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.


Irish History: The Battle of Tara and the freeing of the slaves of Viking Dublin
Irish History From The Annals
The Irish victory at the battle of Tara in 980 AD opened the way for the capture of Viking Dublin and the freeing of the Irish slaves.

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Irish history: Cobhlaigh Mor, daughter of the king of Connacht
Irish History From The Annals
Cobhlaigh Mor, the daughter of the king of Connacht, married three rival dynasts and was described in the annals as rich, affluent and hospitable.

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Samhain
Irish History From The Annals
Halloween derives from the ancient festival of Samhain. Samhain was one of the main ancient Irish festivals that marked the beginning of winter and of the dark half of the new year.

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Irish History: The Plague
Irish History From The Annals
In the Spring of 1439 the plague returned to ravage the people of Dublin.

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Irish History: The first Viking raid on Ireland
Irish History From The Annals
The first Viking raid on Ireland was recorded in the Annals of Ulster in the year 795 when the Vikings attacked Rathlin Island off the coast of Antrim.

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Irish History: The West Clare Disaster of 804
Irish History From The Annals
The Annals of Ulster record that in March 804 the coastal area of West Clare around Milltown Malbay was struck by what appears to have been a tsunami. Over a thousand people were killed. Mutton Island, the largest island off the coast of Clare and then called Fitha, was split into three islands that are now called Mutton, Inismattle and Roanshee.

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