Thanks Liz and Dennis,
So now we have
Losccadh longport Brīain bodeas
le cloinn Conaill go ccnes nglan,
ar nert cloidhem is scīath gil
do dīghail Tadg sin rē samh.
Brian's stronghold to the south was burned
by white-skinned Cenél Conaill,
by strength of swords and bright shields
Tadg avenged that before summer.
'descendants of Connall' seems unnecessarily unwieldy, 'Clann Connaill'
would do as well, but in fact these people are standardly referred to in the
literature today as 'Cenél Conaill'
It looks like the text is indulging in a brief flash-back here, and an
unhistorical one at that. In fact everything up to the end of this verse
seems to be entirely a product of the composer's imagination.
Be of good cheer, everyone, the remaining verses can be dealt with in two
more postings. We have one more verse to work on here, then comes a posting
of two more, and a final one of three, though we can break that down into
2+1 if wanted.
Thanks again for all the help,