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Encyclopedia > Uí Néill

The Uí Néill (Irish for "grandsons (descendants) of Niall") were an Irish dynasty who claimed descent from Niall Noigiallach (Niall of the Nine Hostages), a semi-historical High King of Ireland who died about 405. A dynasty is a family or extended family which retains political power across generations, or more generally, any organization which extends dominance in its field even as its particular members change. ... Niall of the Nine Hostages (Irish: Niall Noigíallach) was a High King of Ireland who was active early-to-mid 5th century, dying - according to the latest estimates - around 450/455. ... The office of High King of Ireland (Irish: Ard Rí Érenn) was in origin a pseudohistorial construct of the eighth century that placed a king of all Ireland atop the fragmented pyramid of kingship that actually existed at that time. ... Events Japanese court officially adopts the Chinese writing system (approximate date). ...


The first generation of the Uí Néill were his sons, eight in all:

Conall Gulban, son of Niall Noígiallach, was an Irish king founded the kingdom of Tír Chonaill in modern County Donegal in the 5th century. ... Eogan, son of Niall Noígiallach, was an Irish king founded the kingdom of Tír Eógan (modern County Tyrone) in the 5th century. ... Cairbre (Cairpre, Coirpre) is a popular medieval Irish name borne by several historical and mythological figures, including: Cairbre, son of Ogma, poet and satirist of the Tuatha Dé Danann Cairbre Nia Fer, legendary king of Tara Cairbre Cuanach, legendary Ulster warrior Cairbre Cinnchait, legendary 1st century usurper High King of... Lóegaire (Loeguire, Láegaire, Laoghaire, sometimes anglicised as Leary), son of Niall of the Nine Hostages. ... Maine of Tethba or Maine mac Néill, a supposed son of Niall Noigiallach. ...

Uí Néill Genealogy

 Conn Cétchathach | | Art mac Cuinn | | Cormac mac Airt | | Cairbre Lifechair | | Fiachu Sraibtine | | Muiredach Tirech | | Eochaid Mugmedon + Mongfind + Cairenn | | _________|_________ | | | | | | | | | Brion Fiachrae Ailill Niall (The Connachta) | __________________________|_______________________________________________________ | | | . | | | | | | | | . | | | | | Conall Gulban Endae Eogan . Coirpre Lóegaire Maine Conall Cremthainne Fiachu | . | | ________|________ | . | | | | Muirdeach . Cormac Caech Lughaid Fergus Cerrbel Ardgal | . | (d.507) | | . | | Muirchertach . Tuathal Diarmaid mac Ercae . Maelgarb mac Cearbhaill (d.536) . (d.544) (d.565) . (Northern Uí Néill) . (Southern Uí Néill) 

 
 

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