tadc son of Cathal son of Tadc Mac Flannchaid, chieftain of Dartry, died.


Risderd son of Tomas O Raigillig, king of Brefne East, was drowned in Loch Sheelin; and Eogan O Raigillig his young active wellbeloved son, Barrdub daughter of Mag Findbairr and two masters of the followers of O Raigillig were also drowned


there, namely Pilip son of Gilla Isa Mac Gafraid, dean of Drumlane and vicar of Annagh, and Domnall O Ceoachain. Findguala daughter of Mag Ragnaill, O Raigillig's wife, escaped by swimming.


Aed Buide O Ruairc took his father's place and a great war was waged against him by the sons of Tadc O Ruairc, and the Fir Manach, the Clann Murthaile (?) and the Tellach Dunchada joined them against the sons of O Ruairc.


Eogan son of Seoan son of Pilip assumed the kingship of the Muinter Mailmorda in succession to Risderd son of Tomas O Raigillig.


Muirgius son of Conchobar Mac Diarmata, a man well qualified for the kingship of Moylurg, if God had vouchsafed it to him, for his nobility and high standing, and a potential bishop for his wisdom and learning and humility, rested in Christ a week before Great Christmas.


Mac Con O hEtersceoil, king of Corca Laigde, his brother the Bishop O hEtersceoil and Diarmait son of Mag Carthaig Cluasach, eligible prince of the Ui Cairpri, died.


Niall O Domnaill made a great raid against O Neill and drove him eastwards across the Bann to seek asylum with Mac Uigilin.


Great depredations by Lord Furnival against Aed son of Art Mag Aengusa, king of Iveagh. Mac Aengusa and Mac Ui Neill Buide followed up the track of their cattle and the Galls afterwards, and it is hard to estimate the number of Galls killed and captured there.


Uilliam O Cellaig was fifteen days in the summer of this year building a small castle opposite the great castle of Roscommon, in-spite of the Galls and Gaels of Connacht who opposed him withs the posterity of Toirrdelbach O Conchobair.


The sons of Domnall son of Muirchertach O Conchobair and the Clann Donnchada set out with a large force to destroy the small castle. They halted and encamped about it on all


sides. However, they got no good of it, for the castle was sternly and stoutly defended against them, and as they could not injure it they victualled the great castle. Kilcooley was burned at that time, in spite of the sons of O Conchobair.


Lasarfina daughter of Cathal son of Aed Brefnech O Conchobair, wife of Maelsechlainn son of Flaithbertach O Ruairc, died this year.


Great war this year between the crowned kings, the kings of France and England. Much of the land of France was devastated and depopulated by the English and cities were taken by them.


Eogan son of Cu Chonnacht son of Tomas Mag Tigernain died a little before Great Christmas.


Mailir Burke, the good son of Thomas Burke and the daughter of Raymond, died this year.


Tadc son of Domnall O Cellaig, lord of Clonmacnowen and fully qualified for the lordship of all Ui Maine by his liberality and safeguard, if God had granted it to him, a universal protector who never refused a suppliant, died about the Lord's Nativity, having received Unction and made repentance to God afterwards.


Magnus son of Feidlim Clerech son of Aed son of Feidlim [O Conchobair] made a raid on O Gadra this year. Tomaltach Mac Diarmata was waiting for them at Bel an Atha Min and their prey was taken from them and some of their followers were cut off. The son of Cormac son of Diarmait Mac Branain was killed there, and Cathal son of Branan of the Cregga and Tomas son of O Findain's son and Cu Echtgi Mac Dail re Docair. Many on both sides were wounded and Magnus mac Feidlim himself was captured [and held] until reparation (?) was received from him.