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Annals of the Four Masters
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[A.D. 1172 to A.D. 1370]
Tiernan O'Rourke, Lord of Breifny and Conmaicne, a man of great power for
a long time, was treacherously slain at Tlachtgha by Hugo de Lacy and
Donnell, the son of Annadh O'Rourke, one of his own tribe, who was along
with them. He was beheaded by them, and they conveyed his head and body
ignominiously to Dublin. The head was placed over the gate of the fortress,
as a spectacle of intense pity to the Irish, and the body was gibbeted,
with the feet upwards, at the northern side of Dublin.
The son of Annadh O'Rourke and the English treacherously plundered the
inhabitants of Annaly and Muintir Magilligan, carrying off many cows and
prisoners. They afterwards made another incursion into Ardagh of Bishop
Mel, and ravaged the country generally, and slew Donnell O'Farrell, chief
of Annaly, on that occasion.
Teige, the son of Farrell O'Rourke, was killed.
Hugh, the son of Gilla-Broidi O'Rourke, died.
Farrell, son of Auliffe O'Rourke, was slain by Loughlin, son of Donnell
Auliffe, the son of Farrell O'Rourke, Lord of Breifny, was treacherously
slain by Mac Rannall.
Farrell O'Reilly was treacherously slain by Melaghlin O'Rourke.
Hugo de Lacy, the profaner and destroyer of many churches; Lord of the
English of Meath, Breifny, and Oriel; he to whom the tribute of Connaught
was paid; he who had conquered the greater part of Ireland for the English,
and of whose English castles all Meath, from the Shannon to the sea, was
full; after having finished the castle of Durrow, set out, accompanied by
three Englishmen, to view it. One of the men of Teffia, a youth named
Gilla-gan-inathar O'Meyey, approached him, and drawing out an axe, which
he had kept concealed, he, with one blow of it, severed his head from his
body; and both head and trunk fell into the ditch of the castle. This was
in revenge of Columbkille. Gilla-gan-inathar fled, and, by his fleetness
of foot, made his escape from the English and Irish to the wood of
Kilclare. He afterwards went to the Sinnagh (the Fox) and O'Breen, at
whose instigation he had killed the Earl.
Donough O'Rourke was treacherously slain by the Muintir-Eolais.
Drumcliff was plundered by the son of Melaghlin O'Rourke, Lord of
Hy-Briuin and Conmaicne, and by the son of Cathal O'Rourke, accompanied by
the English of Meath. But God and St. Columbkille wrought a remarkable
miracle in this instance; for the son of Melaghlin O'Rourke was killed in
Conmaicne a fortnight afterwards, and the eyes of the son of Cathal
O'Rourke were put out by O'Muldory (Flaherty) in revenge of Columbkille.
One hundred and twenty of the son of Melaghlin's retainers were also
killed throughout Conmaicne and Carbury of Drumcliff, through the
miracles of God and St. Columbkille.
Hugh, the son of Melaghlin O'Rourke, Lord of Breifny, was slain by the
sons of Con Mag Rannal.
Alas for the party who plotted this conspiracy against the life of the
heir presumptive to the throne of Ireland! To him the greater part of
Leth-Mhogha had submitted as king. Donnell O'Brien had gone to his house
at Dunlo, where he was entertained for a week; and O'Conor gave him
sixty cows out of every cantred in Connaught, and ten articles ornamented
with gold; but O'Brien did not accept of any of these, save one goblet,
which had once been the property of Dermot O'Brien, his own grandfather.
Rory Mac Donslevy, King of Ulidia, had gone to his house. Mac Carthy,
King of Desmond, was in his house, and O'Conor gave him a great stipend,
namely, five horses out of every cantred in Connaught. Melaghlin Beg,
king of Tara, was in his house and took away a large stipend; and
O'Rourke had gone to his house, and also carried with him a great stipend.
Dervorgilla (i.e. the wife of Tiernan O'Rourke), daughter of Murrough
O'Melaghlin, died in the monastery of Drogheda Mellifont, in the
eighty-fifth year of her age.
The chiefs of Muintir-Eolais were treacherously slain by the son of
Murray Mac Rannall, surnamed the Gillaroe, Chief of Muintir-Eolais, was
slain by the son of Manus O'Conor, at the instigation of the son of Cathal
O'Rourke, who had procured the deaths of the above-mentioned chiefs.
