Corann

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Corann
Túath/ Tríocha Céad
History
 • Createduncertain
 • Abolished1564
 • Succeeded byBarony of Corran, County Sligo
StatusTúath
 • TypeRí túath/Oireacht Mixed Democratic/Monarchy
Contained within
 • ConfederationIochtar Connacht
Subdivisions
 • TypeParishes/Townlands

Corann was an ancient Irish (tuath) in northwest Connacht represented now by the present barony of Corran in County Sligo. The name is cerived in legend from Corann, the harper of Díancecht of the Túath Dé Danaan.


Organisation[edit]

Ballymote became the centre of the túath after construction of the castle in the 13th century.

Ballymote Castle

History[edit]

The well of Corann that alternated between sweet water and salt in time with the ebb and flow of the tide.

It was first shired as part of the new County Sligo by the English Lord Deputy Sir Henry Sidney in 1564.

Battles[edit]

971 - The battle of Ceis-Corainn between Murchadh Ua Flaithbheartach, i.e. Glun-Illar, King of Aileach, and Cathal, son of Tadhg [an Tuir], King of Connaught, wherein fell Cathal himself.

1024- The battle of Ath-na-croise in Corann, between Ua Maeldoraidh and Ua Ruairc, where Ua Ruairc was defeated, and his people slaughtered, i.e. twenty hundred of them were slain, together with Ruarc, grandson of Diarmaid, Tanist of Breifne. Of him was said:

"In the battle of Ath-na-croise, men looked without pity, Corann was filled with carcasses; the Conalls had its glory."

Another battle was fought between them, in which the men of Breifne were defeated, and the son of Tighearnan slain.[1]

M1047 - Niall Ua Ruairc was slain in Corann, by Ua Conchobhair.

1087 - A battle was fought between Ruaidhri Ua Conchobhair, King of Connaught, and Aedh, son of Art Ua Ruairc, lord of Conmhaicne and Breifne, at Conachail, in Corann, where Ua Ruairc was defeated and killed. There were also slain in this battle of Corann, by Ruaidhri, Muireadhach Mac Duibh, chief of Muintir-Eolais; the son of Godfrey Ua Siridein; the son of Cusleibhe O'Fearghail; and distinguished men of the Conmhaicni, both noble and plebeian. In com-memoration of this battle was said:

Seven years and eighty full, And a thousand, fair, complete, Since Christ was born without a stain, Till the battle of Conachail in Corann.

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