Ua Canannáin

Ua Canannáin in County Donegal


AI = Annals of Inisfallen 438-1450
AT = Annals of Tigernach 488-1178
AU = Annals of Ulster 431-1541
CS = Chronicon Scotorum 353-1150
FM = Annals of the Four Masters 123-1616

CS 943

Cathraoinedh re h. Canannain la Ruaidri for Cinel nEogain co n-Gallaibh lochu Feabail ubi multi ceciderunt um Maelruanaidh mac Flainn righdomna an tuaisgeirt.

A battle-rout was inflicted by Ua Canannáin, by Ruaidrí, on the Cenél nEógain with the foreigners of Loch Febail, in which many fell including Mael Ruanaid son of Flann, heir designated of the North.

AU 945.7

A band of Ua Canannáin's followers were killed by Congalach and Amlaíb Cuaráin in Conaille.

FM 945.8

An army was led by Ruaidhri Ua Canannain to Slaine, where the foreigners and the Irish met him, namely, Conghalach, son of Maelmithigh and Amhlaeibh Cuaran: and the foreigners of Ath-cliath were defeated, and numbers slain and drowned.

AU 947.1

Ruaidríua Canannáin led an army to Sláine, and the foreigners and Irish, i.e. Congalach son of Mael Mithig and Amlaíb Cuaráin, came upon him, and the foreigners of Áth Cliath were defeated, and many of them killed and drowned.

AU 949.2

Ua Canannáin made a foray and plundered Fir Lí and killed Flaithbertach ua Néill.

FM 949.7

Niall Mothlach Ua Canannain was slain by the Cairbri-Mora.

AU 950.5

Ruaidríua Canannáin, i.e. heir designate of Ireland, was killed by the foreigners after he had beleaguered Mide and Brega for six months and had inflicted a slaughter on the foreigners, to the number of two thousand or more. Niall ua Canannáin and a few others were also slain in a counter attack.—The battle of Muine Brócáin.

AI 950.1

Death of Ruaidrí Ua Canannáin, high-king of Cenél Conaill.

AU 951.5

Niall Mothlach was wickedly killed by the Cairpre.

FM 955.6

Mocoluim Ua Canannain, lord of Cinel-Conaill, died.

AU 957.3

Mael Coluim ua Canannáin, king of Cenél Conaill, died.

FM 961.2

Fothadh, mac Brain, scribhnidh & espucc Insi Alban.

Fothadh, son of Bran, scribe and Bishop of Insi-Alban.

FM 961.9

Ua Canannain carried vessels with him on the lakes of Erne, so that the islands thereof were plundered by him.

FM 962.2

Dubscuile, son of Cinaedh, successor of Colum Cille;

FM 962.12

Muircheartach Ua Canannain, lord of Cinel-Conaill, was killed by his own tribe.

AU 964.3

Dub Scúile son of Cinaed, successor of Colum Cille, rested.

Pedigree of Dub Scúile son of Cinaed (d. 921) son of Domnall son of Maél Bresail son of Cumusach son of Ailill son of Conchubar son of Coglu (d. 663) son of Domnall (d. 642) son of Áed (d. 598) son of Ainmire (d. 569) son of Sétna son of Fergus son of Conaill Culban.

FM 964.3

Fínghin, angcoire & epscop Ia, d’écc.

[T] Finghin, anchorite and Bishop of Ia, died.

Note: Anchorite was a person who retired to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion. He had been bishop of Iona (shortened to Ia).

CS 964

Muircertach mac uel h. Canannain rí Cinél Conaill a suis iugulatus.

[T] Muircertach son of Canannán, king of Cenél Conaill, was slain by his own people.

AU 965.2

The Uí Chanannáin inflicted a battle-rout, and Domnall fell therein.

AU 965.4

A battle between the men of Scotland themselves in which many were killed, including Donnchad, i.e. the abbot of Dún Caillen.

FM 965.11

The battle of Formaeil, at Rath-beg, was gained by the Cinel-Eoghain over the Cinel-Conaill, where Maelisa Ua Canannain, lord of Cinel-Conaill, and Muircheartach Ua-Taidhg, royal heir to Connaught, were slain, together with many others.

CS 966

Fingin episcopus muintire Iae quieuit.

Fingin, bishop of the community of Ia, rested.

AU 967.3

The battle of Formaíl was won by the Cenél Eógain over the Cenél Conaill, and Mael Ísu ua Canannáin, king of Cenél Conaill, and Muirchertach grandson of Tadc, heir designate of Connacht, and many others fell there.

FM 974.7

Gilla-Coluim Ua Canannain, lord of Cinel-Conaill, went upon a predatory excursion into Ui-Failghe, where the lord of Cairbre-mor, i.e. Fearghal, son of Fogartach, was lost on the expedition.

