Hardiman's History of Galway

Chapter 3: From the Anglo-Norman Invasion to the year 1484

First hostile incursion of the Invaders into Connaught, and their defeat (1178)

Chapter 3

From the Anglo-Norman Invasion to the year 1484

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In the year 1178, the English, first set a hostile foot in Connaught. Murrough, one of Roderic's sons, having received, or probably pretending to have received some, supposed injury, privately dispatched messengers to Milo de Cogan,s who then lay in Dublin inviting him to march into Connaught, with a sufficient force, and promising, that he would be ready to assist him: holding forth, at the same time, great prospects of plunder. Milo, who only wanted the invitation, immediately set out, with upwards of 500 men, and soon arrived in Connaught; but having met there with a reception far different from what he expected, he was obliged to make a shameful retreat, with considerable loss. The traitor Murrough, was deservedly sentenced to lose his eyes, and suffer perpetual imprisonment; but having been soon afterwards liberated, he became the guilty cause of the most lamentable dissensions.

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