Theme for 2005
"XLV. But Brian son of Cennétig was not willing to make peace with the foreigners, because however small the injury he might be able to do them, he preferred it to peace; and though all others were silent on that head, he would not be so. After that however, Brian and the young champions of the Dál Cais went back into the forests and wastes of north Mumhain, and they began to plunder and kill the foreigners. They set up rude huts rather than encampments, and lived in the forests and the wastes and the the caves of Ui Blait, and they killed a great number of the foreigners. Great on the other hand was the hardship, and ruin, and the bad food and bedding the foreigners inflicted on him and his band; and they killed his people and his trusted officers and comrades, until at the last he had no more than fifteen followers
After this, all the Dál
Cais were assembled in one place before
Mathgamain, and he asked them what decision they had come to; whether
they would have peace or war with the foreigners, and with the Danars.
Then they all answered, both old and young, that they preferred death
and destruction in defending their freedom, rather than submit to the
tyranny and opression of the pirates, or abandon their country to them.
And this was the voice of hundreds, as the voice of one man
from The Wars of the Gaedhil with the Gaill
about 820 to 964AD, the Eóganachta (the leading family
of Mumhain, or modern-day Munster), had
monopolised the kingship of Munster, but had not extended its frontiers
for any length of time. Nor had they been able to prevent the settlement
of Norsemen on their coast, unlike the kings of the U Neill to the north,
in what is now Northern Ireland.