Dairmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster

Male 1110 - 1171  (61 years)


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  • Born 1110  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Crowned 1126  [1
    He was crowned the King of Leinster 
    History 1162  [1
    Dairmait Mac Murchada was allied with Murtough MacLochlainn who was acknowledged as High King of Ireland in 1162. However, Murtough was overthrown in 1166 by Rory O'Connor and his Tiernan O'Rourke invaded Leinster, and Dairmait Mac Murchada fled to England in search of allies. King Henry II accepted Dairmait's allegiance, and gave him permission to recruit among his subjects for an expedition to Ireland. Dairmait struck a bargain with Richard FitzGilbert "Strongbow" deClare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, who invaded Ireland, married Dairmait's daughter Aoife, and became King of Leinster when Dairmait died in 1171. King Henry II, fearful that Strongbow would set up an independent kingdom, came to Ireland to assert his authority over the lands that had been occupied. The King granted Leinster to Strongbow, Meath to Hugh de Lacy; and most of the Irish Kings quickly recognised Henry as their overlord. The Norse towns were of vital military and economic importance. King Henry annexed Dublin, Wexford, Waterford, Cork and Limerick; and left garrisons in all of them. Thus, Dairmait Mac Murchada is remembered for having brought the English to Ireland and is generally held in low esteem in Irish History. 
    Died 1 May 1171  Ferns, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I5672  | Roy Line, Boudreau Line
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2019 

    Father Donnchad macMurchada, King of Leinster,   d. 1115, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Orlaith ingen O'Braenain 
    Family ID F4337  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mor ingen Muirchertaig O'Toole 
    Married Y  [2
    Children 
    +1. Aoife "Eva"MacMurrough, Countess of Ireland
     2. Urlachan
     3. Donall Kavanagh MacMurchada
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F4336  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1110 - Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 May 1171 - Ferns, County Wexford, Ireland Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S65] Web Site: Sewell Genealogy Site, (http://www3.sympatico.ca/robert.sewell/sitemapweb.html).

    2. [S278] Web Site: Directory of Royal Genealogical Data, (web: http://www3.dcs.hull.ac.uk/public/genealogy/royal/catalog.html).



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