Conall, King of Dal Riata

   K I N G    C O N A L L  of  DAL  RIATA

                son of Comgall St Gallen


King Conall of Dal Riata, only son of Comgall

 St Gallen, was defeated by the Scottish Picts in

 558 AD, and they carried away many spoils of

 victory. But King Conall was able to work it

 out with Scottish Druid King Brude

 MacMaelchon up near Inverness to give the

 Island of Iona to Columba.


The poets in Ireland are a favored group. But

 back in the 6th century, they abused their

 traveling bard status by freeloading and

 disturbing the peace with loud wild

 adulterous living.


King Hugh II called a judgment Convention in

 573 AD at Drumceat north of Tara to abolish

 all the poets and kick them out of Ireland.


When Columba, a good poet and musician

 himself, heard about this lynch mob, he

 decided he had to make an impassioned

speech at Drumceat to ask for reform, not

 abolition and forced removal of all the rowdy

 poets from merry Ireland.


Because he had been booted out for good

 himself and could never ‘see’ Ireland again,

Colm Cille Columba arranged for a large

 entourage including Aiden and 50 Bishops to

 go by boat to the green Isle, and blind-folded

 himself so as to not ‘see’ Ireland.


His speech while blind-folded did the trick –

 so he departed back to Iona Island, leaving his

 ex-roomate King Conall (studied in Delgon

 563 AD in Kintyre) to follow through with key

 reforms so as to avoid an abolition disaster.


This was accomplished at Drom-Keth in 590

 AD. The poets shaped up, no longer allowed

 to wander, forced to settle down in one place

 as the official local bard.

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