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Aoife Eva MacMurchada, Princess of Leinster 
1141-1177 
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1. Aoife Eva MacMurchada, Princess of Leinster, daughter of Diarmait na-nGall MacMurchada, King of Leinster 1126 to 1171 and Mor Ingen Muirchertaig O'Toole , was born about 1141 in Leinster, Ireland, died in 1177 in Wales, about age 36, and was buried in Tintern Abbey, Chapel Hill, Monmouthshire, Wales.

Aífe (c. 1152-c. 1189), daughter of Diarmait Mac Murchada by Mór, daughter of Ua Tuathail, king of Uí Muiredaig. According to Gerald of Wales Diarmait, in 1166, offered Strongbow her hand in marriage, along with succession to the kingship of Leinster after his death. Their marriage was celebrated at Waterford on 23 August 1170. Aífe bore Strongbow a son, Gilbert, and a daughter, Isabella. Gilbert was still alive in 1185, but had died by 1189 when Isabella was married to William Marshal, who thereby succeeded to the lordship of Leinster.

Aoife married Richard "Strongbow" Fitzgilbert de Clare , son of Gilbert "Stongbow" Fitzgilbert de Clare and Isabel Elizabeth de Beaumont , on 28 Aug 1170 in Waterford, Ireland. Richard was born in 1130 in Tunbridge, Kent, England, died about 20 Apr 1176 in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales, about age 46, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland.

Children:

          i.   Isabel Fitzrichard de Clare, Countess of Pembroke & Strigoil (born in 1171 Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales - died on 14 Oct 1217 in Caversham Manor, Berkshire, England)



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2. Diarmait na-nGall MacMurchada, King of Leinster 1126 to 1171, son of Donnchad mac Murchada , King of Leinster 1098 to 1115 and Orlaith ingen O' Braenain , was born in 1100 in Leinster, Ireland and died on 1 May 1171 in Ferns, Leinster, Ireland, at age 71.

In 1166, the King of Leinster, Diarmait MacMurchada was forced to flee from Dublin and from his kingdom by an alliance of Irish enemies, including the new high King, Ruaidri Ua Conchobair. 'Awful the deed done in Ireland today', wrote the chronicler of Leinster, 'the expulsion overseas by the men of Ireland of Diarmait…'.

And awful were its consequences. For Diarmait landed in Bristol and asked for help from King Henry II to get his throne back. Now what happens when you ask the Godfather for a favour? He expects something, some day, done in return. And the Song of Dermot, made it clear, from the beginning what that something was:

To you I come to make my plaint, good sire In the presence of the barons of your empire. Your liege-man I shall become henceforth all the days of my life, On condition you be my helper so that I do not lose at all You I shall acknowledge as sire and lord… Then the King promised him, the powerful king of England That willingly would he help him as soon as he should be able.

Diarmait married Mor Ingen Muirchertaig O'Toole about 1140 in Lough Carmen, Wexford, Kingdom of Leinster, Ireland.

Children:

1         i.   Aoife Eva MacMurchada, Princess of Leinster (born about 1141 Leinster, Ireland - died in 1177 in Wales)


3. Mor Ingen Muirchertaig O'Toole, daughter of Muirchertach of Muiredaig O'Toole , King of Ui Muiredaig and Cacht Ingen Loigsig O' Morda , was born about 1114 in Leinster, Ireland and died in 1164 in Ferns, Leinster, Ireland, about age 50.

Mor married Diarmait na-nGall MacMurchada, King of Leinster 1126 to 1171 about 1140 in Lough Carmen, Wexford, Kingdom of Leinster, Ireland.



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4. Donnchad mac Murchada King of Leinster 1098 to 1115, son of Murchad mac Diarmata , King of Leinster 1052 to 1070 and Sadb Ingen mac Bricc , was born in Leinster, Ireland and died in 1115 in Dublin, Ireland.

Donnchad married Orlaith ingen O' Braenain .

Children:

2         i.   Diarmait na-nGall MacMurchada, King of Leinster 1126 to 1171 (born in 1100 Leinster, Ireland - died on 1 May 1171 in Ferns, Leinster, Ireland)


5. Orlaith ingen O' Braenain, daughter of Gilla Michil O' Braenain and Uchdelb O' Gairbita , was born in Leinster, Ireland and died in 1080.

Orlaith married Donnchad mac Murchada , King of Leinster 1098 to 1115 .


6. Muirchertach of Muiredaig O'Toole King of Ui Muiredaig, son of Gilla Comgaill O'Toole , Abbot of Glendalough and Sadb Ingen Maelmorda O' Domnail , was born in 1080 in Leinster, Ireland and died in 1164 in Leinster, Ireland, at age 84.

Muirchertach married Cacht Ingen Loigsig O' Morda .

