Kings of connacht

The Kings of Connacht were rulers of the cóiced (variously translated as portion, fifth, province) of Connacht, which lies west of the River Shannon, Ireland. However, the name only became applied to it in the early medieval era, being named after The Connachta.

The old name for the province was Cóiced Ol nEchmacht (the fifth of the Ol nEchmacht). Ptolemy's map of c. 150 AD. does in fact list a people called the Nagnatae as living in the west of Ireland. Some are of the opinion that Ptolemy's Map of Ireland may be based on cartography carried out as much as five hundred years before his time.

The Connachta were a group of dynasties who claimed descent from the three eldest sons of Eochaid Mugmedon: Brion, Ailill and Fiachrae. They took their collective name from their alleged descent from Conn Cétchathach. Their younger brother, Niall Noigiallach was ancestor to the Uí Néill.

The following is a list of kings of Connacht from the fifth to fifteenth centuries. Biographical details will follow.

Pre-Historic Kings of Ol nEchmacht

  • Genann
  • Conrac Cas
  • Eochaid Feidlech
  • Eochaidh Allat
  • Tinni mac Conri
  • Medb, Queen of Connacht
  • Medb and Ailill mac Máta
  • Maine Aithreamhail mac Ailill Máta
  • Sanbh Sithcheann mac Ceat mac Magha
  • Cairbre mac Maine Aithreamhail
  • Eochaidh Fionn
  • Aodh mac Cu Odhar
  • Eochaidh mac Cairbre
  • Aonghus Fionn mac Domhnall
  • Cormac Ulfhada
  • Aonghus Feirt mac Aonghus Fionn
  • Connall Cruchain mac Aonghus Feirt
  • Fearadach mac Connal Cruchain
  • Forghus Fiansa
  • Forghus Fiansa and Art mac Conn
  • Ceidghin Cruchain mac Connall Cruchain
  • Aodh mac Eochaidh
  • Aodh Alainn mac Eochaidh Baicidh
  • Nia Mór mac Lughna
  • Lughaidh mac Lughna Fear Tri
  • Aodh Caomh mac Garadh Glundubh
  • Coinne mac Fear Tri
  • Muireadh Tireach mac Fiachra Sraibrintne
  • Eochaid Mugmedon
  • Niall Noigiallach/Niall of the Nine Hostages, died c.450/455.

Early historic kings

King Clan sept Reign
Amalgaid mac Fiachrae Uí Fiachrach 406–440
Nath Í mac Fiachrach Uí Fiachrach 440–445
Ailill Molt Uí Fiachrach 445–482
Dauí Tenga Uma Uí Briúin 482–500
Eógan Bél Uí Fiachrach 500–542
Ailill Inbanda Uí Fiachrach 542–549
Echu Tirmcharna mac Fergu Uí Briúin 549–556
Áed mac Echach Tirmcharna Uí Briúin 556–575
Uatu mac Áedo mac Echach Uí Briúin 575–600
Colmán mac Cobthaig Uí Fiachrach Aidhne 600–622
Rogallach mac Uatach Uí Briúin 622–649
Loingsech mac Colmáin Uí Fiachrach Aidhne 649–655
Guaire Aidne mac Colmáin Uí Fiachrach Aidhne 655–663
Cenn Fáelad mac Colgan Uí Briúin Seóla 663–682
Dúnchad Muirisci mac Tipraite Uí Fiachrach Muaidhe 682–683
Fergal Aidne mac Artgaile mac Guaire Uí Fiachrach Aidhne 683–696
Muiredach Muillethan mac Fergusso mac Rogallaig Uí Briúin Ai 696–702
Cellach mac Rogallach mac Uatach Uí Briúin 702–705
Indrechtach mac Dúnchado Muirisci Uí Fiachrach Muaidhe 705–707
Indrechtach mac Muiredaig Muillethan Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 707–723
Domnall mac Cellaig mac Rogallach Uí Briúin Síl Cellaig 723–728
Cathal mac Muiredaig Muillethan Uí Briúin Síl Cathail 728–735
Áed Balb mac Indrechtaig Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 735–742
Forggus mac Cellaig Uí Briúin Síl Cellaig 742–756
Ailill Medraige mac Indrechtaig mac Dúnchado Muirisci Uí Fiachrach Muaidhe 756–764
Dub-Indrecht mac Cathail Uí Briúin Síl Cathail 764–768
Donn Cothaid mac Cathail Uí Fiachrach Muaidhe 768–773
Flaithrí mac Domnaill Uí Briúin Síl Cellaig 773–777
Artgal mac Cathail Uí Briúin Síl Cathail 777–782
Tipraite mac Taidg Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 782–786
Cináed mac Artgail Uí Briúin Síl Cathail 786–792
Colla mac Fergusso Uí Briúin Síl Cellaig 792–796
Muirgius mac Tommaltaig Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 796–815
Diarmait mac Tommaltaig Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 815–833
Cathal mac Muirgiussa Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 833–839
Murchad mac Áedo Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 839–840
Fergus mac Fothaid Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 840–843
Finsnechta mac Tommaltaig Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 843–848
Mugron mac Máel Cothaid Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 848–872
Conchobar mac Taidg Mór Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 872–882
Áed mac Conchobair Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 882–888
Tadg mac Conchobair Uí Briúin Síl Muiredaig 888–900

High medieval era

Later kings

See also


  • Annals of the Four Masters, 1990 edition.
  • The Annals of Connacht, A. Martin Freeman, 1944.
  • Irish Kings and High Kings, Francis John Byrne, 1973.
  • Leabhar Mor Genealach, Dubhaltach MacFhirbhisigh, ed. O'Muralie, 2004.

External links

A Poem on the Kings of Connacht

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.