Battles / Events in or relating to Donegal (49)

Name / Location Date Cause Result
Battle at the Rasa - Rosses
O Breislein's house in Dun an Chairbrigh Eoin mac Suibhne and followers left for Scotland and went to get the timber they had sailed to O Breisleins house with. 'MacGofradha cast a magic mist over [the timber they had sailed from Scotland with], so that no one might discover it till they came back to it again. But since he was slain, that timber was never found. And it is the famous wood wherin Clann Suibhne are fated to sail to Scotland at some future date.' (Leabhar Chlainne Suibhne) Eoin and Mac Gofradha were engaged in a trip to Ireland in pursuit of pleasre and ship timber. O Breislein invited Eoin and friends to his house where ""they were billeted over all the land"" (Leabhar Chlainn Suibhne, p. 11) and attempted to treacherously murder all their party.
From Fearsat Mhor to Beal Atha Daire (Ballyarr near Rathmelton, Co. Donegal) death of Toirrdhealbhach mac Suibhne and the champion, Radharc-breaghach; banishment of Mac Suibhnes from Fanad Violation of Toirrdhealbhach's surety
Sruibhshliabh in Scotland Murchadh Mear's anger and rage at the King of Scotland for banishing his kinsfolk.
battle of Achadh Mona - Achawoney 1. The family of the slain O Conmhaoil 'O Conwell' has remained in obscurity ever since.
From the camp at Dun Cionnfhaolaidh 'Dunkineely' to the flight from the camp Toirrdhealbhach an Fhiona captured Mac Suibhne's son, Toirrdhealbhach Ruadh, brought him in custody to a place called Murbhach and by this Toirdhealbhach an Fhion greatly extended his power to the east of Bearnas Mor. Toirrdhealbhach an Fhiona took the opportunity of the absence of the descendants of Sean O Domhnaill and Toirrdhealbhach Caoch mac Suibhne (in Derry) to invade the creaght over which Toirrdhealbhach Ruadh was guarding. When Toirrdhealbhach Ruadh pursued the looters conflict ensued.
the green of Cul mic an Trein 'Castleforward' Domhnall mac Suibhne was slain; Toirrdhealbhach son of Conchubhar Balbh assumed the cheiftainship. rivalry for kingship
rout of Ceann Maghair Atha 'Kinnaweer' Defeat and death of Toirrdhealbhach, Maolmhuire mac Suibhne was installed as Mac Suibhne. Nechtain's descendants were routed Aodh Ruadh O Domhnaill was inaugurated. Succession dispute over what was considered Toirrdhealbhach's evil rule
Lough Swilly, Ireland Murchadh Mear conquered the middle third of Inis Eoghain, Fanad, Ros Guill, O Maolgaoithe's tuath, and the two tuaths of Tir Baghuine. These lands have been occupied by Mac Suibhnes from then on, save the middle third of Inis Eoghain. After the battle of Sruibhshliabh, Murchadh Mear set out to avenge his brethern and kinsfolk in Ireland who had been banished from Fanad with the defeat and death of Toirdhealbhach at the battle of Beal Atha Daire.
fight for lordship of Fanad between Ruaidhri, son of Maolmhuire,and Eoin Ruadh, son of Ruaidhri mac Suibhne
war for the lordship of Fanad following the death of Ruaidhri son of Maolmhuire mac Suibhne The Cineal Conaill, namely O Domhnaill and his sons and the cheifs of all Tir Chonaill, came together in Cill mac nEnain 'Kilmacrenan' and proclaimed as Mac Suibhne Domhnall Og, son of Domhnaill. But Maolmhuire's descendants never submitted to Domhnall Og war for the lordship of Fanad following the death of Ruaidhri son of Maolmhuire mac Suibhne
Battle of Sliabh Malair Toirdhealbhach Caoch and men plundered Seanghleann Choluim Chille in spite of Toirdhealbhach an Fhiona. 'Neither Sean's descendants nor Eoghan son of Donnchadh Mor restored the preys to the termon, and it is said it was there they themselves perished. But thereafter Mac Suibhne Fanad made an offering of the quarter of Tulach na Dala 'Tullynadall' to Columcille in restitution for the vilation of that termon'.(Leabhar Chlainne Suibhne) Suibhne, p. 39)
Murbhach Toirdhealbhach Ruadh was set free: his fetters were removed and his demands for a Kin's dress for himself and his followers for a bodyguard were granted in full. Argument/conflict of opinion: Toirdhealbhach Ruadh told Toirdhealbhach an Fhiona thatwas he free, Toirdhealbhach an Fhiona would not be as powerful as he was.
