Máel Sechnaill I

(c. 792—862) high-king of Ireland

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(d. 862), king of Mide, belonged to the Clann Cholmáin branch of the southern Uí Néill and succeeded to the kingship in 846. Having enforced his authority in territories close to home, he turned his attention further afield and succeeded in taking the hostages of Munster in 858. Áed Finnlíath of the northern Uí Néill challenged his supremacy. Nevertheless, on his death in 862 he had considerable clain to the title ‘king of Ireland’ (see high kingship) which the annalists accorded him.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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