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References in the Annals of the Four Masters, Annals of Ulster, the Annals of Tigernach and the Annals of Inisfallen

M3500.1 The fleet of the sons of Milidh came to Ireland at the end of this year, to take it from the Tuatha De Dananns and they fought the battle of Sliabh Mis with them on the third day after landing. … After this the sons of Milidh fought a battle at Tailtinn, against the three kings of the Tuatha De Dananns. … The battle was at length gained against the Tuatha De Dananns.

U432.1 Patrick arrived in Ireland.

U493.4 Patrick, arch-apostle, or archbishop and apostle of the Irish, rested on the 16th of the Kalends of April in the 120th year of his age, in the 60th year after he had come to Ireland to baptize the Irish.

T601.5 Fingen son of Aod the Black, king of Munster.

T618.4 Fingen son of Aed, king of Munster, died. Of whom his wife said:


During the time of Fingen, son of Aed, 

Full were her storerooms, 

Fruitful were her households.

AI619.1 Death of Fíngen son of Aed, king of Mumu.

U622.6 The battle of Cennbag, in which Colmán son of Cobthach fell.

T622.6 The battle of Cenn Gubai in which Colmán son of Cobthach, father of Guaire, fell by Ragallach son of Uatu.

T655.6 Laidhgnén son of Colmán, king of Connacht, died.

Lebor Gabála Érenn (Macalister), Volume 4

p. 131 Bodb of the Mound on Femen, son of Eochu Garb.

p. 181 Eochaid Ollathair, the Great Dagda, son of Elada, was eighty years in the kingship of Ireland. He had three sons, Oengus, Aed and Cermat the fair.

Lebor Gabála Érenn (Macalister), Volume 5

p. 57 The wind concentrated upon the ship where Donn the king was, and Donn was drowned at the Sandhills; whence Tech Duinn derives its name.

pp. 61-63 The third day after their (the Sons of Míl) coming into Ireland, they fought the battle of Sliab Mis against demons and spectres and Túatha Dé Danann. …They came out thereafter to Tailltiu, and fought the battle of Tailtiu against the Túatha Dé Danann. … They were a long time in that contest … and at last it broke upon the Túatha Dé Danann.

p. 491 The Fir Domnann … landed in Irrus Domnann.

The History of Ireland (Geoffrey Keating), Volume 1

p. 195 Fir Domhnann is given to Geanann and to Rughraidhe. And some of the antiquaries say that it is in Iorrus Domhnann (in the north-west of the province of Connacht) these two came to land with a third of the host, and that it is from them Iorrus Domhnann is called.

The History of Ireland (Geoffrey Keating), Volume 2

p. 87 And it is from Donn son of Milidh, who was drowned there, that it is called Teach Duinn.

pp. 95-97 As to the descendants of Milidh, the company of them who landed with Eibhear and fought the Battle of Sliab Mis went to meet Eireamhon to the mouth of Innbhear Colpa; and when they came together there, they gave warning of battle to the sons of Cearmad and to the Tuatha De Danann in general. It was then that the Battle of Taillte took place between them; and the sons of Cearmad were defeated by the sons of Milidh.

The History of Ireland (Geoffrey Keating), Volume 3

p. 83 The following are the provincial kings and the territorial princes who were at the convention of Drom Ceat: … Finghin, son of Aodh Dubh, son of Criomhthann, king of all Munster.

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Related saga online: Altram Tige Dá Medar (The Nourishment of the Houses of the Two Milk-Vessels)
Lilian Duncan (ed. & tr.), Altram Tige Dá Medar, Ériu, 11, 1932, pp. 184-225.
Digital Edition at JSTOR

§2, pp. 206-207, (See Section 3): As for the Tuatha D4 Danann, the tale is now told here. After Erimon had defeated the heroes and warriors at the battles of Taillte and Druim Lighean in the matter of the partition of the territory of Ireland, the noble high king, great powerful Manannan, was brought to them that he might take counsel with them, and Manannan’s advice to the warriors was that they should spread themselves in the elf-mounds, and quarter themselves on the hills and pleasant plains of Ireland, and Bodb Derg was made king by the men and Manannain ... over them, and Manannan appointed for the nobles their position in the elf-mounds, i.e. Bodb Derg to Sidh Buidb over Lake Dergirt, and Midhir of great pride to Sidh Truim of beautiful slopes, … and Ilbreac to Sidh Aedha Easa Ruaidh, and Lir, son of Lughaidh, to green-grassed Sidh Finnachaidh, …

Margaret E. Dobbs (ed. & tr.), Altromh Tighi da Medar, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie, 18, 1930, pp. 189–230.
English translation at; English translation at Tech Screpta

Acallamh na Senórach: The Colloquy with the Ancients (O’Grady)

p. 141 (179) That was just the time when between Lir of Sídh Finnachaidh and Ilbhrec of Assaroe there was great war.

p. 142 (180) For it was Aillén mac Midhna of the Tuatha Dé Danann that out of Sídh Finnachaidh to the northward used to come to Tara: the manner of his coming being with a musical timpán in his hand, the which whenever any heard he would at once sleep. Then, all being lulled thus, out of his mouth Aillen would emit a blast of fire.

p. 144 (182) When Aillen mac Midhna was aware that his magical contrivance was all baffled, he returned to Sídh Finnachaidh on the summit of Sliabh Fuaid.

p. 146 (184) But Caeilte said: “…who is he whom, man to man, ye deem most formidable in the battle?” “The man that of all the Tuatha Dé Danann excels in prowess: Lir of Sídh Finnachaidh,” they answered.

p. 146 (184) Caeilte and Lir of Sídh Finnachaidh encountered, aggressively and bloodily, and in the end of the affair Lir fell by Caeilte.

p. 226 (264) Bodhb Derg and Midir and Fionnbarr said now: “how shall we manage with all these slain? let Lir of Sídh Fionnachaidh give us counsel, since he is the eldest of us.”

