Annals of the Four Masters

Annals Of The Four Masters

Annals of the Four Masters

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The Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland () or the Annals of the Four Masters (Annála na gCeithre Máistrí) are a chronicle of medieval Irish history. The entries span from the deluge, dated as 2,242 years after creation, in Corpus of Electronic Texts translation. to AD 1616., in Corpus of Electronic Texts translation.

Publication delay

Due to the criticisms of Tuileagna Ó Maol Chonaire, the text was not published in the lifetime of any of the participants.


The annals are mainly a compilation of earlier annals, although there is some original work. They were compiled between 1632 and 1636 in the Franciscan friary in Donegal Town. The entries for the 12th century and before are sourced from medieval annals of the community. The later entries come from the records of the Irish aristocracy (such as the Annals of Ulster), and the seventeenth-century entries are based on personal recollection and observation.

The chief compiler of the annals was Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, who was assisted by, among others, Cú Choigcríche Ó Cléirigh, Fearfeasa Ó Maol Chonaire and Peregrine Ó Duibhgeannain. Although only one of the authors, Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, was a Franciscan friar, they became known as 'The Four Friars' or in the original Irish, Na Ceithre Máistrí. The Anglicised version of this was "The Four Masters", the name that became associated with the annals themselves. The patron of the project was Fearghal Ó...
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