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Níall Noígíallachlocked

(d. c. 452)
  • Fergus Kelly

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Níall Noígíallach (d.c. 452), high-king of Ireland, was the son of Eochu Muigmedón, said to have been king of Tara and therefore the high-king of Ireland (Érenn). Although many of the stories associated with Níall are obviously apocryphal, there is a consensus among scholars that he was a genuine historical figure who lived in the fifth century. These stories were mainly intended to justify his descendants' monopoly of the high-kingship at the expense of the ...

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