‘The place where Fiach Mac Aodha was’

Published in Features, Issue 5 (September/October 2013), Volume 21

‘The place where Fiach Mac Aodha was. This was a secure, impregnable valley, and the English of Dublin were accustomed with their instruments of battle to besiege and assault it in order to plunder and lay it waste. This Fiach maintained it valiantly against them, so that many heads were left behind with him, and they could do nothing against him; but though their attacks were many and various, and though great were their seizures of battle, he was not submissive to them as long as he lived. Every hostage and every prisoner who escaped from them did not go past him, but towards him, and the first place he would head for was Glenmalure, the place where Fiach was, as we have said, for it was his home fort.’
(Lughaidh Ó Cléirigh, Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill)

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