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Annal MCB1404



The first of January. [A.D.] 1404 ; [A.M.] 5608.


Conchobhar Ó Ceallaigh, king of Uí Mhaine, died, and Tadhg Ó Ceallaigh was made king after him.


Thomas Barrett, bishop of Elphin, died.


Maol Seachlainn Ó Dubhda, a famous man, died.


A great war by Brian Ó Conchobhair, An Calbhach Ó Conchobhair, and Cinéal Fiachach on the Daltons, and they did much destruction, and burned Ráith Sgiach, i.e. the most flourishing town in Ireland in its time, i.e. Henry Dalton's town.


The Galls were driven from the whole province [of Ulaidh,] and the North was burned, including lay and Church property, and the monasteries Downpatrick, Inis Draighin and Coleraine—were despoiled and demolished by Mac Aonghusa, Mac Giolla Mhuire, and by Scotsmen.


The monastery of Cluain Tuaisgirt Ua Maine was unfortunately burned by lightning.


Cathal Ó Conchobhair, son of Ruaidhrí son of Toirdhealbhach, was captured by Ó Conchobhair Ruadh after he himself had summoned him to his assembly. He was incarcerated in the castle of Dún Iomdháin, and owing to that a great war arose in Connacht, with great destruction of crops.


Cathaoir Ó Díomasaigh, a man renowned for hospitality and prowess, was killed by the Galls of Leinster.


Tadhg son of Cathal Óg Ó Conchobhair was killed by [Eóghan] Mac an Abadh Ó Conchobhair.


Conchobhar Mac Diarmada, king of Magh Luirg, a man renowned for hospitality and valour, died at Carraig Locha Cé, and Tadhg succeeded him.


Muircheartach Bacach son of Domhnall son of Muircheartach Ó Conchobhair, lord of north-west Connacht, died in Sligo, and Brian, his kinsman, succeeded him.


Feidhhmidh Ó Díomasaigh was killed by Galls.


John Colton, archbishop of Armagh, a wise, honourable man, died this year.


Pope Boniface the 5, a man renowned for sanctity, died.


Annal MCB1405



The first of January. [A.D.] 1405 ; [A.M.] 5609.


Tadhg son of Aodh Mac Diarmada, king of Magh Luirg, was killed by Ó Conchobhair Donn, and Ruaidhrí succeeded him.


A great war between Ó Conchobhair Failghe and the Galls, and he made a hosting into Fir Thulach and burned most of the country.


Corca Raoidhe was burned by Ó Fearghail and the son of Herbert de la Mare, and the son of William Óg son of Herbert was captured by them, and peace was afterwards made between Ó Fearghail and the family of William Óg in this same year.


The castle of Granard was built by Uilliam Ó Fearghail.


The castle of Barrcha was built by Cathal son of Tomás Ó Fearghail.


The castle of Imper was built by Andrew son of Henry son of Nicholas Dalton.


Aodh Ó hAinlighe, chieftain of Cinéal Dobhtha, died in the forty-eighth year of his lordship, and was buried at Cluain Coirpthe Bearaigh, and Lochlainn, his son, succeeded him.


A great war between Ó Maoil Sheachlainn, on the one side, and the Dillons and Calraighe on the other, and Murchadh Sreamach son of Brian Mac Amhalghadha, a man eligible to be chieftain of Calraighe, was killed by Ó Maoil Sheachlainn in the same year.


Domhnall son of Muircheartach Mac Amhalghadha was captured by Ó Maoil Sheachlainn through a mischance.


The Earl of Ormond, i.e. James Butler, died, and the Galls were very powerless after that.


Cormac son of Aodh Mac Diarmada was killed by Ó Conchobhair Donn and MacWilliam of Clann Riocaird, and there was a great war in Connacht.


Conghalach son of Muircheartach Mac Carghamhna, i.e. chieftain of Muinntear Mhaoil Shionna, a venerable, very aged man, died in the twenty-first year of his lordship, and his son Conchobhar succeeded him.


A raid by the Dillons and the Calraighe on Ó Maoil Sheachlainn, and they took many cows.


Cú Chonnacht Ó Cuinn, chieftain of Muinntear Ghiollgáin, died, and Feidhlimidh succeeded him.


Loughrea was burned by Ó Ceallaigh.


A great war by the Scotsmen and the Welsh against the English.



Toirdhealbhach son of Seafraidh Ó Fearghail, head of Clann Ghiolla na Naomh Í Fhearghail, died.


