37. Moreover, it was for a peace conference (?) that Ailill mac Mata was
(there) for Ailill Find and to cure Fergus for him as though he were a
messenger and afterwards for peace toward him at the will of the lords of
38. The severely wounded warriors were carried out of the fort on litters so
that they were being tended by their own people. [LL/EG/LFF and they were
in a fort with Ailill mac Mata.]
39. Then the warriors attack them in order to destroy the fort and they could
not(do)anything to it.
40. A full week passed for them in that manner. Seven score warriors of the
nobles of Connacht fell attacking Ailill Find's fort.
41. “You have not come under a good omen to attack this fortress," said
Bricriu. [LL/EG/LFF said Ailill to Fergus.]"That's true for sure," said Ailill mac
Mata, "even though it be said.”[LL Bricriu speaks this line.]
42. “This expedition is bad for the honor of Ulster, the three champions of
them falling and that they do not get vengeance for it.”
43. “Each man of them was a pillar of battle. Not even one man fell by the
hand of any of them!"
44. "These three pillars are truly great, to be under the wisps of the men of
this fort." [LL/EG/LFF “under dogs and birds.”]
45. “It is a great laugh for one man to wound the three of you.” "Oh wow,"
said Bricriu, "indeed tis long the length of my buddy Fergus lying on the
ground, though just one man has laid him low."
46. With that, (the) great heroes of Ulster rise and they are stark naked.
47. And they undertake a strong ruthless attack with anger and great rage
and they carried the door frame against them [LL/EG door frame of the ringfort
before them] so that it was upon the middle of the ringfort/yard.
48. And (the) Connachtmen go together with them.
49. They storm the fort with difficulty because of (all) the warriors there.
50. A cruel merciless battle is fought between them and every one of them
starts to beat and strike each other.
51. Then after their exhaustion of battle and great violence the people of the
fort are overthrown.
52. And (the) Ulstermen slay seven hundred warriors there in the fort
including Ailill Find and including thirty sons of his sons, and including Amalgaid,
and including Núado.
53. and including Fíachaig Muinmetháin, and including Corpre Chrom, and
including Ailill mBrephne, and including three of Oengus Bodbgnai's, and
including three of Echthigiu Irruis's, and including seven of Bresléniu Ái’s and
including fifty Domnalls.
54. For Ailill had gathered the Gamanraidi and every one of the Domnandaig
who had undertaken to fight on his side in one spot because he knew that
the Ulster exiles and Ailill and Medb would come with their allies to get Fergus.
55. Because Fergus was under their protection.
56. This was the third group of warriors of Ireland, namely the Gamanrad from
Irrus Domnann, and (the other two were) the children of Déda (?) in Temair
Lúachra and the children of Rudraige in Emain Macha.
57. With the children of Rudraig, however, the two other families were
altogether extinguished. Then the Ulstermen rise up with Medb and Ailill's
followers and they destroyed the fort.
58. And they carry off Flidais with them from the fortress, and they bring the
womenfolk of the fortress into captivity.
59. And they carry away with them after that all the treasures and valuables
that were there. Including gold and silver and drinking horns and cups and
goblets and mugs and vats.
60. And they carry away what there was of clothing of every color.
61. And they take what there was of cattle there, i.e. a hundred milch cows.
& a hundred and forty of oxen. & thirty hundred (3,000) of small animals as
62. And because of that Flidais went with Fergus mac Róich on the
suggestion of Ailill and Medb in order that there would be help for them at the
Cattle Raid of Cualgne.
63. It is for that reason that Flidais would go every seventh day to the men
of Ireland to livestock (dairy produce) ? for their sustenance at the Táin.
64. That was the cattle of Flidais.
65. For that reason, Flidais went with Fergus to his territory of origin so that
he (she?) took the kingship of a portion of Ulster, that is Mag Murthemni up
until that part which belonged to Cú Chulainnn son of Sualtam.
66. Thereupon Flidais later died on Baile's Strand and Fergus's household was
none the better for it.
67. Because it was she who attended to Fergus in regard to every matter that
68. Then Fergus died after that in Connacht after his wife's death, that is,
after he had come to get news to Ailill and Medb.
69. Because it was to entertain his mind and to bring a provision of cattle from
Ailill and Medb that he went back to Crúachu.
70. And it is in the west, from that expedition, that he got his death from the
>jealousy of Ailill.
71. So that is the story Táin Bó Flidais above [LL/EG that is why Táin Bó
Flidais is in the introductory tales of the Táin Bó Cuailgne.] [LFFThe end.]