Micheál Ó Catháin wrote-
"Some further checking would need to be done in the annals to see that there
wasn't another intervening abbot in Cluain Ioraird".
The following obits for Clonard abbots appear in the Annals around the 10th
century, with Annals of Ulster dates first and Annals of the Four Masters
926/924 Colman Mac Aillealla
932/930 Ferdomnach son of Flannacán
942/940 Mael Mochta
944/942 Mael Feichéne
954/952 Céilechair, son of Robhartach
973/971 Bécán, son of Lachtnan
993/992 Tuathal, son of Ruba
1015/1013 Flaithbertach, son of Domnall
BaBr §10 states "Then there will be the prophecier (cultivator?) of the two
Clúains, that is, Clúain Iráird and Clúain Mac Nóis before (for?) 83years.
He will be both of God and a man (he will be God’s and he will be man’s)."
"It will be certain that he will turn great into small, small into great.
That is a king of two regions." "That is a great mercy," said Bricín."
BaBr §53 states “Then there will be the golden head upon the pillar of iron
in Clúain Iráird, that is, a bright face upon a troublesome column for a
period of twenty-seven years (literally, nine years times three) with
wisdom, with chastity, with a monastic rule.” “God is merciful,” said
As Micheál pointed out, BaBr §10 could equally refer to either Colman Mac
Aillealla or Céilechair, son of Robhartach, who were both abbots of Clonard
and Clonmacnoise, ( I think Flaithbertach, son of Domnall, is just a little
too late for the text). If the period of twenty-seven years in BaBr §53
refers to the length of the abbot's rule then only one candidate can fit the
description, i.e. Colman Mac Aillealla. Furthermore the use of the word
"colomain" twice in the paragraph may be a play on his name "Colman". I
think therefore that BaBr §10 now refers to Céilechair, son of Robhartach.
I will post an update on the kennings shortly.