Cearbhall son of Lochlainn Ó Dálaigh, ollamh of Ireland in poetry, died in Corca Mruadh.


Great raids by MacWilliam of Clann Riocaird, i.e. Ulick, on Ó Ceallaigh, i.e. Tadhg.


Maol Ruanaidh Mac Diarmada and the family of Fearghal Mac Diarmada settled again in Magh Luirg, and half the territory including title and lordship, was given to them by Ruaidhrí Dubh Mac Diarmada, king (or joint-king) of Magh Luirg.


Aughuistín Magraidhin, one of the canons of Oileán na Naomh, an undisputed master of sacred and secular wisdom, including Latin learning, history, and many other sciences, ollamh of eloquence for Western Europe, compiler of this book and of many other books, including Lives of Saints and histories, died on the Wednesday before the first of November in his fifty-sixth year, on the sixth day of the moon. May the Saviour Jesus Christ have mercy on his soul!


Baile Locha Luatha was burned by Ó Maoil Sheachlaihn, i.e. Cormac Óg son of Cormac Ballach, and the church was burned too, and innumerable valuables were destroyed, including the image of the Trinity.


A great war among the Romans and, according to report, the Pope; i.e., Boniface, was banished from Rome.


A raid by Muiris son of Conchobhar Ó Fearghail on Calraighe, and he took cows and killed people.


Cathal Ó Conchobhair was released, and hostages were given by him to Ó Conchobhair Ruadh.


Very tempestuous weather and very heavy rainfall this winter, causing much destruction.


A bishop came to Elphin, i.e. Seaán Ó Gráda.


Annal MCB1406



The first of January. [A.D.] 1406 ; [A.M.] 5610.


Meyler Bermingham went to Críoch na gCéadach to defend it against the Irish, i.e. against Ó Conchobhair Failghe. He had a large force with him to assist the Galls of Midhe, and Bermingham's son, i.e. Meyler, made attacks on Diarmaid Ó Conchobhair in the two Croit, wherein many people were killed, including the daughter of Diarmaid Ó Conchobhair, and wherein they took much booty and destroyed innumerable cattle.


Pope Innocent died. Gregory succeeded him.


A war between the Daltons themselves, i.e. between Dalton and Miles Dalton. Attacks were made by Dalton on Miles in the castle of Muileann Miadhacháin, and Miles Dalton was killed in the castle by a single arrow-shot, and the castle was captured by Dalton and handed over to Pierce son of Hubert Dalton. Loss of revenue and great weakness resulted to the descendants of Nicholas Dalton from this deed.


Great raids by the Galls on Ó Raighilligh, and they took many cows.


The son of Murchadh an tSléibhe Ó Fearghail, i.e. Murchadh, head of the company of Clann Aodha an tSléibhe, died.


The church of Forgnaidhe was burned by the family of Robert Dalton, and Patrick's church at Imper was burned by the family of Miles Dalton, and it was after this that Miles Dalton was killed.


Ó Lochlainn, i.e. Donnchadh, king of Corca Mruadh, was killed by his own brother's family, i.e. by the family of Maol Seachlainn Cam, to avenge their father whom he [i.e. Donnchadh] had killed in fratricide; and that was a great act of virtue to God. Murchadh son of Brian Ó Lochlainn was made king in succession to him.


Cathal Mac Samhradháin, an excellent son of a chieftain and a man eligible to be chieftain of his own territory, died.


Maol Ruanaidh Mac Donnchadha, king of Tír Oilealla, a man renowned for hospitality and valour, died in the ninth year of his reign, and Conchobhar, his brother, succeeded him.



[Eóghan] Mac an Abadh Ó Conchobhair went into Midhe with a large force to assist the Galls of Midhe, and he made attacks on Ó Conchobhair Failghe in his own town, and Ó Conchobhair escaped safely, and he burned the town and also took innumerable cattle.


The castle of Tuillsce was built by Ó Conchobhair Ruadh.


The castle of Áth na Stuaidhe was built by Clannmhaicne Eóghain Í Cheallaigh.


The castle of Tír Leicín was built by Ross son of Conchobhar son of Cathal Ó Fearghail in the same year.


