Fragmentary annals of Ireland
- Late Middle Irish, Early Modern Irish
- Irish annals
- Broken book of Giolla na Naomh Mac Áedhagáin (lost)Dubhaltach’s version of FA (below) was itself copied from what he called a ‘broken book’ of Giolla na Naomh Mac Áedhagáin. If the latter is identical with the ollamh of that name recorded in the annals and if he was the scribe (rather than merely the owner) of the manuscript, this book would seem to date to the early 15th century.
- Manuscript written by Dubhaltach Óg Mac Fir Bhisigh for John Lynch (lost)The uniquely preserved text in the Brussels manuscript (below) was transcribed from a now lost manuscript written by Dubhaltach Óg Mac Fir Bhisigh for John Lynch.
- Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, MS 5301-5320 (4641) [s. xvii]ff. 1a–36a
- Late Middle Irish Early Modern Irish
- late Middle Irish and Early Modern Irish
A largely lost set of annals associated with the monastery of Cluain Eidnech (Clonenagh) in present-day Co. Laois.
Brief poem (3 st.) on a battle fought by Bruide against an unnamed son of Oswiu (mac Os(s)a), which is usually identified as the battle of Dún Nechtain (685), in which Bruide mac Bile (Bridei III), king of the Picts, defeated the Northumbrians and King Ecgfrith, son of Oswiu, was slain. The poem is found in the Fragmentary annals of Ireland, where it is attributed to one Riaguil of Bangor and given in the context of the death of Flann Fína, i.e. Aldfrith, king of Northumbria, apparently in the erroneous understanding that ‘Oswiu’s son’ is intended to refer to him rather than his half-brother and predecessor Ecgwin. A note in the left margin seeks to support this interpretation by identifying Bruide as Aldfrith’s contemporary Bruide mac Deril (i.e. B. mac Der-Ilei, Bridei IV).
Fragment 1 (s.a. 573–628 = §§ 1–18)
Fragment 2 (s.a. 662–704 = §§ 19–167)
Fragment 3 (s.a. 716–735 = §§ 168–232)
Fragment 4 (s.a. 851–873 = §§ 233–410)Summary:
Joan N. Radner, Fragmentary annals of Ireland (1978) has suggested that this part of the manuscript is primarily based on two texts: the Clonmacnoise chronicle (now lost) and for much of the pseudo-historical material, the Osraige chronicle. To a smaller extent, use was made of additional material. See also Clare Downham, ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’, The Medieval Chronicle 3 (2004).
Fragment 5 (s.a. 906–914 = §§ 411–459)
A number of annals have been expanded to include short narratives about the careers of kings, such as Suibne Menn, Fínnachta Fledach, Máelshechnaill mac Máele Ruanaid and Cerball mac Dúnlainge. The following titles do not occur in the text of the Fragmentary Annals, but they have been adopted from Dan M. Wiley's overview of the early Irish king-tales.(2)n. 2 Dan M. Wiley, ‘An introduction to the early Irish king tales’ in Essays on the early Irish king tales... (2008). Some of them are also found in the Mionannála.
|Paragraphs (Radner)||Sub anno||Text|
|§ 4||s.a. 583||Aided Fheradaig Fhinn||(The violent death of Feradach Finn)|
|§ 9||s.a. 605||Scéla Áedo Uaridnaig ⁊ Mura Othna||(The story of Áed Uaridnach and Muru Othna)|
|§ 17||s.a. 615||Compert Suibni Minn||(The conception and birth of Suibne Menn)|
|§ 67.i||s.a. 677||Scéla Fínnachta ⁊ Ríg Fer Rois||(The story of Fínnachta Fledach and the king of Fir Rois)|
|§ 67.ii||s.a. 677||Scéla Fínnachta ⁊ Adomnáin||(The story of Fínnachta Fledach and Adomnán)|
|§ 67.iii||s.a. 677||Scéla Fínnachta ⁊ Cinn Fáelad||(The story of Fínnachta Fledach and Cenn Fáelad)|
|§ 67.iv||s.a. 677||Scéla Fínnachta ⁊ Moling ⁊ Adomnáin||(The story of Fínnachta Fledach, Moling and Adomnán)|
|§ 150||s.a. 700||Scéla Írgalaig meic Conaing ⁊ Adomnáin||(The story of Írgalach mac Conaing and Adomnán)|
|§ 158||s.a. 703||Cath Corainn||(The battle of Corann)|
|§ 177||s.a. 721||Fáitsine Fergaile meic Máele Dúin||(The prophecy of Fergaill mac Máele Dúin)|
|§ 178||s.a. 722||Cath Almaine||(The battle of Allen)|
|§§ 233-235||s.a. 851-852||Scéla Máelshechnaill ⁊ na nDanar||(The story of Máelshechnaill [mac Máele Ruanaid] and the Danes)|
|§ 254||s.a. 852 (?)||Scéla Cerbaill meic Dúnlainge ⁊ na nDanar||(The story of Cerball mac Dúnlainge and the Danes)|
|§ 260||s.a. 858||Cath Cairn Lugdach||(The battle of Carn Lugdach)|
|§ 260||s.a. 858||Scéla Máelshechnaill ⁊ Cerbaill meic Dúnlainge||(The story of Máelshechnaill [mac Máele Ruanaid] and Cerball mac Dúnlainge)|
|§ 279||s.a. 860||Cath Maige Macha||(The battle of Mag Macha)|
|§ 314||s.a. 864||Sluagad Cerbaill meic Dúnlainge co Mag Feimin||(The hosting of Cerball mac Dúinlainge to Mag Feimin)|
|§ 338||s.a. 866 (?)||Scéla Cennétig meic Gáethíne ⁊ na Lochlannach||(The story of Cennétig mac Gáethíni and the Norwegians)|
|§ 366||s.a. 868||Cath Cille ua nDaigre||(The battle of Cell ua nDaigre)|
|§ 387||s.a. 870||Togail Dúin Bolg||(The destructon of Dún Bolg)|
|§ 423||s.a. 908||Cath Belaig Mugna||(The battle of Belach Mugna)|
|§ 443||s.a. 912 (?)||Éirge Osraige i cenn Diarmata meic Cerbaill||(The revolt of the Osraige against Diarmat mac Cerbaill)|
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