fight for Fanad. The Cineal Conaill, namely O Domhnaill and his sons and the cheifs of all Tir Chonaill, came together in Cill mac nEnain 'Kilmacrenan' and proclaimed as Mac Suibhne Domhnall Og, son of Domhnaill. But Maolmhuire's descendants never submitted to Domhnall Og fight for lordship of Fanad following the death of Ruaidhri mac Suibhne
continuation of the war for the lordship of Fanad the murder of Toirdhealbhach son of Eamonn by Toirdhealbhach son of Ruaidhri in an attack on the promontory of Dubhcarraig the previous spring
Battle of Edan Mor - Edenmore
From the Finn to Tapadhan - Tappaghan
Cill mac nEnain O Domhnaill and Maghnus O Domhnaill were exceedingly offended by the inauguration; and afterwards, Maghnus and the descendants of Domhnall mac Suibhne plotted the abominable treachery against Mac Suibhne whereby his people were slaughtered and all his country destroyed by fire. - (Leabhar Chlainne Suibhne, p. 73) after the death of Domhnall Og, Toirdhealbhach son of Ruaidhri son of Maolmhuire gathered his followers and proceeded to Cill mac nEnain where he forced the successors of Columcille to proclaim him Mac Suibhne, in opposition to the wish of the Cineal Conaill
rout of Crann Cuillmin in Fanad, Ireland After being exiled from Scotland, Eoghan sailed to Fanad to avenge the insult caused to himself and his foster-father, Mac Gofradha by the O Breisleins
Circuit of Leath Chuinn friendship
the famous battle of Ard an Ghaire -Ardingary
battle of Cnoc an Bhodha - Knockavoe; the first collision that took place at Cnoc an Bhodha
from Gort Cathlaighe (Gortcally) to Mulan na nAlbanachin Achadh Bunursann O Domhnaill sought to avenge his kinsmen, the O Breisleins
Lake Erne war between Fir Manach and the Fir Brefne (AC, 1416, p. 429, par. 11)
Fanad Toirdhealbhach built the castle of Carraig Fheile, by means of which he reduced and annexed all the country to himself - Leabhar Chlainne Suibhne, p. 73
Ballyshannon1247 The opponents pillaged and plundered the whole territory and left behind Ruaidhri O Canannain as king of Cenel Conaill. Geraldine expansion into Cenel Conaill
murder of Ruaidhri s. Domhnaill O Conchobhair after the battle of Castleconor in Carbury1316 Ruaidhri O Conchobhair was murdered by a band of galloglasses hired by Derbforgaill daughter of Magnus O Conchobhair and the chief families of Carbury were extensively plundered by the Cenel Conaill. After a pretence of peace between Ruaidhri s. Domhnaill O Conchobhair and Aodh O Domhnaill (and the Cenel Conaill), O Conchobhair yielded the lordship of Carbury to O Domhnaill. But Derbforgaill daughter of Magnus O Conchobhair hired a band of galloglasses and gave them a reward for killing Ruaidhri son of Domhnall O Conchobhair; so by them he was killed, in violation of oaths sworn to him previously on the relics of Tirconnell. - ( AC 1316, paragraph 2)
Ballyshannon - Ath-seanaigh1359 Seoan O Dochurtaig, chieftain of Ardmire, Eogan (mac Suibhne) Connachtach, Toirrdelbach Mac Suibne taken prisoners by the son of O Conchobhair
Assaroe1388 many of O Domhnaill's party were killed or taken captive Muirchertach son of Domhnall O Conchobhair attacked the stronghold of O Domhnaill at Assaroe
Tirhugh, its corn and hay and buildings, from Ath na nGall to Ballyshannon and O Domhnaill's stronghold at Murbach (AC, 1419, p. 443, par. 3)1419 Tirhugh (its corn and hay and buildings) were destroyed from Ath na nGall to Ballyshannon and O Domhnaill's stronghold, Murbach, was burnt hosting by Brian O Conchobhair and the whole of North Connacht
Tir Conaill1522 O Neill with his supporters and army came into Tir Conaill and took Ballyshannon Castle and burnt Belleek and Bundrowes before departing safely. war between Conn Bacach O Domhnaill, king of Tir Eoghain and Aodh Dubh, king of Tir Conaill
assembling of O Neills's great army1522 The Connacht army came to Sligo while O Neill entered Cenel Moain with a Scotch contingent commanded by Alusdur mac Domhnaill, the Meath Galls and the Leinster galloglasses assembling of O Neill's army for war against O Domhnaill
Knockavoe1522 O Neill was defeated by O Domhnaill and much of his army was slaughtered. night attack by O Domhnaill on O Neill