Incursions by Eóghan Mac an Abadh son of Toirdhealbhach Ó Conchobhair and the Galls of Midhe into Uí Fhailghe against the town of Ó Cúlcorra, i.e. the son of Giolla Buidhe, and the town was held against them until Ó Conchobhair and the Uí Fhailghe overtook them and inflicted a defeat on them, in which Mac an Abadh Ó Conchobhair, i.e. Eóghan, a prince renowned for his almsgiving, hospitality, piety, vigour, and donations, was killed. Aodh Buidhe son of Éamann son of Éamann Ó Ceallaigh was killed there too, and the son of Mac Muiris na mBrígh, and Uilliam son of Seaán Mac Branáin, son of the chieftain of Corca Athchlann, and Mac Suibhne's son, along with almost all his eighty gallowglasses. It is unknown how many people, noble and lowly, were killed. The priest of the 6 was captured there, and the Buacach Pádraig was taken from him.


Great raids by Uilliam Ruadh son of Maol Seachlainn son of Uilliam son of Donnchadh Muimhneach Ó Ceallaigh on Conchobhar son of Éamann son of Éamann son of Donnchadh Muimhneach, and he took many cows. Conchobhar son of the son of Éamann Ó Ceallaigh was captured by Uilliam son of Maol Seachlainn Ó Ceallaigh, after he had summoned him to his own assembly, and six of his people were killed in Port Airenaigh, and Domhnall son of the son of Éamann Ó Ceallaigh was captured there too.


The same war continued between the Daltons, and the descendants of Nicholas Dalton left the country and went into Cinéal Fiachach mic Néill. Incursions were made by the Daltons and by Cathal son of Tomás Ó Fearghail into Cinéal Fiachach, and the Daltons and Cinéal Fiachach engaged each other. Cinéal Fiachach were defeated, Nicholas Cerr son of John Dalton was killed by the Daltons, and William son of


John [Dalton] was captured by them. They went into the country after that and burned the house of Fearghal Ruadh Mac Eochagáin and Baile Í Bhraonáin, and attacked Baile Huiginn Í Bhraonáin. Cinéal Fiachach overtook them, but they defeated them, and three sons of Brian son of Domhnall Ó Fearghail were killed there, i.e. Maol Sheachlainn, Diarmaid, and Tomás Ruadh, and Cairbre son of Art Ó Maoil Sheachlainn was captured there.


Caisleán Nua was taken by the family of Conchobhar son of Cathal [Ó Fearghail] and the family of Tomás son of Cathal Ó Fearghail, and they divided Forgnaidhe between them with the consent of Dalton.


Tadhg Ó Birn, chieftain of Tír Bhriúin, died, and Cormac Ó Birn succeeded him.


The family of Fearghal Mac Diarmada was again banished by Ruaidhrí Dubh Mac Diarmada, i.e. the king of Magh Luirg.


Toirdhealbhach Donn son of Aodh son of Toirdhealbhach Ó Conchobhair, joint-king of Connacht, tower of support of the Gaels, a strong, vigorous, courtly, unforbearing man, was killed in treachery by Cathal Dubh [Ó Conchobhair], the son of Ó Conchobhair Ruadh, i.e. Toirdhealbhach, and John son of Hubert de Burgo in Fidhic in Clann Chonmhaigh, and that John fell by the hand of Ó Conchobhair in the counter-attack of a sword-thrust, for it was he who first struck Ó Conchobhair.

    1. From the birth of Christ it is verily
      a thousand four clear hundred and six years
      to the slaying of that Toirdhealbhach
      treacherously in Clann Chonnmhaigh.


A great epidemic in Leinster and Munster, and Aodh Ó Tuathail died of it.


Incursions by Baron Hussey, i.e. the sheriff of Midhe, and the Daltons into Breaghmhuine, and Ó Maoil Sheachlainn, the [men of] Breaghmhuine, and Dillon overtook them in the territory. They inflicted a defeat on the Galls, and people were killed, and twelve or thirteen horses were taken from them. Edmund son of Hubert Dalton was captured by Domhnall Ó Braoin on that occasion.


Annal MCB1407



The first of January. [A.D.] 1407 ; [A.M.] 5611.


Very tempestuous weather and a murrain of cattle this year.


The son of Uilliam Óg Ó Ceallaigh, an excellent prince, and the son of Mathghamhain Ó Neachtain were treacherously killed by Fearadhach son of the son of Domhnall Ó Ceallaigh in Clannmhaicne Eóghain.


Cathal Ó Conchobhair, son of the king of Uí Fhailghe, an excellent prince and the best warrior of Leath Mogha, was killed by Clann Feóruis.


Cathal son of Ruaidhrí Ó Conchobhair was made king in Connacht by MacWilliam of Clann Riocaird, i.e. Ulick, and by the son of Domnall son of Muircheartach Ó Conchobhair in opposition to Ó Conchobhair Ruadh. A great war in Connacht between those kings.