The Four Masters also often recorded very unusul events which sometimes ocurred, just as if they were the early modern equivalent of a Gaelic Irish newspaper or newsletter. For example for their entry for the year 1526 AD the annalists record that Godfrey O'Cahan 'heir to the lordship of his own country set out upon a predatory incursion into Glenconkeine, in the month of January'. Glenconkeine was a forested fastness in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains in the Gaelic lordship of Tyrone and was the home of the O'Henry family. However, rather than descending on the unsuspecting O'Henrys, Godfrey O'Cahan 'perished in consequence of the intense cold, nor was there a word heard about him until the end of the following Lent, when his body was discovered'. This annalistic entry shows that unusually cold weather has not been confined to recent times in Ireland. The Four Masters also record that the noble Henry O'Neill of Braid near Omagh also died in Godfrey O'Cahan's raiding party and indeed this record in the annals gives something of a hint of the concern and amazement that must have been felt in the O'Cahan territory that an important noble and his entire band of warriors could simply march into the Sperrin mountains and disappear without a trace, not to be discovered until the snow melted months later.
Another entry in the Four Masters for the sixteenth century records quite a similar occurance in the neighbouring lordship of Tír Chonaill. This time in the year 1517, the annals record that a distinguished nobleman Donough O'Boyle ' set out with the crew of a boat for Tory; but a wind drove them westwards through the sea, and no tidings of them was ever since heard'. Here the annals capture the essence of a tragedy in Donegal where people were probably watching from the mainland as O'Boyle and his crew were blown west into the Atlantic on what should have been a routine trip to Tory Island.
It is unusual entries like these which make the Annals of the Four Masters such a wonderful source. Also with a bit of luck and hard work the Four Masters can also be very helpful for genealogical research. Entries in these annals can add detail to figures listed in many of the Gaelic genealogical collections which exist for this period and can also locate families in medieval and early modern times. As such the Annals of the Four Masters can be of great assistance to the modern genealogist.