CS 976

Scrín of Colum Cille was plundered by the son of Domnall son of Muirchertach.

AT 976.4

Skreen of Columcill was wrecked by Domhnall son of Murchadh.

AT 976.7

Creach la Gilla Colaim h-úa Canandan, ríg Cenéoil Conaill í n-Uib Failghe, cor' fagaib Ferghal mac Foghartaig, ríg Cairpre Moíre. Cellach mac Fíndgaine, Cellach mac Bairedha, Donnchadh mac Morgaínd, tri mormair Alban, andsin.

A raid by Giolla Coluim grandson of Canannán, king of the kindred of Conall, into Offaly, where he left Feargal son of Fógartach, king of the Greater Cairbre. Ceallach son of Fionnguine, Ceallach son of Bairid, and Donnchadh son of Morgand, three high stewards of Scotland, were therein.

Note: In 976, fighting alongside Gille Colum Ua Canannán, king of the Cenél Coniall, were three mormaers of Alba, Ceallach son of Fionnguine, Ceallach son of Bairid, Donnchadh son of Morgand. This mormaer could be an error for Domnall mac Morgain, mormaer of Moray, or very likely a brother of Domnall.

AU 977.3

Gilla Coluim ua Canannáin was killed by Domnall ua Néill.

AT 977.4

Amhlaoibh son of Indulf, king of Scotland, was killed by Cinaeth son of Maelcoluim.

CS 978

Scrín of Adamnán was plundered by Domnall ua Néill.

Note: The Scrín or Skreen of Adamnan is located in the parish of that name in Co. Sligo.

AU 978.4

The Airgialla inflicted a battle-rout on the Cenél Conaill, in which Niall ua Canannáin and many others fell.

CS 988

Scrín of Colum Cille was violated by Mael Sechnaill.

FM 992.8

Domhnall & Flaithbertach, dá mhac Giolla Colaim, mic Canannain, do mharbhadh.

Domhnall and Flaithbheartach, two sons of Gillacoluim, son of Canannan, were slain.

AT 993.3

Da ua Chanandan do marbadh do Mac Gilla Colmóg .i. Domnall & Flaithbertach.

[T] Two grandsons of Canannán, namely Domhnall and Flaithbheartach, were killed by Mac Giolla Colmóig.

CS 997

Ruaidrí mac Nell h. Canannain rí Cineoil Conaill moritur.

[T] Ruaidrí son of Niall ua Canannáin, king of Cenél Conaill, dies.

AT 997.4

Ruaidhrí mac Neill h-úi Chanandaín, rí Ceneóil Conaill, mortuus est.

[T] Ruaidhrí son of Niall Ó Canannáin, king of the kindred of Conall, died.

AU 1000.5

Flaithbertach ua Canannáin, king of Cenél Conaill, was killed by his own people.

AT 1000.3

Flaithbheartach Ó Canannáin, king of Tír Chonaill, was killed.

AI 1003.7

Flaithbertach Ua Canannáin, king of Cenél Eógain and Cenél Conaill, was killed by his own people by treachery.

AU 1004.8

Two of the Uí Chanannáin were killed by Ua Maíl Doraid.

AU 1029.5

Muirchertach ua Maíl Doraid was killed by the Uí Chanannáin.

CS 1029

Muircertach h. Maoildoraidh rí Cineóil Conaill do marbadh do Uib Canannain Catain oc Rait Canannain.

[T] Muirchertach ua Maíldoraidh, king of Cenél Conaill, was killed by the Uí Canannáin at Ráth Canannáin.

AT 1029.3

Muirecheartach Ó Mael Doraidh, ri Cenoil Conaill, o h-úu Canandan occisus est a Croit Canandaín.

[T] Muirecheartach Ó Maoldoraidh, king of Cenél Conaill, was slain by Ó Canannáin at Crot Canannáin.

AU 1030.6

Ruaidrí ua Canannáin was killed by Aed ua Néill.

AU 1031.8

Aed ua Néill made a raid on Tír Conaill in the snow, and killed ua Canannáin, king of Cenél Conaill.

AT 1030.7

Ruaidhrí Ó Canannáin was killed at the Mourne river by Aodh Ó Néill.

AT 1037.6

Three of the UíMaoldoraidh were killed by Ó Canannáin.

AU 1045.2

Flaithbertach ua Canannáin, king of Cenél Conaill, died.

AT 1045.4

Flaithbheartach Ó Canannáin, king of Tyrconnell, died.

AI 1045.6

Flaithbertach Ua Canannáin, king of Cenél Conaill. dies.

AI 1071.8

{Ruaidrí Ua Canannáin, king of Cenél Conaill, was slain this year}.

AU 1061.2

Domnall ua Maíl Doraid was killed in battle by Ruaidríua Canannáin.

