Irish History From The Annals
The Irish annals are a unique collection of annual records made in the monasteries of Ireland of political, cultural, social, religious, climatic events and disasters that took place in Ireland between sixth and sixteenth centuries.


The Viking Christmas Tribute
Irish History From The Annals
Following the siege of Dublin in 988 the Vikings were forced to pay King Mael Sechnaill an annual tribute of gold on Christmas night.

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Irish Christmas tales: the Viking attacks on the monasteries of Glendalough and Clonmore
Irish History From The Annals
On Christmas night in the year 835 the Vikings raided two of the great monasteries of Ireland; the monastery of St. Kevin at Glendalough and the monastery of St. Mogue at Clonmore.

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Irish Christmas tales: the Mac Diarmada Christmas gathering of 1540.
Irish History From The Annals
In 1540 the annals of Loch Cé recorded a very special Christmas celebration when Ruaidhri Mac Diarmada invited all the poets and ollúna of Ireland to join him for Christmas.

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The Hekla eruption of AD 1222
Irish History From The Annals
In AD 1222 the fallout from the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Hekla was recorded in the Annals of the Four Masters.

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The Viking raid on Newgrange and Brú na Bóinne
Irish History From The Annals
In 861 the Vikings carried out a raid on Newgrange and Brú na Bóinne.

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Halley’s Comet
Irish History From The Annals
In 1066 the Irish annalists recorded a precisely dated observation of Halley’s Comet.

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Irish History: The great robbery of the treasures of Clonmacnoise
Irish History From The Annals
The Annals of the Four Masters record that in 1129 the important monastery of Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly was robbed of its treasures by Gillacomhgain a Dane from Limerick.

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