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Aileach

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[Ir., rock].

A great stone fort dating from perhaps early Christian times at Inishowen Head in north-east Co. Donegal, 5 miles W of [London]Derry, on the western entrance to Lough...

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Airgialla

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Meaning perhaps ‘the hostage‐givers’, is the name of a kingdom (or, more accurately, a federation of subkingdoms, independent of each other but conceding nominal suzerainty to an overking)...

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Brian Boru

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(d. 1014),

king of Munster, who after successfully establishing his dominance as high king was finally killed in battle against the Norse at Clontarf; he is seen as the type of an...

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Cairenn

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[cf. L Carina].

Secondary wife, captured slave, of Eochaid Mugmedón and mother of Niall Noígiallach [of the Nine Hostages] and thus an ancestress of the Uí Néill dynasty. Also...

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Cenél Conaill

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Were a dynasty within the Uí Néill, based in modern Co. Donegal. Often at odds with their Cenél nEógain cousins to the east, their other major enemy was the northern ...

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Cenél nEógain

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Were the most powerful grouping within the northern Uí Néill, claiming descent from Eógan, eldest son of Niall Noígiallach. The fertile lands of Inishowen, Co. Donegal, are named after them...

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Cenn Fáelad

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Seventh-century warrior and poet thought to have completed the writing of the Brehon Laws. Sometimes credited with the writing of Auraicept na nÉces [Scholar's Primer]. A member of the Uí...

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Clann Colmáin

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Were one of two major southern Uí Néill dynasties, based in Mide (centred on modern Co. Westmeath). Their eponym, Colmán Már, was reputedly a great‐great‐grandson of Niall Noígiallach. An...

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Cobthach Cóel Breg

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[Ir., the slender of Breg].

A leading figure in that portion of Irish legendary literature known as the Cycle of Kings. Cobthach seized power to become king of Tara by killing his...

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Conn Cétchathach

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(‘Conn of the Hundred Battles’; also Cétchorach, ‘of the hundred treaties’), was a mythical king from whom the Connachta, including the powerful Uí Néill, claimed descent. Irish tradition...

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