> I presume that the poet (who could scarcely have been MacLiag, but
> was surely a poet of the late 14c court of Ui Maine) in producing long
> praise poems for his lord, found that their recital went down better if the
> various personages introduced were ones that the assemblage could recognize
> from other stories.
So "Sciath righ*" is 14th century production? I read in Eigse Vol. 4 issue 1 "In general conception it shows Norse or Anglo-Norman heraldic influence, and might well be referred to the period of the Irish rally about 1350 or later. This also is addressed to Mac Coisi, and we are to believe that the friends were journeying together to Dublin at the time of composition."
Now I left wondering about Domhnall mac Muireagain's associate in the poem with Teathba?
The Four Masters tells of another Domhnall mac Muireagain's associate with Teathba:
M962.13 The victory of Bealach was gained by Fearghal Ua Ruairc over the men of Tethbha, where Domhnall, son of Muireagan, was slain.
However I have not found the Four Master's source for this.
The Teathba pedigrees only contain one Muireagan, the grandson of Tadhgan. He does not appear within Annals, but his grandson Conaing death as Lord of Teathba is recorded in 1038, a generation after MacLiagg and Taghd Mor O Ceallaigh deaths?
> Where these poems could come in useful, is if you wanted to look
> at the complex of political affiliations of Ui Maine in around the 1390s,
> because I do presume that each and every one of the kinglets introduced in
> the group '*Sciath righ Gaela, glantar hi!*', '*Beannacht, a Bruin, ar
> Brigit*' and '*Leasg amleasg sin gu Atha Cliath*' must have been introduced
> for reasons of contemporary politics. I haven't tried investigating this
> further myself, nor have I any intention of doing so, but it would make a
> nice project for a student of Late Medieval Gaelic Ireland.
I am at loss for a Domhnall mac Muireagain in the 14th century world of Ui Maine. There is the 1320 date for the Registry of Clonmacnois, was said to have been transcribe by direction of Muirchertach O'Muiridhe. He is identified as Muireagain O Muireagain, Bishop of Clonmacnois, who died earlier in 1213. He was last mentioned descendant of the above Muireagan of Teathba pedigrees, however in 1378 Sinnach Mac Mearain (one of William Dalton men) appears in the Annals slaying Cuchocriche Og Mac Eochagain.