Congalach, the son of Farrell O'Rourke, was slain by the men of
Leyny, on Slieve-da-én
A battle was fought between O'Donnell on the one side, and O'Rourke
(Ualgarg) and Conor na-Glaisfene O'Rourke on the other. The Hy-Briuin
(O'Rourkes) were defeated, and their men dreadfully cut off, both by
drowning and killing. Conor himself was drowned on this occasion. This
battle was fought at Leckymuldory.
Ualgarg O'Rourke mustered an army, and marched into Tirconnell. On their
arrival in the country, they seized upon a number of cows and other
property. O'Donnell (Egneghan) overtook them at Leck-I-Muldory, where a
battle was fought between them, in which the Hy-Briuin (O'Rourkes) and
their army were defeated and cut off with terrible havoc, both by
killing and drowning. It was on this occasion that Conor na-Glais-fene
(O'Rourke) was drowned.
Tiernan, the son of Donnell, who was the son of Cathal O'Rourke, was slain
by Mag-Fiachrach and the Clann-Cahill; but Mag-Fiachrach, surnamed
Eoganach i.e. the Tyronian was killed on the same spot.
Donnell, the son of Farrell O'Rourke, Lord of the greater part of Breifny,
Ualgarg O'Rourke was deprived of the lordship of Breifny; and Art, son of
Donnell, who was son of Farrell, assumed his place through the influence
of the English.
Art, son of Donnell, who was son of Farrell O'Rourke, Lord of Breifny, was
slain by Cormac, the son of Art O'Melaghlin, and Cormac, the son of
Art O'Rourke; and Ualgarg O'Rourke assumed the lordship as his successor.
The territory of Carbury Co. Sligo, the possession of Philip Mac Costello,
was preyed by Ualgarg O'Rourke, who carried off a number of cows.
An army was led by O'Donnell (Donnell More) into the Rough Third of
Connaught, and obtained hostages and submission from O'Rourke and O'Reilly,
and from all the race of Aedh Finn. He afterwards passed through
Fermanagh, and destroyed every place through which he passed, both lay and
ecclesiastical property, wherein there was any opposition to him.
The Cairneach Riabhach Mac Clancy, and Farrell Magauran, were killed by
Hugh, the son of Donnell, who was son of Farrell O'Rourke, and by the
The son of Manus then parted from the sons of Roderic, and set out for
Tirawley, in quest of his cows and people, and fortunately found them
there, without having been plundered or molested. He then took them with
him, under the protection of O'Rourke, after having first plundered
Philip Mac Costello.
Hugh, the son of Donnell O'Rourke, was slain on Lough Allen by Cathal
O'Reilly and Conor, the son of Cormac O'Mulrony.
Niall, the son of Congalagh O'Rourke, Lord of Dartry and Clann Fearmaighe,
was slain by the two sons of Art, the son of Donnell O'Rourke, namely, Art
and Auliffe; and Auliffe Gearr, the son of Niall, who was son of
Congalagh, was slain, while bathing, by Auliffe, the son of the same Art.
Farrell, the son of Sitric O'Rourke, was slain by the sons of Niall,
the son of Congalagh O'Rourke.
Art, the son of Art O'Rourke, was treacherously slain by Randal O'Finn.
M1231.2 - Flann O'Connaghty, Bishop of Hy-Briuin Breifney Kilmore, died.
Ualgarg O'Rourke, Lord of Breifney, died on his way to the River Jordan.
Dermot, the Son of Niall O'Rourke, was deprived of sight by Cuconnaught
Cathal Reagh, son of Gilla-Brude O'Rourke, Lord of Hy-Briuin, died.
Farrell, the son of Cuconnaught O'Reilly, Lord of Dartry and
Clann-Fermaighe, and, according to another book, Lord of Breifny, from the
mountain eastwards, was slain by Mulrony, son of Farrell, and Conor, son of
Cormac Mac Dermot, after he had gone on a predatory excursion to the son of
Niall, the son of Congallagh O'Rourke, on which occasion he plundered them
and took their house. Murtough, son of Niall, came out on parole, but was
seized and killed, immediately after the son of O'Reilly had been slain.