Cath Finntrága: The Battle of Ventry (Meyer)

p. 16 (45) “Who is there to match the king of the men of the Dogheads for me?” said Bodb Derg. “I will go against him,” said Lir of Sid Finnachaid.

Lectures of the Manuscript Materials of Ancient Irish History (O’Curry)
List of Historic Tales in the Book of Leinster includes:
Tre Cuairt tigi Lir (The Three Circuits of the House of Lir), p. 584 (620)

Airec Menman Uraird Maic Coise (Byrne), Anecdota from Irish Manuscripts, Volume 2
List of the gnathscela Herenn includes:
Treochair Tighe Lir, p. 45 (140), §6, line 16

D = The Martyrology of Donegal (O’Donovan)
G = The Martyrology of Gorman (Stokes)
O = The Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee (Stokes)
D: 17 March, Patrick, noble Apostle of the island of Erinn (See Section 26), p. 79 (141)
G: 17 March, Patrick, apostle of Ireland (See Section 26), p. 57
O: 17 March, Patrick, apostle of virginal Erin (See Section 26), p. 82 (141), p. 99 (158)
D: 16 May, Brenainn, Abbot of Cluain-ferta-Brenainn (See Section 19), pp. 129-131 (191-193)
G: 16 May, Brénainn, son of Findlug, abbot of Cluain Ferta (See Section 19), p. 99
O: 16 May, Brénann of Clúain, son of Findlug (See Section 19), p. 124 (183), p. 133 (192)

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R = The Rennes Dindshenchas (Stokes), Revue Celtique, 15-16, 1894-1895
M = The Metrical Dindshenchas (Gwynn)
B = The Bodleian Dinnshenchas (Stokes), Folklore, 3, 1892
E = The Edinburgh Dinnshenchas (Stokes), Folklore, 4, 1893
S = Silva Gadelica (O’Grady), Volume 2
R: Bri Léith §126 (See Section 3), Part 3, pp. 77-78, (‘Bri Léith’)
M: Brí Léith (See Section 3), Volume 4, p. 229, p. 437
B: Bri Léith §9 (See Section 3), pp. 477-478, (‘Bri Léith’)
S: Brí Léith (See Section 3), p. 522 (557)
R: Ess Rúaid §81 (See Section 3), Part 3, pp. 31-33, (‘Ess Ruaid’)
M: Ess Ruaid I (See Section 3), Volume 4, pp. 3-7, pp. 375-376
M: Ess Ruaid II (See Section 3), Volume 4, pp. 7-9, pp. 376 -377
B: Ess Ruaid §42 (See Section 3), pp. 505-506, (‘Ess Ruaid’)
S: Es [Aedha] Ruaidh (See Section 3), p. 526 (561)
R: Loch Dergdeirc §64 (See Section 7), Part 2, pp. 461-463, (‘Loch Dergdeirc’)
M: Loch Dergderc (See Section 7), Volume 3, pp. 339-347
R: Tailtiu §99 (See Section 1), Part 3, pp. 50-51, (‘Tailtiu’)
M: Tailtiu (See Section 1), Volume 4, pp. 147-163, pp. 413-419
E: Mag Tailten §68 (See Section 1), pp. 486-487, (‘Mag Tailten’)
S: Tailltiu (See Section 1), p. 514 (549)
M: Tech Duinn (See Section 57), Volume 4, p. 311, p. 459

Cóir Anmann: Fitness of Names (Stokes), Irische Texte, Ser. III.2
Connachta §76 (See Section 19), p. 325, p. 414
Dagda §§150-151 (See Section 3), p. 355, p. 418
Mannanán Mac lir §156 (See Section 49), p. 357, p. 418
Muma §1 (See Section 19), p. 289, p. 412

Mythological Cycle
Tuatha Dé Danann
Ulster Cycle
Children of Lir
Aengus Óg
Bodb Derg
Colmán mac Cobthaig (d. 622); Kings of Connacht; Kings of Uí Fiachrach Aidne; Uí Fiachrach Aidne
Dagda; High Kings of Ireland
Fíngen mac Áedo Duib; Kings of Munster
Loingsech mac Colmáin; Kings of Connacht; Kings of Uí Fiachrach Aidne; Uí Fiachrach Aidne
Manannán mac Lir
Saint Patrick; Saints of Ireland
Saint Brendan of Clonfert; Saints of Ireland
Dursey Island
Inishkea Islands
Lough Derg (Shannon)
Lough Derravaragh
Mull of Kintyre
Straits of Moyle

Early Christian Sites in Ireland
Inishglora Island
Inishkea North and South

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