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Annals of the Four Masters (Author: [unknown])

Annal M265


The Age of Christ, 265.


The thirty-ninth year of Cormac.


Ceallach, son of Cormac, and Cormac's lawgiver, were mortally wounded, and the eye of Cormac himself was destroyed with one thrust of a lance by Aenghus Gaibhuaibhtheach, son of Fiacha Suighdhe, son of Feidhlimidh the Lawgiver. Cormac afterwards fought and gained seven battles over the Deisi, in revenge of that deed, and he expelled them from their territory, so that they are now in Munster.

Annal M266


The Age of Christ, 266.


Forty years was Cormac, son of Art, son of Conn, in the sovereignty of Ireland, when he died at Cleiteach, the bone of a


salmon sticking in his throat, on account of the siabhradh genii which Maelgenn, the Druid, incited at him, after Cormac had turned against the Druids, on account of his adoration of God in preference to them. Wherefore a devil attacked him, at the instigation of the Druids, and gave him a painful death. It was Cormac who composed Teagusc Na Righ, to preserve manners, morals, and government in the kingdom. He was a famous author in laws, synchronisms, and history, for it was he that established law, rule, and direction for each science, and for each covenant according to propriety; and it is his laws that governed all that adhered to them to the present time.

It was this Cormac, son of Art, also, that collected the Chroniclers of Ireland to Teamhair, and ordered them to write the chronicles of Ireland in one book, which was named the Psalter of Teamhair. In that book were entered the coeval exploits and synchronisms of the kings of Ireland with the kings and emperors of the world, and of the kings of the provinces with the monarchs of Ireland. In it was also written what the monarchs of Ireland were entitled to receive from the provincial kings, and the rents and dues of the provincial kings from their subjects, from the noble to the subaltern. In it also were described the boundaries and meares of Ireland, from shore to shore, from the province to the cantred, from the cantred to the townland, and


from the townland to the traighidh of land. These things are celebrated in Leabhar Na nUidhri. They are evident in the Leabhar Dinnsenchusa.

Annal M267


The Age of Christ, 267.


Eochaidh Gonnat in the sovereignty of Ireland, when he fell by Lughaidh Meann, son of Aenghus, one of the Ulstermen.

Annal M268


The Age of Christ, 268.


The first year of Cairbre Liffeachair, son of Cormac, son of Art, in the sovereignty of Ireland.

Annal M271


The Age of Christ, 271.


The fourth year of Cairbre.


Three battles were fought by Cairbre against the men of Munster, in defence of the rights of Leinster.

Annal M272


The Age of Christ, 272.


The fifth year of Cairbre.


Four battles by Cairbre against the men of Munster, in defence of the rights of Leinster.

Annal M276


The Age of Christ, 276.


The ninth year of Cairbre in the sovereignty of Ireland.


Aenghus Gaibuaibhtheach was killed this year by the sons of Cairbre Liffechair, namely, Fiacha Sraibhtine and Eochaidh Doimhlen.

Annal M283


The Age of Christ, 283.


The sixteenth year of Cairbre.


Finn, grandson of Baisgne, fell by Aichleach, son of Duibhdreann, and the sons of Uirgreann of the Luaighni Teamhrach, at Ath Brea, upon the Boinn Boyne, of which was said:


  1. Finn was killed, it was with darts,
    With a lamentable wound;
    Aichleach, son of Duibhdreann, cut off
    The head of the son of Mochtamuin.
  2. Were it not that Caeilti took revenge,
    It would have been a victory after all his true battles;
    The three were cut off by him,
    Exulting over the head of the royal champion.

Annal M284


The Age of Christ, 284.


After Cairbre Liffeachair had been seventeen years in the sovereignty of Ireland, he fell in the battle of Gabhra Aichle, by the hand of Semeon, son of Cearb, one of the Fotharta; Fearcorb, the son of Cormac Cas, having brought the Fiana with him, against the king, to defend Leath Mhogha against him.

Annal M285


The Age of Christ, 285.


Fothadh was one year over Ireland, when Fothadh Cairptheach was slain by Fothadh Airgtheach. Fothadh Airgtheach was afterwards slain in the battle of Ollarba, in Magh Line, by Caeilte.