Auliffe, son of Cathal Reagh O'Rourke, was treacherously slain by Cathal
Carrach Mac Donough.
Flaherty O'Carroll, Chief of Calry, was slain by Art, son of Art O'Rourke.
A great war broke out between Hugh O'Conor and Con O'Rourke i.e. the son
of Tiernan, though they had been till then upon amicable terms with each
other. O'Rourke afterwards went to the English, and formed a league of
peace with them for himself and his people, without the permission so to
do by Felim or his son. Hugh O'Conor the son of Felim afterwards, to wit,
on the Wednesday before Christmas Day, plundered O'Rourke. They afterwards
made peace with each other.
O'Donnell, i.e. Godfrey, marched with an army into Fermanagh, by which he
obtained property and hostages. From thence he proceeded to
Breifny-O'Rourke, where they gave him his own demand.
Con, son of Tiernan O'Rourke, went into the house of O'Conor and his son,
and ratified a treaty of peace with them, and gave them as much of the
land of Breifny as they desired to have, together with the fortress of
Cloch-inse-na-dtorc, in Lough Finvoy, in which Hugh, son of Felim, placed
Cloch-inse-na-dtorc, in Lough Finvoy, was burned by O'Rourke, those who
guarded it being first permitted to come out of it.
Sitric, son of Ualgarg O'Rourke, was elected chief of his tribe, by Hugh
O'Conor, in preference to Conor, son of Tiernan O'Rourke, in consequence
of which Donnell, son of Conor, killed Sitric.
A great depredation was committed by Hugh O'Conor on O'Rourke about Easter.
Conor, son of Tiernan O'Rourke, was treacherously slain at Ath-na-failme by Gillabarry
O'Lamhduibh, one of his own people, and by the people of Matthew O'Reilly.
Donnell, son of Conor, the son of Tiernan O'Rourke, who was until now
detained in prison for his father, by Felim O'Conor and his son Hugh, was
set at liberty by them; and the lordship of Breifny was given to him, in
the place of his father.
Magrath Mac Tiernan, Chief of Teallach-Dunchadha, was slain by Donnell,
son of Conor O'Rourke. The Connacians, and the men of Breifny in
general, upon this took the lordship from Donnell, and the inhabitants of
Tealach-Dunchadha slew his brother, Cathal, son of Conor. After this the
lordship of Hy-Briuin, from the mountain eastwards, was conferred upon
Art, son of Cathal Reagh O'Rourke.
Auliffe, son of Art O'Rourke, Lord of Breifny, from the mountain
Hugh O'Conor gave the place seat of Auliffe, son of Art, to Art Beg, son
of Art O'Rourke, and made a prisoner of Art, son of Cathal Reagh, after he
had removed Auliffe from his residence.
Cathal Mac Consnamha, Chief of Muintir-Kenny in the county of Leitrim,
was blinded by Hugh O'Conor; the hostages of Donnell O'Rourke, namely,
Niall, son of Donough, and Brian, son of Niall O'Rourke, and all the
other hostages of the Hy-Briuin, were also blinded by him.
Hugh O'Conor made peace with Donnell O'Rourke, and afterwards gave him the
lordship of Breifny.
Loughlin, son of Auliffe, the son of Art O'Rourke, and Tiernan his brother,
were slain by Hugh O'Conor, after they had been delivered up to him by
Donnell, son of Niall, the son of Congalagh O'Rourke.
Donnell, son of Conor, son of Tiernan O'Rourke, was treacherously slain by
the inhabitants of Tealach-Dunchadha Tullyhunco; and Murtough, his brother,
was afterwards slain by Hugh O'Conor. Art Beg, son of Art O'Rourke, was
also slain by Hugh O'Conor.
Teige Duff, son of Niall, the son of Congalagh, was slain by Melaghlin,
son of Auliffe, who was son of Art O'Rourke.
Art, son of Cathal Reagh O'Rourke, made his escape from the custody of
Hugh O'Conor; and the nobles of Breifny and Conmaicne gave him the
lord-ship of Breifny.
Turlough Oge, son of Hugh O'Conor, was given in fosterage to Art O'Rourke.
A great depredation was committed by Hugh O'Conor in Breifny; and he
advanced to Drumlahan, where a part of his army was defeated, and many
of the less distinguished of them were slain.
