Person:Brian mac Cennétig (1)

Brian mac Cennétig _____
  1. Donnchad mac Briain _____Abt 990 - 1064
  1. Tadc mac Briain _____Abt 973 - 1023
  • HBrian mac Cennétig _____926 - 1014
  1. Donal mac BriainAbt 975 -
  2. Slani ingen Briain _____Abt 980 -
  3. Sabh ingen BriainAbt 985 - 1048
  4. Dub Essa ingen BriainAbt 990 - 1052
  5. Babhion (Be Binn) ingen BriainAbt 995 - 1073
  1. Murrough mac Brian951 - 1014
  2. Conchobar mac BrianAbt 955 -
  3. Flann mac BrianAbt 960 -
Facts and Events
Name Brian mac Cennétig _____
Alt Name Brian Bóru _____, Emperor of the Irish
Alt Name Brian Bóruma _____
Gender Male
Birth[1] 926 Kincora, Co. Munster, IrelandHouse of O'Brien
Marriage to Gormflaith ingen Murchada
Marriage to Echrad ingen ingen Carlus
Marriage to Unknown
Marriage to Dub Choblaig _____
Marriage to Mor ingen Flan O'Hyne
Death[1] 23 Apr 1014 Clontarf, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland Combatant of Clontarf
Burial[2] Ard Macha
Reference Number? Q272498?

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Brian Boru (; modern ; 23 April 1014) was an Irish king who ended the domination of the High Kingship of Ireland by the Uí Néill and probably ended Viking invasion/domination of Ireland. Brian built on the achievements of his father, Cennétig mac Lorcain, and especially his elder brother, Mathgamain. Brian first made himself king of Munster, then subjugated Leinster, eventually becoming High King of Ireland. He was the founder of the O'Brien dynasty, and is widely regarded as one of the most successful and unifying monarchs in medieval Ireland.

With a population of under 500,000 people, Ireland had over 150 kings, with greater or lesser domains. The Uí Néill king Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill, abandoned by his northern kinsmen of the Cenél nEógain and Cenél Conaill, acknowledged Brian as High King at Athlone in 1002. In the decade that followed, Brian campaigned against the northern Uí Néill, who refused to accept his claims, against Leinster, where resistance was frequent, and against the Norse-Gaelic Kingdom of Dublin. Brian was described in the Annals of Ulster as ardrí Gaidhel Erenn & Gall & Bretan, August iartair tuaiscirt Eorpa uile (High King of the Gaels of Ireland and the Norse foreigners and the Britons, Augustus of all north-western Europe), the only Irish king to receive that distinction in the annals.

Brian's hard-won authority was seriously challenged in 1013 when his ally Máel Sechnaill was attacked by the Cenél nEógain king Flaithbertach Ua Néill, with the Ulstermen as his allies. This was followed by further attacks on Máel Sechnaill by the Germanic Norsemen of Dublin under their Norse king Sigtrygg Silkbeard and the Leinstermen led by Máel Mórda mac Murchada. Brian campaigned against these enemies in 1013. In 1014, Brian's armies confronted the armies of Leinster and Dublin. The resulting Battle of Clontarf saw Brian killed, his army nonetheless victorious against the Leinstermen and Norsemen. The battle is widely lauded as a pivotal moment in Irish history, and is well known in popular memory.

Brian was well regarded by contemporary chroniclers. The Norse-Gaels and Scandinavians also produced works mentioning Brian, including Njal's Saga, the Orkneyinga Saga, and the now-lost Brian's Saga. Brian's war against Máel Mórda and Sigtrygg was to be inextricably connected with his complicated marital relations, in particular his marriage to Gormlaith, Máel Mórda's sister and Sigtrygg's mother, who had been in turn the wife of Amlaíb Cuarán, king of Dublin and York, then of Máel Sechnaill, and finally of Brian himself.

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  2. Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig, in Baldwin, Stewart, and Todd Farmerie. The Henry Project (King Henry II ): Ancestors of King Henry II.
  3.   Baldwin, Stewart. Llywelyn ap Iorwerth ancestor table. (GEN-MEDIEVAL/soc.genealogy.medieval)
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    of Dál Cais

  4.   BRIAN Boroma, son of CEINNÉITIG & his wife --- ([941]-killed in battle Clontarf 23 Apr 1014), in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.