AU 1070.11

Termonn Da-Beóc was plundered by Ruaidríua Canannán, and God and Da-Beóc took vengeance before a year was out.

AU 1072.7

RuaidríuaCanannán, king of Cenél Conaill, was killed by ua Maeldoraid, i.e. Aenghus.

AU 1075.3

Donnchad ua Canannán, king of Cenél Conaill, was killed.

AU 1083.1

Domnall ua Canannáin, king of Cenél Conaill, was killed by his own people.

AU 1093.4

Aed ua Canannán, king of Cenél Conaill, was blinded by Domnall ua Lochlainn, king of Ailech.

AU 1103.2

Ua Canannán was expelled from the kingship of Tír Conaill by Domnall ua Lochlainn.

AU 1114.4

A Ua Canannán, i.e. Ruaidrí, heir designate of Cenél Conaill, and Muirchertach ua Lochlainn, heir designate of Ailech, were unjustly killed.

AT 1114.8

Muircheartach son of Mac Lochlainn, crown prince of Ailech, and Ruaidhrí Ó Canannáin, king of the kindred of Conall, were slain.

AT 1135.8

Ruaidhrí Ó Canannán, king of Cenél Conaill, was killed by the Kindred of Eoghan.

AT 1153.3

Flaithbheartach Ó Canannáin, king of Cenél Conaill, and his wife Dubh chobhlaig, daughter of Toirdhealbhach Ó Conchobhair, were drowned in the sea with a ship's crew.

AU 1156.3

Aedh Ua Canannain, king of Cenel-Conaill, was killed by Ua Cathain and by the Men of the Craibh.

AU 1159.7

Three Ui-Maeldoraidh were killed by Ua Canannain in treachery.

FM 1159.8

Ua Maeldoraidh and his two brothers were treacherously slain by O'Canannain.

AU 1160.2

Ua Canannain, king of Cenel-Conaill, was killed by the Cenel-Conaill themselves,—namely, a house was burned by Ua Baighill upon him.

FM 1160.8

Two of the Ui-Maeldoraidh were killed by the Aithchleireach Ua Canannain, lord of Cinel-Conaill, while under the protection of the laity and clergy of the Cinel-Conaill themselves. The Aithchleireach himself and two others of the Ui-Canannain were killed by the Cinel-Conaill, in revenge of their guarantee.

AU 1165.11

Maghnus Ua Canannain, king of Cenel-Conaill, died.

AU 1188.1

Ruaidhri Ua Cananna[i]n, king of Cenel-Conaill for a time and royal heir of Ireland, was killed by Flaithbertach Ua Maeldoraidh through treachery, at the Bridge of Slicech, after decoying him out from the centre of Druim-cliabh. And a brother of his was killed along with him and a party of his people. Ua Gairb (namely, Maghnus), chief of Fir-Droma, who laid [violent] hands on UaCananna[i]n, was killed by the people of Echmarcach Ua Dochartaigh in revenge of Ua Cananna[i]n.

AU 1188.2

Domnall Ua Cananna[i]n laid open his foot with his own axe, whilst cutting a faggot of firewood in Daire and he died thereof, by miracle of Coluim-cille.

AU 1247.5

Ruaighri Ua Canannain took the kingship of Tir-Conaill.

FM 1247.3

Melaghlin O'Donnell, Lord of Tirconnell, Kinel-Moen, Inishowen, and Fermanagh, was slain by Maurice Fitzgerald. He was enabled to accomplish this in the following manner: A great army was led by Maurice Fitzgerald, and the other English chiefs, first to Sligo, and thence to the Cataract of Aedh Roe, the son of Badharn. Cormac, the son of Dermot, who was son of Roderic O’Conor, joined his muster. This was on the Wednesday after the festival of SS. Peter and Paul. O’Donnell assembled the Kinel-Connell and Kinel-Owen against them, so that they did not allow a single man, either English or Irish, to cross the ford of Ath-Seanaigh for a whole week. The English then be thought them of sending Cormac O’Conor with a large body of cavalry westwards along the plain, who was to turn southwards through the plain, and then eastwards along the borders of the bog, unperceived by any one, until he should arrive at Bel-atha-Culuain a ford on the Erne. This was accordingly done, and the Kinel-Connell knew nothing of the movement until they saw the body of cavalry advancing on their rear, on their side of the river; they then turned round to them. When the English saw that the attention of the Kinel-Connell was directed towards the cavalry who had advanced on their rear, they rushed across the ford against them, being confident that they the Kinel-Connell would not be able to attend to the attacks of both. The Kinel-Connell were now in the vey centre of their enemies, who had surrounded them on every side. O’Donnell was slain on the spot, as well as the Cammhuinealach Wry-necked O’Doyle, the head Chieftain of the Three Tuaths, Mac Sorley, Lord of Argyle, and other chiefs of the Kinel-Connell. A great number of Fitzgerald’s forces were slain and drowned here; others of them were drowned northwards in the River Finn, and many others at Termon Daveog, in pursuit of preys that fled before them; and among the rest William Britt, sheriff of Connaught, and his brother, a young knight. The country was then plundered and desolated by them the English, and they left the chieftainship of the Kinel-Connell to Rory O’Canannan on this occasion.