Children:

3         i.   Mor Ingen Muirchertaig O'Toole (born about 1114 Leinster, Ireland - died in 1164 in Ferns, Leinster, Ireland)


7. Cacht Ingen Loigsig O' Morda, daughter of Loigsech Ua Morda , King of Loigsi and Gormlaith Ingen Finn O' Caellaide , of Osraige , was born about 1080 in Leinster, Ireland.

Cacht married Muirchertach of Muiredaig O'Toole , King of Ui Muiredaig .



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8. Murchad mac Diarmata King of Leinster 1052 to 1070, son of Dermait MacMail na mBo , King of Ireland & Leinster 1042 to 1072 and Dearbforgail O' Brien , was born in Leinster, Ireland and died on 21 Nov 1070 in Dublin, Leinster, Ireland.

Murchad married Sadb Ingen mac Bricc .

Children:

4         i.   Donnchad mac Murchada , King of Leinster 1098 to 1115 (born in Leinster, Ireland - died in 1115 in Dublin, Ireland)


9. Sadb Ingen mac Bricc, daughter of Muirchertach mac Bricc , King of Deisi Muman and Unknown , was born about 1050 in Munster Province, Ireland.

Sadb married Murchad mac Diarmata , King of Leinster 1052 to 1070 .


10. Gilla Michil O' Braenain, son of Echmarcach and Unknown , was born in Leinster, Ireland.

Gilla married Uchdelb O' Gairbita .

Children:

5         i.   Orlaith ingen O' Braenain (born in Leinster, Ireland - died in 1080)


11. Uchdelb O' Gairbita, daughter of Cearnachan O' Gairbita , King Ui Feilmeda and Unknown , was born in Leinster, Ireland.

Uchdelb married Gilla Michil O' Braenain .


12. Gilla Comgaill O'Toole Abbot of Glendalough, son of Gilla Coemgin O'Toole , King of Leinster and Unknown , was born about 1085 in Dublin, Leinster, Ireland and died in 1126 in Lough Carmen, Wexford, Kingdom of Leinster, Ireland, about age 41.

Gilla married Sadb Ingen Maelmorda O' Domnail .

Children:

6         i.   Muirchertach of Muiredaig O'Toole , King of Ui Muiredaig (born in 1080 Leinster, Ireland - died in 1164 in Leinster, Ireland)


13. Sadb Ingen Maelmorda O' Domnail, daughter of Mael Morda O' Domnail and Luanmaisi Ingen Ceile O' Nuallain , was born in Leinster, Ireland.

Sadb married Gilla Comgaill O'Toole , Abbot of Glendalough .


14. Loigsech Ua Morda King of Loigsi, son of Amargein Ua Morda , King of Loigsi and Gormflaith O' Néill , of Loigsi , was born in 1055 in Leinster, Ireland and died in 1149, at age 94.

Loigsech married Gormlaith Ingen Finn O' Caellaide , of Osraige .

Children:

7         i.   Cacht Ingen Loigsig O' Morda (born about 1080 Leinster, Ireland)


15. Gormlaith Ingen Finn O' Caellaide of Osraige, daughter of Finn O' Caellaide , King of Osraige and Unknown , was born in Leinster, Ireland.

Gormlaith married Loigsech Ua Morda , King of Loigsi .



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16. Dermait MacMail na mBo King of Ireland & Leinster 1042 to 1072, son of Donnchad Na Mbó mac Mael , King Ui Cheinnselaig and Aife Ingen Gilla Patraic , was born in 974 in Leinster, Ireland and died on 7 Feb 1072, at age 98.

Diarmait mac Máel na mBó became king of Leinster in 1042, the first of the Uí Chennselaig kings to hold the kingship since the 8th century. Despite much internecine warfare and occasional intrusions from outsiders, the Uí Chennselaig held the kingship of Leinster to the late 12th century, until the death of Diarmait Mac Murchada (d. 1171).

Dermait married Dearbforgail O' Brien .

Children:

8         i.   Murchad mac Diarmata , King of Leinster 1052 to 1070 (born in Leinster, Ireland - died on 21 Nov 1070 in Dublin, Leinster, Ireland)


17. Dearbforgail O' Brien, daughter of Donnchad O' Brien , King of Munster and Driella , of Wessex , was born in 1005 in Leinster, Ireland and died in 1080, at age 75.

Dearbforgail married Dermait MacMail na mBo , King of Ireland & Leinster 1042 to 1072 .


18. Muirchertach mac Bricc King of Deisi Muman, son of Mac Bricc Brecc Na , Munster of the Dessi and Unknown , was born in Munster Province, Ireland and died in 1051.

