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Volume II of the Annals of Senait

This volume, published in 1893, six years following the first, covers the years 1057 A.D. to 1378 A.D., with a gap of 27 years between 1132 A.D. and 1155 A.D. What happened to the missing four pages is unknown.

1060 A.D. Strict calendar reckoning.

Two years [and] ten ended,
Five thousand without any defect--
Ua Forreidh acutely found,
According to very established, very decisive rule--
From beginning of the hoary world comes
The decease of Domnall Deiseach.

1065. A.D. The passing of a Scot.

"Dubtach, the Scotsman, chief soul-friend of Ireland and Scotland, rested in Ard-Macha"

Dubtach, person righteous, dour,
For him there will be a dwelling roomy, noble,
Heaven the soul-friend found, it is seen.

1067 A.D. Again the counting of the years.

"Aedh Ua Concubuir (namely, Aedh 'of the gapped spear'), arch-king of the Fifth of Connacht, helmsman of the championship of the Half of Conn, was killed by the Conmacni in which fell many...."

Seven years [and] sixty, not trifling,
And a thousand, great the triumph,
From Birth of Christ, not vain the sway,
Until fell Aedh, king of Connacht.

1086 A.D. "Mael Ua Brolcain, master of wisdom and of piety, and in poetry in either language, sent forth his spirit."

The seventeenth of the Kalends of February
The night of the feast of Fursa fair,
Died Mael-Isu Ua Brolchain,
Alas! who [is there] to whom it is not grievous, plague sore?

To assist the reader, Mael-Isu "Devotee of Jesus", and poet "in either language", meaning Irish and Latin.

In the same year:

"Tairrdelbach Ua Briain, king of Ireland, died in Cinn-coradh, after much suffering and after long penance and after partaking of the Body of Christ and of His Blood, on the 2nd of the Ides [14th] of July, in the seventh year [and] seventieth of his age":

The night of Tuesday, on the foreday of the Ides of July,
On the feast of James of pure mind,
On the ninth [and] twentieth [of the moon], died
The stout arch-king, Tairrdelbach.

1088 A.D. "Cathalan Ua Forreidh, master of wisdom and piety on the third of the Nones [5th] of March rested in peace, the Sunday of the beginning [of Lent]."

Cathalan, the devotee just,
He was a community elder, he was a senior;
To heaven, into its sunny mansion bright,
He went on the feast of Ciaran of Saighir.

This is the first use of the term "senior" used in an obituary nine centuries ago. This twenty-first century scribe, who is a senior, is happy to note its honorable connotation.

1173 A.D. A moving eulogy in prose, worthy of preservation.

"Muiredhach Ua Cobhthaigh, bishop of Cenel-Eogain and of all of the North of Ireland, the son of chastity and the precious stone and the gem of purity and the shining star and the preserving casket of wisdom and the fruitful branch of the Canon and the fount of charity and meekness and kindliness and the dove for purity of heart and the turtle for innocence and the saint of God among men, after ordaining priests and deacons and persons of every [church-] grade besides,--namely, seventy priests, and after renovating many churches and after consecrating churches and cemeteries and after building many monasteries and regular churches and [performing] every ecclesiastical work besides and after bestowal of food and clothing to the poor, after victory and piety and penance and pilgrimage, he sent forth his spirit unto heaven in the Penitentiary of Colum-cille in Daire, on the 4th of the Ides [10th] of February, on the 6th [recte, 7th] feria. Now a great marvel was wrought on the night he died,--the night was illuminated from Nocturne to the call of the cock and the whole world [was] a-blaze and a large mass of fire arose over the place and went south-east and everyone arose, it seemed to them it was the day. And it was like that by the sea on the east."

What a richness of language, the sun, the stone, the gem, the star, the casket, the branch, the fount, the dove, the turtle, the saint of God among men!

Astronomers may care to check their charts for the heavenly illumination on the date(s) given.


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