Hugh O'Conor, King of Connaught, went into Breifny to depose Art, son of
Cathal Reagh; and he gave the lordship of Breifny to Conor Boy, son of
Auliffe, the son of Art O'Rourke, and took hostages from all the chiefs of
Conor, son of Tiernan O'Conor, was slain by Melaghlin, son of Art
O'Rourke, and by the Clann-Fearmaighe in the County Leitrim.
Conor Boy, son of Auliffe, son of Art O'Rourke, Lord of Breifny, was slain
by the sons of Conor, son of Tiernan O'Conor; and he killed the best of
them, namely, Tiernan.
Tiernan, son of Hugh O'Rourke, Lord of Breifny, and Donnell, son of Manus,
who was son of Murtough Muimhneach, most illustrious throughout all
Ireland for hospitality and prowess, died.
Melaghlin, son of Auliffe, the son of Art O'Rourke, Lord of Dartry and
Clann-Fearmaighe, was slain by Conor, son of Donnell, the son of Niall
Donnell Oge, son of Donnell, son of Art O'Rourke, and Cathal Mac Clancy,
Chief of Dartry, died.
Art, son of Cathal Reagh O'Rourke, Lord of Breifny, was slain by Mac
Finnvar and the English at Granard, and his people were slaughtered.
A depredation was committed by Rory, son of Turlough, on the O'Naghtans,
but they defeated him, and deprived him of the booty. Donnell, son of
Niall, son of Congalagh O'Rourke (i.e. Gilla-an-ime), and many others of
the O'Rourkes, were slain by them. Gilchreest O'Naghtan and William
O'Naghtan were afterwards slain by Rory, son of Turlough.
Simon O'Rourke, Bishop of Breifny, died.
William Mac Clancy, Chief of Dartry, was slain by Ualgarg the son of Donnell,
son of Art O'Rourke.
Donnell O'Rourke, Lord of Breifny, died.
Matthew Mac Tiernan was slain by Cathal O'Rourke.
A very great army was mustered by Felim O'Conor and the chiefs of the
province of Connaught. Among these chiefs was Malgary O'Rourke, Lord
of Breifny. They all marched to Athenry. The English of West Connaught
mustered their forces, to oppose them, namely, William Burke; the Baron
Mac Feorais Bermingham, Lord of Athenry; and the greater part of the
English of Leath Chuinn. A fierce and spirited engagement took place
between them, in which the Irish were at last defeated. Felim O'Conor,
from whom the Irish had expected more than from any other Gael then
living, was slain. There were also many other chieftains slain. It is
impossible to enumerate or tell all the chiefs of Connaught, Munster,
and Meath, who fell in this battle. This terrible battle was fought on
the festival day of St. Lawrence lOth of August. Felim O'Conor was
twenty-three years of age at the time. Rory na-bhFeadh, the son of Donough,
son of Owen, son of Rory O'Conor was then inaugurated king of Connaught.
The son of Rory and the men of Breifny were defeated at Kilmore, where the
son of Hugh Breifneach O'Conor was taken prisoner, and the two sons of
Niall O'Rourke, Conor Boy Mac Tiernan, Chief of Teallach Dunchadha,
Mahon Mac Tiernan, Gillaroe, son of the Erenagh Mac Tiernan, Nicholas
Mac-an-Master, one hundred and forty of the gallowglasses of the people of
the son of Rory, and others not enumerated, were slain.
A great host was mustered by Mulrony Mac Dermot, Lord of Moylurg, with
which he marched to Fassa-Coille, to attack Cathal, son of Donnell O'Conor.
In this army came Turlough, son of Hugh, son of Owen O'Conor; Ualgarg
O'Rourke, Lord of Breifny; Conor O'Kelly, Lord of Hy-Many; and Tomaltagh
Mac Donough, Lord of Tirerrill. On the arrival of these chieftains at
Fassa-Coille, Cathal offered them great presents; but these were not
accepted from him, and they charged him in the very middle of his
fortified camp. Cathal, however, was in nowise daunted or disheartened
at this, but resisted them with fierceness and bravery; and a furious and
desperate battle was fought between them, in which Brian, the son of
Turlough O'Conor, heir presumptive to the government of Connaught, Conor
O'Kelly, Brian Mac Manus, Cathal, son of Gilchreest Mac Dermot, and many
others of the nobles and plebeians of the army, were slain by Cathal and
Osgar, the son of Loughlin Maguire, was slain by Cathal O'Rourke.
