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From the Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland
The Age of Christ 431. The third year of Laeghaire. Saint
Patrick was ordained bishop by the holy Pope, Celestine the
First, who ordered him to go to Ireland to preach and teach faith and piety
to the Gaeidhil, and also to baptize them.
The Age of Christ, 432. The fourth year of Laeghaire. Patrick
came to Ireland this year, and proceeded to baptize and bless the
Irish men, women, sons and daughters, except a few who did not consent
to receive faith or baptism from him, as his Life relates.
Ath Truim was founded by Patrick, it having been granted by Fedhlim,
son of Laeghaire, son of Niall to God and to him, Loman and Fortchern.
Flan Mainistrech cecinit:
Patrick, Abbot of all Ireland, son of Calphrann, son of Fotaide,
Son of Deisse,-not fit to be dispraised, son of Cormac Mor, son of
Lebriuth, Son of Ota, son of Orric the Good, son of Moric, son of Leo of
full success, Son of Miximus, tis not unfit to name him, son of Encretti,
the tall and comely, Son of Philisti, the best of men, son of Fereni without
a tempest, Son of Britan, otter of the sea, from whom the vigorous Britons
came; Cochnias was his modest mother; Nemthor his native town;
Of Munster not small his share, which Patrick redeemed from sorrow.
The Age of Christ, 438 The tenth year of Laeghaire. The
Seanchus and Feinechus of Ireland were purified and written, the writings
and old books of Ireland having been collected (and brought ) to
one place, at the request of Saint Patrick. These were the nine supporting
props by whom this was done: Laeghaire, i.e. King of Ireland, Corc, and
Daire, the three kings; Patrick, Benen, and Cairneach, the three saints;
Ross, Dubhthach, and Fearghus, the three antiquaries, as this quatrain
Laeghaire, Corc, Daire the stern, Patrick, Benen, Cairneach the just,
Ross, Dubhthach, Fearghus with goodness, the nine props these of the Seanchus
The Age of Christ, 448 The twentieth year of Laeghaire.
The family of Patrick of the prayers, who had good Latin,
I remember; no feeble court (were they) their order and their
Sechnall, his bishop without fault; Mochta after him his priest;
Bishop Erc his sweet -spoken Judge; his champion, Bishop Maccaeirthinn;
Benen, his psalmist; and Coemhan, his chamberlain;
Sinell his bell-ringer, and Aithcen his true cook;
The priest Mescan, without evil, his friend and his brewer;
The priest Bescna, sweet his verses, the chaplain of the son of Alprann.
This three smiths, expert at shaping, Macecht, Laebhan, and Fortchern.
His three artificers, of great endowment, Asbuite, Tairill, and Tasach.
His three embroiders, not despicable, Lupaid, Erca, and Cruimthiris.
Odhran, his charioteer, without blemish, Rodan, son of Braga, his shepherd.
Ippis, Tigris, and Erca, and Liamhain with Eibeachta:
For them Patrick excelled in wonders, for them he was truly miraculous.
Carniuch was the priest that baptized him; German his tutor, without blemish.
The priest Manach, of great endowment, was his man for supplying wood.
His sister’s son was Banban, of fame; Martin his mother’s brother.
Most sapient was the youth Mochonnoc, his hospitaller.
Cribri and Lasara, of mantles, beautiful daughters of Gleaghrann.
Macraith the wise, and Erc,---he prophesied in his three wills
Brogan, the scribe of his school; the priest Logha, his helmsman,--
It is not a thing unsung,--and Machui his true fosterson.
Good the man whose great family they were, to whom God gave a crozier
Chiefs with whom the bells are heard, a good family was the family
May the Trinity, which is powerful over all, distribute to us the boon
of great love;
The King who, moved by soft Latin, redeemed by Patrick’s prayer.
The Age of Christ 457. ......Ard-Macha was founded by Saint Patrick,
it having been granted to him by Daire, son of Finnchadh, son of Eoghan,
son of Niallan. Twelve men were appointed by him for building the
town. He ordered them, in the first place to erect an archbishop’s
city there, and a church for monks, for nuns, and for the other orders
in general, for he perceived that it would be the head and chief of the
churches of Ireland.
“The Age of Christ 493. The fifteenth year of Lughaidh. Patrick,
son of Calphurn, son of Potaide, archbishop first primate, and chief apostle
of Ireland, whom Pope Celestine the First had sent to preach the Gospel
and disseminate religion and piety among the Irish, (was the person) who
separated them from the worship of idols and specters, who conquered and
destroyed the idols which they had for worshipping; who had expelled demons
and evil spirits from among them, and brought them from the darkness of
sin and vice to the light of faith and good works, and who guided and conducted
their souls from the gates of hell (to which they were going), to the gates
of the kingdom of heaven. It was he that baptized and blessed the
men, women, sons and daughters of Ireland, with their territories and tribes
,both (fresh) waters and sea-inlets. It was by him that many cells,
monasteries, and churches were erected throughout Ireland; seven hundred
churches was their number. It was by him that bishops, priests,
and persons of every dignity were ordained; seven hundred bishops, and
three thousand priests (was) their number. He worked so many miracles
and wonders, that the human mind is incapable of remembering or recording
the amount of good which he did upon earth. When the time of St.
Patrick’s death approached, he received the Body of Christ from the hands
of the holy Bishop Tassach, in the 122nd (year) of his age, and resigned
his spirit to heaven.
Since Christ was born, a correct enumeration
Four hundred and fair ninety
Three years add to these,
Till the death of Patrick, chief Apostle.
There was a rising of battle,and a cause of dissension
in the province contending for the body of Patrick after his death.
The Ui-Neill and the Oirghialla attempting to bring it to Armagh; the Ulta
to keep it with themselves. And the Ui-Neil and the Oirghialla came
to a certain water, and the river swelled against them so that they
were not able to cross it in consequence of the greatness of the flood.
When the flood had subsided these hosts united on terms of peace, i.e.
the Ui-Neill and the Ulta, to bring the body of Patrick with them.
It appeared to each of them that each had the body conveying it to their
respective territories, so that God separated them in this manner, without
a fight or battle. The body of Patrick was afterwards interred at
Dun-da-lethglas with great honour and veneration; during the twelve nights
that the religious seniors were watching the body with psalms and hymns,
it was not night in Magh-inis or the neighboring lands, as they thought,
but as if it were the full undarkened light of day. Of the year of
Patrick’s death was said:
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