AU 1248.1

Ruaidhri Ua Canannain was killed by Geoffrey, son of Domnall Mor Ua Domnaill and many other persons were killed along with him and Geoffrey took the kingship of Tir-Conaill after him.

LC 1248

A hosting by Maurice Fitz-Gerald into Tir-Conaill. Great depredations and plunders were committed by him therein; and O'Canannan was expelled from the country to O'Neill and the Cenel-Eoghain, and the sovereignty of Cenel-Conaill was left to Goffraigh, son of Domhnall Mór O'Domhnaill.

A hosting by the Cenel-Eoghain, and by O'Canannain, again into Tir-Conaill, when they gave battle to each other, and O'Canannain, and a great many nobles along with him, were slain by the Cenel Conaill, and by Goffraigh, son of Domhnall O'Domhnaill, who afterwards assumed the sovereignty of Tir-Conaill.

FM 1248

An army was led by Maurice Fitzgerald into Tirconnell, where he engaged in conflicts and committed great depredations and plunders. He banished Rory O'Canannan into Tyrone, and left the lordship of Kinel-Connell to Godfrey, the son of Donnell O'Donnell. The Kinel-Owen and O'Canannan mustered a body of forces and marched into Tirconnell, and gave battle to Godfrey and the Kinel-Connell, on which expedition Rory O'Canannan and many others were slain.

AU 1248.4

Craft were carried by Brian Ua Neill, namely by the arch-king of the North of Ireland, from Loch-Feabhaill (Lough Foyle) into Magh-Itha, past the Termon of St. Dabeoc, into Lorc, until he reached Loch-Eirne, so that he took away countless spoil and broke down a castle there.

Note: (1) Craft. These were cots small open canoe-like boats, which were carried by land on the shoulders of men, to be launched on lakes for plundering islands. It is derived from the Irish coite, meaning a log boat. (2) Lorc is Lurg in Co. Fermanagh.

AU 1249.4

Niall UaCanannain took the kingship of Tir-Conaill this year.

AU 1250.6

(Maurice Fitz Gerald and Cathal Ua Raighillaigh and Eachaidh Mag Mathghamna went with a host into Tir Conaill and Niall Ua Canannan, namely, king of Tir Conaill, was killed by them.)

FM 1250.10

A great army was led by Maurice Fitzgerald, Cathal O'Reilly, Cuconnaught O'Reilly, and all the other chiefs of Hy-Briuin, into Tyrone, and remained three nights at Tullaghoge, where they sustained much injury and hardship, but obtained no pledges or hostages from the O'Neills on this expedition. On their return into Tirconnell Maurice Fitzgerald took O'Canannan, Lord of the Kinel-Connell, prisoner, under protection of Bishop O'Carolan. He was afterwards killed as he was trying to make his escape from them.

LC 1250.7

A great hosting by Maurice Fitz-Gerald, and by Cathal O'Raighilligh, and by Cuconnacht O'Raighilligh, accompained by all the chieftains of Uí-Briuin, into Cenel-Eoghain, when they were three nights at Tulach-óg; and they received many injuries, but obtained no hostages or pledges from O'Neill, on this occasion.

LC 1250.8

After turning back into Cenel-Conaill, O'Canannain, king of Cenel-Conaill, was taken prisoner by Maurice Fitz-Gerald, whilst under the protection of the Bishop O'Cerbhallain; and he was subsequently killed by them whilst endeavouring to escape forcibly from them.

AU 1258.1

Geoffrey Ua Domnaill, king of Tir Conaill, rested in Christ.

AU 1258.3

A great host was led by Aedh, son of Feidhimidh Ua Conchobhair and by Tadhg Ua Briain, to meet Brian Ua Neill, to Narrow Water (namely, at the Flagstone of Ua Maeldoraigh). And all those nobles gave the arch-headship to Brian Ua Neill: that is, the hostages of the son of Feidhlimidh were given to him Brian and the hostages of Muinnter Raighillaigh were given to Aedh Ua Conchobuir and the hostages of all Ui-Briuin from Cenannus to Druim-cliabh.

Note: the flagstone of Ua Maeldoraigh is at Caol Uisce by Lough Erne.

AU 1258.4

Domnall Ua Domnaill (younger brother of Geoffrey) was made king that time and all Cenel Conaill gave pledges and lordship to him.