Rory Mac Mahon, son of the Lord of Oriel, Melaghlin O'Seagannain, and
Mac Muldoon, were slain by Cathal O'Rourke at Bel-atha-Chonaill.
Teige O'Rourke and Tiernan Mac Rourke were made prisoners by the sons of
Matthew O'Reilly, and delivered by them into the hands of Mac Mahon, by
whom they were put to death in revenge of his son Rory, whom they had
slain some time before.
Brian O'Reilly and Gilchreest O'Reilly were slain by the O'Rourkes.
O'Rourke, Ualgarg, plundered Magh-hionais, where Godfrey Mac Caffrey was
slain by Cathal O'Rourke.
Farrell, son of Ualgarg O'Rourke, Cuilen O'Dempsey, and Sabia, daughter of
Mac Egan, died.
A war broke out between the O'Rourkes and O'Reillys; and the castle of
Lough Oughter was taken by Cathal O'Rourke.
The castle of Lough Oughter was taken by O'Rourke by cunning, for
Auliffe Mac Finnvar was slain by Cathal O'Rourke.
Cathal, the son of Donnell O'Rourke, a good materies of an Earl of
Breifny, and others, were treacherously slain by the sons of John
O'Farrell, and the English of Meath, in the house of Richard Tuite, at
the monastery of Fore.
An army was led by Ualgarg O'Rourke to Fiodh-an-atha, whereupon the
English of that town rose up against him. O'Rourke's people were defeated;
and Art O'Rourke, a materies of a chief lord of Breifny, Rory Magauran,
and many others, were slain by the English.
The sons of Ualgarg O'Rourke, Donnell, Hugh, Gilchreest, and Rory, went
upon a predatory excursion against Cathal, the son of Hugh Breifneach, and
took a prey from him. Conor, the son of Donough Reagh, son of Manus, son
of Murtough Muimhneach, and many others, were slain by them on the same
day. This was the first rupture between the O'Rourkes and the race of
Murtough Muimhneach. Cathal, son of Hugh Breifneach, afterwards went in
pursuit of the prey, and overtook the sons of Ualgarg O'Rourke. A fierce
battle was fought between them, in which Donnell O'Rourke (only choice of
Breifny for a materies of a lord), and many others with him, were slain.
Gilchreest O'Rourke and Mac Consnava were taken prisoners, after the
defeat of their people. Teige, the son of Rory, son of Cathal O'Conor, who
had been imprisoned by O'Rourke, was liberated as the condition of the
ransom of Gilchreest O'Rourke.
All the Sil-Murray turned against Turlough, the son of Hugh, son of Owen O'Conor, and joined the
other chieftains who were for deposing him. Of those who rose up against him at that time, the
following were the most distinguished, namely, Edmond Mac William Burke; Conor Mac Dermot,
Lord of Moylurg, with his brothers, and all their adherents; Hugh, son of Hugh Breifneach, Son of
Cathal Roe O'Conor; Teige, the son of Rory O'Conor; Cathal, son of Hugh Breifneach, son of
Cathal Roe, with all the forces of Breifny, and Conmaicne; and Hugh, son of Felim, who was son of
Hugh, son of Owen O'Conor. All these assembled against O'Conor, and banished him by force
from his country and lands; whereupon his friends advised him to go secretly, and without
acquainting any with his intention, to Mac Dermot, to ascertain if he would make peace with him.
But the Clann-Murtough had intelligence of this intention, and of the particular night on which O'Conor would come to Mac
Dermot ; and they posted themselves at the several dangerous passes of the road by which he was
to pass to Mac Dermot's fortress. ...
M1343.9 - Thomas Magauran, chief of Teallach Eachdhach Tullyhaw, died.
