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 Festival of Imbolc and St. Brigit
Irish History From The Annals
The pagan Festival of Imbolc honouring the goddess Brigit falls on the same day, 1 February, as the Feast of St. Brigid.

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Lugnasadh and the Óenach Tailten at Teltown, Co. Meath
Irish History From The Annals
In the Medieval period an annual Fair was held at Tailltin (now Teltown) Co. Meath on the Festival of Lugnasadh known as the Óenach Tailten, which was presided over by the King of Tara.

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The Earl of Kildare’s Blood Money
Irish History From The Annals
In 1554 the Earl of Kildare demanded and received a vast blood price for the killing of his foster-brother Robert Nugent.

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The Earthquake of 1490
Irish History From The Annals
The Annals record a strong earthquake that occurred in the Ox Mountains of Sligo and Mayo in 1490.

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The burning of Kilmallock
Irish History From The Annals
The Annals record that during the Desmond rebellion in 1571 the town of Kilmallock, Co. Limerick was pillaged and burned.

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Irish Chistmas Storms
Irish History From The Annals
Wind storms in Ireland around Christmas are not unusual.

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The Dublin Christmas Court of King Henry II
Irish History From The Annals
In 1171 the King of England, Henry II, spent Christmas in Dublin in a special palace built for the occasion.

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