#OTD in 1110 – Birth of Diarmaid Mac Murchada, King of Leinster, best remembered for bringing the Anglo-Normans to Ireland, and one of the most execrated names in Irish history.

In 1167, Diarmaid Mac Murchadha was deprived of his kingdom by the High King of Ireland – Ruaidri Ua Conchobair. The grounds for the dispossession were that Mac Murchada had, in 1152, abducted Derbforgaill, the wife of the King of Breifne, Tiernan O’Rourke. To recover his kingdom, Mac Murchada solicited help from King Henry II […]

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#OTD in 1171 – Diarmaid MacMurrough, king of Leinster, died in Ferns, Co Wexford.

Diarmaid Mac Murchadha, King of Leinster, is often considered to have been the most notorious traitor in Irish history. After succeeding to the throne of his father, Enna, in 1126, Diarmaid Mac Murchadha faced a number of rivals who disputed his claim to the kingship. He established his authority by killing or blinding seventeen rebel […]

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#OTD in 1110 – Birth of Diarmaid Mac Murchada, King of Leinster, best remembered for bringing the Anglo-Normans to Ireland, and one of the most execrated names in Irish history.

In 1167, Diarmaid Mac Murchadha was deprived of his kingdom by the High King of Ireland – Ruaidri Ua Conchobair. The grounds for the dispossession were that Mac Murchada had, in 1152, abducted Derbforgaill, the wife of the King of Breifne, Tiernan O’Rourke. To recover his kingdom, Mac Murchada solicited help from King Henry II […]

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#OTD in 1171 – Diarmaid MacMurrough, king of Leinster, dies in Ferns, Co Wexford.

Diarmaid Mac Murchadha, King of Leinster, is often considered to have been the most notorious traitor in Irish history. After succeeding to the throne of his father, Enna, in 1126, Diarmaid Mac Murchadha faced a number of rivals who disputed his claim to the kingship. He established his authority by killing or blinding seventeen rebel […]

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1171 – Diarmaid Mac Murchadha, King of Leinster, dies in Ferns, Co Wexford.

Diarmaid Mac Murchadha, King of Leinster, is often considered to have been the most notorious traitor in Irish history. After succeeding to the throne of his father, Enna, in 1126, Diarmaid Mac Murchadha faced a number of rivals who disputed his claim to the kingship. He established his authority by killing or blinding 17 rebel […]

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1171 – Diarmaid MacMurrough, King of Leinster, dies in Ferns, Co Wexford.

Strongbow is his (disputed) successor (MacMurrough’s remaining legitimate son, Connor, has been executed while a hostage of Rory O’Connor). Diarmait Mac Murchada (also known as Diarmait na nGall, “Dermot of the Foreigners”, “Daimait MacMorchada”) anglicised as Dermot MacMurrough was the King of Leinster, and is often considered to have been the most notorious traitor in […]

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1171 – Diarmaid MacMurrough, King of Leinster, dies in Ferns, Co. Wexford; Strongbow is his (disputed) successor (MacMurrough’s remaining legitimate son, Connor, has been executed while a hostage of Rory O’Connor).

Diarmait Mac Murchada (also known as Diarmait na nGall, “Dermot of the Foreigners”, “Daimait MacMorchada”), anglicised as Dermot MacMurrough was the King of Leinster, and is often considered to have been the most notorious traitor in Irish history. Ousted as King of Leinster, he invited King Henry II of England to assist him in regaining […]

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Today in Irish History – 1st May:

Beltane, Lá Bealtaine, the first day of Summer in modern Ireland was celebrated by the Celts, and is now also celebrated by Neopagans and Wiccans. 1169 – A small party of Normans arrives at Baginbun and establishes a bridgehead for further invasions. 1170 – Arrival of Normans in Co. Wexford. Arrival of Richard de Clare, […]

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1014 – The Dublin Norse and the king of Leinster, with Viking allies from overseas, are defeated by Brian Boru’s army at Clontarf.

Brian Ború (Middle Irish: Brian Bóruma, Irish: Brian Bóroimhe) Mac Cennétig (c. 941–23 April 1014), was born at Kincora, Killaloe, a town in the region of Tuadmumu (Thomond), the son of Cennetig (Cennedi) and Babhion or Bebinn. Members of the Dál gCais (or Dalcassians) tribe, the family had an ancient royal ancestry. The youngest of […]

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