#OTD in 1316 – Battle of Athenry: Irish rising in support of Edward the Bruce of Scotland.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Many of the men of Erin all, around the great plain—
Many sons of kings, whom I name not, were slain in the great defeat:
Sorrowful to my heart is the conflict of the host of Midhe and Mumha.

On the day of St Laurence the martyr these deeds were committed; and Fedlim was twenty-three years old when slain; and he had been five years in the sovereignty of Connacht when Ruaidhri, son of Cathal Ruadh, assumed it in opposition to him during the space of half a year; and he was another half-year after Ruaidhri in the sovereignty until he was slain in this battle of Ath-na-righ.

A force of Anglo-Normans, led by Rickard De Bermingham, Lord of Athenry, inflicted a crushing defeat on an alliance of Irish clans led by Fedlim Ó Conchobair, Gaelic king of Connacht, at the town walls of the Norman town.

Athenry, Co Galway…

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