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.
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)
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.
Mor married Diarmait na-nGall MacMurchada, King of Leinster 1126 to 1171 about 1140 in Lough Carmen, Wexford, Kingdom of Leinster, Ireland.
Donnchad married Orlaith ingen O' Braenain .
Orlaith married Donnchad mac Murchada , King of Leinster 1098 to 1115 .
Muirchertach married Cacht Ingen Loigsig O' Morda .
Cacht married Muirchertach of Muiredaig O'Toole , King of Ui Muiredaig .
Murchad married Sadb Ingen mac Bricc .
Sadb married Murchad mac Diarmata , King of Leinster 1052 to 1070 .
Gilla married Uchdelb O' Gairbita .
Uchdelb married Gilla Michil O' Braenain .
Gilla married Sadb Ingen Maelmorda O' Domnail .
Sadb married Gilla Comgaill O'Toole , Abbot of Glendalough .
Loigsech married Gormlaith Ingen Finn O' Caellaide , of Osraige .
Gormlaith married Loigsech Ua Morda , King of Loigsi .
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 .
Dearbforgail married Dermait MacMail na mBo , King of Ireland & Leinster 1042 to 1072 .
Mael married Luanmaisi Ingen Ceile O' Nuallain .
27. Luanmaisi Ingen Ceile O' Nuallain, daughter of Cele O' Nuallain and Unknown , was born in Leinster, Ireland.
Luanmaisi married Mael Morda O' Domnail .
Amargein married Gormflaith O' Néill , of Loigsi .
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 .
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