Battle / Event Title: Oriel

General Details
Name / LocationOriel
Date1368
Sceneland
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Cause Niall O Neill, king of Ulster brought his army into Oriel to attack Brian mag Mathgamna. Brian offered concessions (half of Oriel to Niall son of Murchad son of Brian of the Masschalices who had held office before Brian and further gifts to compensate for the death of Somairle mac Domnaill in 1365). Niall O Neill agreed to these terms but Niall son of Murchad mag Mathgamna and Alexander Oc mac Domhnaill led an attack on Brian mag Mathgamna without consulting Niall O Neill
Classification Political Conflict
ResultNiall mag Mathgamna heir to the kingship of Oriel and Alexander mac Domhnall, constable of the galloglasses and heir of the clann Domhnaill, were routed and killed along with a great many of their followers including Eoghan son of Toirdhealbhach son of Maelsechlainn O Domhnaill
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Individuals Involved in Battle / EventAlexander mac Domhnaill
Forces Involved Details
Forces Involved - ForNiall son of Murchad mag Mathgamna and Alexander Oc mac Domhnaill and three large battalions
Forces Involved - AgainstBrian mag Mathgamna and army
Place of Galloglass in Forces Involved2nd
Victory / Defeat / Neitherdefeat
Casulties For: DeadNiall mag Mathgamna heir to the kingship of Oriel; Alexander mac Domhnall constable of the galloglasses and heir of the clann Domhnaill and a great many of their followers including Eoghan son of Toirdhealbhach son of Maelsechlainn O Domhnaill
Casulties For - Wounded
Casulties Against: Dead
Casulties Against - Wounded
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Employer's NameNiall O Neill, king of Ulster. In 1368 Alexander Oc mac Domhnaill together with Niall son of Murchad mag Mathgamna, heir to the kingship of Oriel, resolved on an independent course of action. (AC, 1368, p. 335, par. 13)
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TitleThe Annals of Connacht (AD 1224-1544), ed. A. Martin Freeman (Dublin: The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1944), p. 335