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Adomnán [St Adomnán] (627/8?–704), abbot of Iona and writer, who became known to history as the ninth abbot of Iona and the outstanding Irish churchman of his day, was born of the royal line of Cenél Conaill, a dynasty which formed part of the over-kingdom of the northern ...

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Áed Uaridnach mac Domnaill [Áed Allán mac Domnaill] (d. 612), high-king of Ireland, was the son of Domnall mac Muirchertaig; his mother is said to have been Bríg, daughter of Archa (or Orcha) mac Caírthind. A partner of Áed Uaridnach, the mother of his son ...

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Áed Sláine mac Diarmata (d. 604), joint high-king of Ireland, was the son of Diarmait mac Cerbaill (d. 565), high-king of Ireland, and of Mugain, daughter of Conchrad (or Conrí) mac Duach. His epithet means ‘of Slane’ (in Meath, on the River Boyne...

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Ailerán [Aileranus Sapiens] (d. 665), scholar, usually called ‘the Wise’ (Aileranus Sapiens), was a teacher in the monastery of Clonard, Meath, and wrote at least two works to assist students in interpreting the gospels. Apart from his being a monk and teacher in ...

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Báetán mac Cairill (d. 581), king of Ulster, son of Cairell mac Muiredaig (d. c.540), king of Ulster, was a member of Dál Fiatach, a dynasty in modern co. Down. He became king of Ulster after the death of his brother ...

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