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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- Achall which confronts Temair,
the youths from Emain loved her;
she was mourned when she died,
the white bride of Glan, son of Carbad.
- 5] The daughter of Cairpri perished,
the daughter of Fedelm Noichruthach,
from grief for Erc, which fills the stanza(,
who was slain in vengeance for Cuchullin.
- Conall Cernach brought the head of Erc
10] to Temair about the hour of terce;
bad was the deed was done by him,
the breaking of the cold heart of Achall.
- The Mound of Finn, the Mound of the Druids,
the Mound of Creidne, cheek by cheek;
15] the Mound about which was fought the famous fight,
the Mound of Erc, the Mound of Achall.
- The nobles of Ulster came
round Conchobar of the champions;
they held races bright and pure
20] for Achall which confronts Temair.
- The Mound of Erc (it was no narrow work)
on the hill south of Temair;
Erc, it is there his time came,
the comely brother of Achall.
- 25] Brothers were Finn from cold Alend,
and Ailell from stern Cruachan,
of Cairpre Nia from Temair in that country,
whose noble daughter Achall was.
- The Mound of the Druids, south of it
30] lay Temair of the Kings, the royal hold;
eastward of Temair yonder,
it is there Achall died.
- It is there the woman was buried,
the daughter of the high Kings of the Gaels,
35] for her was raised this rath on that spot;
there did Achall meet her death.
- The six women that are the best that were in the world,
after Mary the mother of God;
are Medb, Sadb, Sarait who adorn stanzas,
40] Erc and Emer and Achall.
- A squire of Cairpre Nia Fer,
Eochu the fierce, champion of the Gaels,
attempted to have one of his children
by the maiden, by Achall.
- 45] I give sure testimony thereon
to the daughter of Cairpre ...
that a stolen hour with her was not to be had in that place;
Achall surpasses all damsels in beauty.
- I pray the Son of God who brought decay
50] on Medb Lethderg, on Medb Derg,
on Sadb, on Sarait, on Fand,
on Garb, on Erc, on Achall,
- That there may be a place in high heaven
for Cinaed ua Hartacain:
55] he knows the rule of rhyme for every verse;
it is he that goes to and fro in Achall.
- Never set foot on earth
one that surpassed her in herds nor horses;
never was bred there in Temair
60] a woman that surpassed Achall.
- Boy, take my horse in thy hand;
let none come to trouble me;
the Gael and the Gall are on the foray;
swift are their horses across Achall.
- 65] The place where our horses are,
there was a wood through it on every hand;
the land of the poet Mane the indolent,
it was called from him before it was named Achall.
- The rath of pure Conaire endures,
70] the rath of Cairpri ... endures;
Essa endures not, here or elsewhere,
Erc endures not, nor Achall.
- Fogartach was at Dind Rig;
he was a king of Fodla with doughty deeds;
75] the Gael and the Gall knew
the valour of that single hero at Achall.
- Pleasant the folk, brisk and cheerful,
the clan of Cernach, son of Diarmait;
they have slain hosts till now
80] round the cold flanks of Achall.
- Amlaib of Ath Cliath the hundred-strong,
who gained the kingship in Bend Etair;
I bore off from him as price of my song
a horse of the horses of Achall.
- 85] There came to Temair of the kings
Colum Cille free from sorrow;
by him a church is founded there
on the hill where Achall was buried.