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Customs and beliefs of the Uí Maine


The Uí Maine tribe believed that there province "was to be their patrimonial country forever. And the 3rd part of every treasure found hidden or buried in the depths of the earth is to be given to these tribes." The Maine Mor of Uί Maine was given rewards and treasures such as:



A portion of all ‘strongholds and seaport towns in the province’



A portion of all prizes and wrecks of the sea. This included any wines or goods that had been washed to shore from shipwrecks, etc It also included whales and fish which became to be known as ‘royal fish’ and were given to only the kings and queens



Hidden treasures found underground, all silver and gold mines and other metals



They were given a third of any revenues received by the king of Connacht of any other provinces where wrong had been done



The revenue (or eric) of killing a person was considered very large and in one document recorded was states as being ‘168 cows’



Along with the privileges that Kings and queens of Uí Maine received, the tribes that fought for Uí Maine were also given privileges and rights:



Any member of a tribe was given a choice to go to battle in Spring or Autumn. Most members that chose not to attend battle spent time maintaining their crops.



Hy Many tribe also believed that "no man of the province is to be taken as witness against these tribes, but another Hy Manian is to bear witness."



If the King of Connacht didn’t pull out or end a battle in 6 weeks or less when fighting in Ulster or Leinster, any member was allowed to return home.



"However great may be the accusation brought against them by dishonest people, only one man or one witness is required to dent it or prove it against the other party."



Hy Manians that were baptized were to be baptized by the Comharba of St. Bridget. If parents chose not to baptize their children at St. Bridget's because they lived too far away they were required to pay the Comharba a penny.



Hy Manians were required to pay a ‘sgreaball ongtha’ to the Comharba to prepare for death during an illness. This fee was said to be 3 Irish pennies.