Children:

9         i.   Sadb Ingen mac Bricc (born about 1050 Munster Province, Ireland)


20. Echmarcach, son of Branán and Unknown , was born in Leinster, Ireland.

Children:

10        i.   Gilla Michil O' Braenain (born in Leinster, Ireland)


22. Cearnachan O' Gairbita King Ui Feilmeda was born in Leinster, Ireland.

Children:

11        i.   Uchdelb O' Gairbita (born in Leinster, Ireland)


24. Gilla Coemgin O'Toole King of Leinster, son of Gilla Comgaill O'Toole , King of Leinster and Unknown , was born in Leinster, Ireland.

Children:

12        i.   Gilla Comgaill O'Toole , Abbot of Glendalough (born about 1085 Dublin, Leinster, Ireland - died in 1126 in Lough Carmen, Wexford, Kingdom of Leinster, Ireland)


26. Mael Morda O' Domnail, son of Donnchad mac Domnaill Remair (O' Domnail) , King of Leinster and Cailleach Ingen Macfaelin , was born in Leinster, Ireland and died in 1090.

Mael married Luanmaisi Ingen Ceile O' Nuallain .

Children:

13        i.   Sadb Ingen Maelmorda O' Domnail (born in Leinster, Ireland)


27. Luanmaisi Ingen Ceile O' Nuallain, daughter of Cele O' Nuallain and Unknown , was born in Leinster, Ireland.

Luanmaisi married Mael Morda O' Domnail .


28. Amargein Ua Morda King of Loigsi, son of Faelen Ua Morda and Unknown , was born in 1025 in Leinster, Ireland.

Amargein married Gormflaith O' Néill , of Loigsi .

Children:

14        i.   Loigsech Ua Morda , King of Loigsi (born in 1055 Leinster, Ireland - died in 1149)

29. Gormflaith O' Néill of Loigsi was born in Leinster, Ireland.

Uí Néill claimed primacy amongst Irish kings (symbolized by the kingship of Tara), while ruling over much of the northern half of Ireland between the 7th century and the 11th. They are some of the most extensively documented early medieval European kings, but the evidence--in contrast to that for counterparts elsewhere--is primarily found in a myriad of short texts of unknown authorship and often dubious date. Allied to the lack of research on early Irish history, this means that we know relatively little about the dynasty. They identified themselves as descendants of Niall Noígiallach and ultimately of Conn Cétchathach. Early texts refer to the Uí Néill as Moccu Cuind or Dál Cuinn (descendants of Conn), and undated traditions identify Niall as brother of the forebears of the Connachta.

Their original homeland is unknown: the arguments of Eoin MacNeill and F. J. Byrne for Connacht, possibly Sligo, are now more widely accepted than those of T. R. O'Rahilly who believed they stemmed from Goidelic invaders of Meath. The extent of Uí Néill territories is first indicated in 7th-century sources, by which stage Lóegaire mac Néill (said to be a 5th-century figure) is claimed to have been king of Tara (see HIGH KINGSHIP), while his brothers Conall (Cremthainne) and Coirpre are associated with the area of Teltown, Co. Meath, Fíachu with Uisnech, Co. Westmeath, and Conall (Gulban) with Barnesmore Gap, Co. Donegal.

Later literary traditions state that three sons of Niall, Eógan, Conall Gulban, and Énna, conquered Donegal in the 5th century. Their descendants ( Cenél nEógain, Cená Conaill, Cenél nÉnnai) form the group known to modern historians as the northern Uí Néill.

More obscure sons of Niall, Coirpre, Maine, and Fíachu, are credited with conquering Westmeath and Longford from the Laigin in the 5th century, but the later rulers of the southern Uí Néill ( Síl nóedo Sláine in Meath, Clann Cholmáin in Westmeath) claimed descent from *Diarmait mac Cerbaill, a great-grandson of Niall through Conall Cremthainne. In ostensibly 6th-century annals, dated linguistically to the 9th, Diarmait is described as a king of Ireland who fought the northern Uí Néill at Cúl Dreimne (near Benbulben, Co. Sligo). This division between northern and southern Uí Néill mirrors developments from the 8th century and later, when Clann Cholmáin and Cenél nEógain each sought to dominate the high kingship.

The lack of detailed research on the Uí Néill has fostered the convention of depicting them as a unified force. In the annals, however, attention is focused more on infighting between the various branches than on concerted action. The evidence suggests the primary goal was for regional power; Cenél nEógain dynasts fought Ulaid, Cruthin, and Airgialla as well as the Cenéll Conaill before seeking the Tara kingship. Similarly, Síl nÉedo Sláine and Clann Cholmáin candidates had to gain victories over Laigin, Munster kingdoms and each other. Domination of all Uí Néill territory by a single ruler was rarely if ever achieved.

Byrne, F. J., Irish Kings and High-Kings ( 0973). CS

Gormflaith married Amargein Ua Morda , King of Loigsi .


30. Finn O' Caellaide King of Osraige was born in Leinster, Ireland.

Children:

15        i.   Gormlaith Ingen Finn O' Caellaide , of Osraige (born in Leinster, Ireland)


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