Maelsechlainn sentence example
- Turgeis was captured and drowned by the ardri Maelsechlainn in 844, and two years later Domrair was slain.
- Amlaib was opposed to the ardri Maelsechlainn I.
- The tanists or heirs of the northern and southern Hy Neill having died, the throne fell to Maelsechlainn II., of the Cland Colrnain, the last of the Hy Neill who was undisputed king of Ireland.
- Maelsechlainn, who succeeded in 980, had already distinguished himself as king of Meath in war with the Norsemen.
- Already in 982 Maelsechlainn had invaded Thomond and uprooted the venerable tree under which the Dalcais rulers were inaugurated.Advertisement
- In the same year Maelsechlainn took Dublin and imposed an annual tribute on the city.
- In 992 Brian invaded Meath, and four years later Maelsechlainn defeated Brian in Munster.
- In 998 Brian ascended the Shannon with a large force, intending to attack Connaught, and Maelsechlainn, who received no support from the northern Hy Neill, came to terms with him.
- All hostages held by the over-king from the Northmen and Irish of Leth Moga were to be given up to Brian, which was a virtual surrender of all his rights over the southern half of Ireland; while Brian on his part recognized Maelsechlainn as sole king of Leth Cuinn.
- Maelmorda was restored to his kingdom, Sigtrygg received Brian's daughter in marriage, whilst Brian took to himself the Dublin king's mother, the notorious Gormflaith, who had already been divorced by Maelsechlainn.Advertisement
- Maelsechlainn, taken by surprise and feeling himself unequal to the contest, endeavoured to gain time.
- He applied to the northern Hy Neill to come to his assistance, and even offered to abdicate in favour of the chief of the Cinel Eogain, but the latter refused unless Maelsechlainn undertook to cede to them half the territory of his own tribe, the Cland Colmain.
- The attempt to unite the whole of the Eremonian against the Eberian race and preserve a dynasty that had ruled Ireland for 600 years, having failed, Maelsechlainn submitted to Brian, and without any formal act of cession the latter became ardri.
- To meet such formidable opponents, Brian, now an old man unable to lead in person, mustered all the forces of Munster and Connaught, and was joined by Maelsechlainn in command of the forces of Meath.
- The longest account of the battle that followed occurs in a source very partial to Brian and the deeds of Munstermen, in which Maelsechlainn is accused of treachery, and of holding his troops in reserve.Advertisement
- Maelsechlainn with his Meathmen came down on the fugitives as they tried to cross the bridge leading to Dublin or to reach their ships.
- The Dalcassian forces had been so much weakened by the great struggle that Maelsechlainn was again recognized as king of Ireland.
- The death of Maelsechlainn in 1022 afforded an opportunity for an able and ambitious man to subdue Ireland, establish a strong central government, break up the tribal system and further the gradual fusion of factions into a homogeneous nation.