The Clann-Murtough O'Conor, were driven out of Breify by Ualgarg O'Rourke, Turlough O'Conor,
and Teige Mac Rannall. They passed into Tirhugh to O'Donnell; and Aengus (i.e. the O'Donnell),
made them a grant of the territory of Tirhugh. Some time afterwards a battle was fought at
Achadhmona between Aengus and Niall; and the Clann-Murtough rose up with Aengus against
Niall, and they defeated Niall and his people. In this battle Aindiles O'Boyle, chief of Tir-Ainmirech,
with his son, Owen, son of Art O'Donnell, and many others, were slain, and Aengus gained the
Turlough, the son of Hugh, son of Owen O'Conor, King of Connaught, was
killed in Autumn by one shot of an arrow, at Fidh doradha, in the territory
of Muintir-Eolais, after he had gone to Loch-Airinn to aid Teige Mac
Rannall against the descendants of Murtough Muimhneach O'Conor. The
Clann-Murtough and the rest of the Muinter-Eolais pursued him as far as
Fidh Doradha, and killed him at Gurtin-na-spideoige. For a long time
before there had not fallen of the Gaels, any one more to be lamented
than he. Hugh, son of Turlough, was inaugurated in his place.
Cormac, son of Murtough Mac Loughlin, was slain by the sons of Ualgarg,
son of Farrell O'Rourke.
A war broke out between O'Rourke, i.e. Ualgarg, and Rory, the son of Cathal
O'Conor; and an engagement took place between them in Calry-Lough-Gill,
in which O'Rourke was routed, and all his gallowglasses slain, i.e. Mac
Buirrce, and Mac Neill Cam with their people. O'Rourke was afterwards
pursued by Rory O'Conor and the Clann-Donough, and was killed by Mulrony
Mac Donough. This was a lamentable deed.
Ivor, the son of Murrough O'Farrell, was slain by Brian Mac Tiernan and the
M1346.8 - Art, son of Thomas O'Rourke, was slain by Donell Mac Tiernan.
Teige Mac Rannall, Chief of Muintir-Eolais, was taken prisoner by the
Siry O'Curnin, a learned poet and Ollav of Breifny, died.
Dermot afterwards assembled his friends, and they pursued Rory to his
fortress at Ballymote, and burned the town, both stone and wooden edifices,
and they did not meet any opposition until they reached home. They took
away the son of O'Rourke, that was in captivity in the town, together with
every other captive they found there.
Hugh O'Rourke defeated Flaherty O'Rourke, Donough O'Donnell, and the
people of Dartry; and Hugh Mac Clancy, Chief of Dartry, Gilchreest Mac
Clancy, Loughlin, son of Aindiles O'Boyle, and many others, were slain
in the engagement.
A great plague raged in Ireland, and more especially in Moylurg, by which
great numbers were carried off. Matthew, the son of Cathal O'Rourke, died
of this plague.
Richard O'Reilly, Lord of East Breifny, and the son of the Earl, died.
Hugh (i.e. the King of Connaught), the son of Hugh Breifneach O'Conor, and
who was called the O'Conor, was slain in Magh-Angaidhe by Hugh O'Rourke.
Farrell O'Rourke, the son of Ualgarg, was slain by the son of Cathal
Cleirach Mac Donough.
Hugh O'Rourke, on his return from Croagh-Patrick, was taken prisoner by
Mac Philbin Mac William Burke; in consequence of which act Mac Dermot rose
up against the Clann-Philbin. Great ravages and depredations were mutually
committed by them on account of it.
Hugh O'Rourke, Lord of Breifny, was slain by Cathal, the son of Hugh the
Breifneach O'Conor and the Clann-Murtough, and a great slaughter was made
of the gallowglasses of the Mac Sweenys on the occasion.
Teige Mac Rannall, Chief of Muintir-Eolais, was slain by the sons of
Geoffrey Mac Rannall.
Brian, the son of Hugh More O'Neill; Cathal, the son of Niall O'Rourke;
Geoffrey Mac Rannall; Geoffrey O'Reilly; Sitric Magauran; and Farrell
Mageoghegan, Chief of Kinel-Fiachach, died.
Conor Mac Consnava, Bishop of Breifny Kilmore, from Drumcliff to Kells,
Dermot O'Mulvey, Chief of Muintir-Carolan, and many of the Muintir-Eolais,
were slain by the Muintir-Birn.
Cormac Rannall, Chief of Muintir-Eolais, was slain by the sons of Ivor Mac
Brian, son of Gilchreest O'Rourke, and Manus Boy Magauran, were slain in
the Route, Mac Quillin's territory, by Hugh O'Neill.
