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Which takes its name from a people known as the Laigin, was, in the early medieval period, dominated by two dynasties, the Uí Dúnlainge and the Uí Chennselaig. By the time of the Anglo‐Norman invasion the latter, who had come to exercise overlordship of the Viking town of Dublin, were dominant, and were led by Dermot MacMurrough, who initiated the invasion in an effort to recover his kingship. Dermot's daughter married the leader of the invaders, Strongbow (Pembroke), who succeeded to Leinster after him, making it the heartland of the new Anglo‐Norman colony in Ireland, with Dublin as its capital.

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