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Brian Boru (941 – 1014) aka Brian Bóramha (aka Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig aka Brian Bóruma aka Brian Boriomhe) also known as the "Imperator Scottorum" or "Emperor of the Gaels", he is widely regarded as one of the most successful and unifying monarchs in medieval Ireland. He brought an end to the Uí Néill domination of the High Kingship of Ireland and, having first made himself King of Munster, went on to become High King of Ireland. He was slain at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. 

  • Brian's first marriage was to Mór, daughter of the King of Uí Fiachrach Aidne of Connacht.

  • He had at least 4 known wives

  • His most famous marriage to Gormlaith followed Brian's war against Máel Mórda (her sibling) and Sitric (her son). 

Brian Boru is the founder of the O'Brien dynasty in Ireland. His paternal family were descended from the Ui Tairdelbach branch of the Dal gCais (or Deis Tuisceart). 


Additional Information
Date of Birth 1st Jan 0941 (circa)
Date of Death 23rd Apr 1041
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Bé Binn inion Urchadh, daughter of Urchadh mac Murchadh (d. 945) the king of Maigh Seóla in west Connacht.
Father (First Name/s and Surname) Cennétig mac Lorcain
Townland born Kincora, Killaloe, Co. Clare (then the kingdom of Thomond). VIEW SOURCE
Names of Siblings Mathgamain (d.976) King of Munster
Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname) Mór, daughter of the King of Uí Fiachrach Aidne of Connacht | Echrad, daughter of Carlus mac Ailella, King of Uí Áeda Odba | Gormflaith, sister of Máel Mórda of Leinster | Dub Choblaig, d.1009 dau. of King Cathal mac Conchobar mac Taidg of Connacht
Names of Children By Mór: Murchad, Conchobar and Flann | By Echrad: Tadc | By Gormlaith: Donnchad | By Dub Choblaig (possibly) Domnall |
Names of Children Mother unknown: Sadb, Bé Binn, Sláine
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