A great victory was gained at Ballyshannon by Cathal Oge, the son of
Cathal O'Conor, over John, the son of Conor O'Donnell, and the
Kinel-Connell. John O'Doherty, Chief of Ardmire, Owen Connaghtagh, and
Turlough Mac Sweeny, were taken prisoners on this occasion by the son of
O'Conor, and many persons were slain by him. Matthew Magauran, materies of
a lord of Teallach Eachdhach was wounded on that day, and died of his
wounds after his return to his own house. During the same war Cathal
Bodhar, the son of Cathal O'Rourke, and Melaghlin O'Gormly, fell by each
other's hand in the same war. This occurred when Cathal O'Conor marched
with a second army into Tirconnell, and a party of his people arrived in
O'Gormly's territory under the command of Cathal Bodhar O'Rourke.
M1359.9 - Art, the son of Auliffe O'Rourke, was slain by Magennis.
M1360.5 - John, son of Gilchreest O'Rourke, was slain by Hugh Mac Dorcy.
Murtough the son of Thomas, son of Cathal Reagh O'Rourke, died.
Brian, the son of Matthew Mac Tiernarn, Chief of Teallach Dunchadha
Tullyhunco, the most distinguished for valour, renown, fame, and power,
of the sub-chieftains of Breifny, died. Of him was said:
Brian Mac Tiernan of the battles,
Whose hospitality was incomparable;
He followed generosity without hatred,
And heaven was the goal of his career.
Cuconnaught O'Reilly, Lord of Breifny, retired among the friars, and
resigned his lordship to his brother Philip.
Cathal, the son of Hugh Breifneach, son of Cathal Roe, and Manus, his son,
and also Murtough Mac Dail-re-docair, Maurice O'Maeltuile, Dermot Mac
Simon, and Dermot Mac Gilla-Bearaigh, were treacherously slain at
Srath-Fear-Luirg by the people of Fermanagh, who, to annoy the
Clann-Murtough, made peace with the O'Rourkes, and forgave them all their
past hostilities; and the O'Rourkes agreed to their proposals. The son of
Rory O'Conor after this assumed the place of Cathal. The O'Rourkes went on
a migratory excursion, accompanied by the people of Fermanagh; but the
youths of the Clann-Murtough attacked and surrounded them, and killed Cathal
Mac Clancy, Chief of Dartry.
Cuconnaught O'Reilly, Lord of Breifny until he resigned the lordship for
the sake of God, took holy orders; and Philip assumed his place.
A victory was gained by Donnell, the son of Murtough O'Conor, the
O'Rourkes, and the Clann-Donough, with their retained kerns, over Teige,
the son of Manus, on Traigh Eothuile an t-Saoir. The gallowglasses of the
son of Manus, one hundred and fifty in number, were slain; as were also
Donnell son of Sorley, Donnell Oge, his son, the two Mac Sweenys, the son
of the Bishop O'Dowda, and William Mac Sheehy.
M1367.5 - Derbhail, daughter of Mulrony More Mac Dermot, and wife of
Ualgarg O'Rourke, was killed by the Clann-Murtough.
Mac Maurice na-m-Brigh; Owen, son of Rory O'Kelly; Murtough, son of Murtough
O'Conor; and Bebinn, daughter of Ualgarg O'Rourke and wife of Tomaltagh
Mac Donough, died.
M1368.1 - The Coarb of St. Maidoc and Archdeacon of Breifny, a man filled
with the grace of the Holy Ghost, died, after overcoming the world and the
M1368.7 - Tiernan, the son of Cathal O'Rourke, died.
M1368.19 - Murray O'Farrelly, Coarb of St. Maidoc, and Archdeacon of
Breifny Kilmore, died.
Cuconnaught O'Reilly, some time Lord of Breifny, died.
Tiernan O'Rourke went upon a predatory excursion into Lurg, and carried
off a great prey; but Hugh Oge, son of Hugh O'Rourke, was slain by
O'Muldoon, Chief of Lurg, who had followed in pursuit of it.
William O'Farrelly, Coarb of St. Maidoc, and Archdeacon of Breifny, died.
M1370.10 - Teige O'Rourke assumed the lordship of Breifny; but the
Clann-Murtough, Mac Tiernan, and Conor Roe, the son of Cathal, son of
Hugh Breifneach, banished him to the territory of Mac William.
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