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NIALL MOR, Niall of the Nine Hostages

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NIALL MOR. NIALL of the Nine Hostages. [see CHART A6] “Great,” Noigillach, Ard-rí na h'Éireann Niall Noígiallach mac Echach Uí Éremóin). King of Ireland and Tara. He was the ancestor of the Uí Neill, whose descendants were to dominate the Irish high kingship.
Ard-rí na h'Éireann Niall Noígiallach mac Echach Uí Éremóin also went by the name of Niall "of the Nine Hostages." Also called Niall Mor. He was called Niall Naoighiallach, i.e., Nial of the Nine Hostages, from the hostages taken from the nine several counties subdued and made tributary by him, viz., Munster, Leinster, Connacht, Ulster, the Britons, the Picts, the Saxons and the Morini, a people of Gaul towards Calais and Picardy.(S4).

He was the son of Ard-rí na h'Éireann Eochaid Mugmedón mac Muiredach Uí Éremóin and Cairenn Chasdubh of Britain. {S5,S6,S7}.

Son of Eochaidh Muigh Meadhoin and Cairenn Chasdubh. {S1}. The 4th and only son of Eochaidh by the second wife.(S4).

He was a stout, wise, and warlike prince, fortunate in all his conquests and achievements and therefore called "Great". {S4}.

He was described with these physical characteristics: hair as "yellow as the primrose."(S5).

He married (1) Indiu. He married Indíu ingen Lugdach Dál Fiatach, daughter of rí Uladh Lugaid Lorc mac Áengusa Dál Fiatach.(S8).

He married (2) Rioghnach. He married Rígnach ingen Meadaib, daughter of Meadaib mac Ros.(S9).

He married (3) Ine. He married Ine ingen Dubthaig, daughter of Dubthach mac Moindach.(S3).

126th Monarch of Ireland, between 379 and 405. The Annals of the Four Masters 379, says: The first year of Niall of the Nine Hostages, son of Eochaidh Muighmheadhoin, in the sovereignty of Ireland. / An céd-bhliadhain do Niall Naoighiallach, mac Eathach Moighmhedhoin, h-i righe n-Ereann. (S6).

He acceded to the throne in 445AD.(S1).

The Annals of the Four Masters dates his accession to 378AD and death to 405AD. (S11).

Ard-rí na h'Éireann Niall Noígiallach mac Echach Uí Éremóin was responsible for having captured the young boy, later to be St. Patrick, along with his 2 sisters during a raid along the coast of Britain.(S3).

Chronicon Scotorum 384: "Niall of the Nine Hostages reigned twenty-seven years."(S10).

In 453AD he was killed by an arrow on the banks of the Loire, France by Eochaidh, son of Enna Caennselaigh, King of Leinster, who ambushed him.(S1).

He died in 405AD. (S2,S11).

He died in 405AD in Gaul. Niall was killed by Eocha, Prince of Leinster while in Gaul (France) in a ford of the river Leon (now called Lianne) that spot is now called the Ford of Niall near Boulogue-sur-mer. (S3,S4).

He died in 405AD. After twenty-seven years of rule, he was slain by Eochaidh, son of Enna Ceinnseallach, at Muir nIcht, i.e. the sea between France and England.(S9).

Annals of the Four Masters 405: After Niall of the Nine Hostages, son of Eochaidh Muighmheadhoin, had been twenty seven years in the sovereignty of Ireland, he was slain by Eochaidh, son of Enna Ceinnseallach, at Muir nIcht, i.e. the sea between France and England. / Iar m-beith seacht m-bliadhna fichet 'na righ ós Erinn do Niall Naoighiallach mac Eathach Moighmhedhoin, do-rochair la h-Eochaidh, mac Enna Cendsealaigh, occ Muir n-Iocht .i. an mhuir edir Franc & Saxain." (S11). Chronicon Scotorum 411: "Niall of the Nine Hostages died, after being wounded by Eochaidh, son of Enna Cennsealach, at the Ictian Sea.(S11).

WIFE (1):
Indiu ingen Lugdach Dal Fiatach.
Daughter of rí Uladh Lugaid Lorc mac Áengusa Dál Fiatach.(S8).

CHILD of Ard-rí na h'Éireann Niall Noígiallach mac Echach Uí Éremóin and Indíu ingen Lugdach Dál Fiatach:


WIFE (2):
RIOGHNACH. (Rignach ingen Meadaib).
Daughter of Medabh.(S1).
daughter of Meadaib mac Ros.(S9).

CHILDREN of Ard-rí na h'Éireann Niall Noígiallach mac Echach Uí Éremóin and Rígnach ingen Meadaib:


WIFE (3):
Ine ingen Dubthaig.(S2).
daughter of Dubthach mac Moindach.(S3).

CHILD of Ard-rí na h'Éireann Niall Noígiallach mac Echach Uí Éremóin and Ine ingen Dubthaig:


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