Ballyshannon Castle1522 Brian of the Fleet Mac Suibhne, Diarmait and the son of Tadhg Cam O Cleirig, Aodh Mac an Bhaird and others were killed by O'Neill's army in Ballyshannon castle battle with Conn Bacach O Neill's army
Portnatrynod1524 Calbach son of Bran son of Tadhg O Broin was killed by Magnus O Domhnaill and the party of Scots On the night before a promised battle beteen the justicar and O Neill on the one hand, and O Domhnaill on the other, Magnus O Domhnaill with a party of Scots went shooting arrows at the army of Galls in O Neill's camp
Castleforward1529 death of son of Mac Dubhghaill Aodh Buide O Domhnaill attacks and captures Castleforward
Rahin Castle1535 death of Maolmhuire son of Niall mac Suibhne' Mac Suibhne of Tir Boghaine dynastic rivalry
lower Connacht: several skirmishes from Ballyshannon to a camp 'between the Duff and the Drowes' to Fersad Randa in Liagain to Cuil Irra (Sligo)1536 unsuccessful: 'O Dom[h]naill returned home having obtained no submission or honour from his nobles of lower Connacht this time' (AC, p.697, par. 19) War between O Domhnaill and the nobles of lower Connacht
Encounter between the forces of O Neill and O Domhnaill, who were returning laden with spoils from a hosting into Meath, and the forces of the justiciar, Lord Leonard, at Belahoe Oriel1539 Although fleeing in disorder, the O Neill and O Domhnaill party 'lost no men of great distinction' besides Maolmhuire Mergech son of Eoghan Ruardh mac Suibhne (AC, p.713) hosting made by O Neill and O Domhnaill into Meath and destruction and plundering enacted there
Hosting made by O Domhnaill and his army into Fermanagh and Breifne and the Curlieus1540 'O Domhnaill received pledges and hostages from the territories he and his army passed through and returned safely from this hosting' (AC, p. 717, par. 10) Expedition by O Domhnaill and army
Rathlin Island1542 all the crew bar the son of O Flaithbheartaigh (whom Toirdhealbhach son of Mac Suibhne protected) were killed crew of a ship from west Connacht come to 'seize aprey' in Tir Conaill
lower Connacht1542 the nobles of lower Connacht came to Mac Williams of Clanrichard and he took them prisoner: O Dubda, Mac Donnchada of Corran, Maolmhuire and some of the Clann Suibhne Connachtach such as Maolmhuire son of Colla Mac Suibhne who died in the residence of Mac William of Clanrichard expedition of Ulick 'na Cenn' son of Richard Mac William of Clanrichard and David son of Ulick Mac Williams Burgh and army into lower Connacht
lower Connacht1542 Maolmhuire son of Eoghan mac Suibhne Connachtach was killed by the son of Maolmhuire son of Colla mac Suibhne Connachtach as he was 'convoying' the sons of O Dubdha unclear
fight for lordship of fanad; defeat for Maolmhuire son of Domhnaill Og mac Suibhne Fanad1542 death of Maolmhuire son of Domhnaill Og mac Suibhne Fanad rivalry for control of Fanad
fight for lordship of fanad; defeat for Maolmhuire son of Domhnaill Og mac Suibhne Fanad1543 death of Maolmhuire son of Domhnaill Og mac Suibhne Fanad rivalry for control of Fanad
fight for lordship of fanad; defeat for Maolmhuire son of Domhnaill Og mac Suibhne Fanad1543 death of Maolmhuire son of Domhnaill Og mac Suibhne Fanad rivalry for control of Fanad
Lifford Castle and surrounding area1543 death of Dubaltach son of Colla mac Suibhne and the descendants of Aodh O Gallchobhair Cathair son of Tuathal O Gallchobhair; the descendants of Aodh O Gallchobhair seized Lifford Castle which had been left in their guardianship by O Domhnaill
Innsi Meic an Duirn (Inishmacadurn Rutland Island, off west coast of Donegal - AC, p.732, par. 5)1543 Eoghan mac Suibhne and his son Brian were captured by a fleet from West Connacht and taken as prisoners
castle of Eoghan Mor mac Suibhne na Tuath1544 Sons of Donnchadh mac Suibhne entered Mac Suibhne's castle (which had been captured by the sons of Murchadh mac Suibhhne and Brian mac Suibhne) 'in peaceful guise' and killed Toirdhealbhach son of Murchadh mac Suibhne and another Brian (son of Domhnaill mac Suibhne) and delivered the castle to Eoghan Og mac Suibhne Imprisonment of Eoghan Mor mac Suibhne na Tuath and his subsequent death in captivity (see AC, 1544, p. 737, par. 16). Both Eoghan Og mac Suibhne, Eoghan Mor mac Suibhne's son, and Toirdhealbhach son of Murchadh mac Suibhne, were proclaimed chieftain.