Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Conaillech

by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien)

© 2000-2007 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 08 April 2007

Descriptive Bynames: Conaillech




What we know as a set of Irish Annals are manuscripts that were each compiled during a particular time period, usually using older material as sources. For example, when the Annals of the Four Masters were written from 1632 to 1636, they covered events that occurred centuries and millenia before (including legendary history). So, when an entry in this set of annals refers to a person who lived in the year 738, the spelling used for that person's name is very likely not using the spelling that would have been used in 738.

Standard forms of this name (based on spelling systems of different periods) would be:

Frequency & Dates:

Number of men found in the annals with this name: 3
Found in Years: 904, 909, 1026, 1030, 1076

Research Notes:

Trying to identify the location and/or people being referenced by this byname:

Annals of Ulster, vol. 1 (U), entry U909.5:
Amalgaidh m. Congalaich, ridomna Bregh, & Indeirghi m. Mael Teimin, relegiosus laicus, decollati sunt o Conaillibh Muirteimni.

19th C translation:

Amalgaid son of Congalach, heir designate of Brega, and Innéirge son of Mael Teimin, a religious layman, were beheaded by the Conaille of Muirtheimne.

Annals of Ulster, vol. 1 (U), entry U937.4:

Crongilla m. Cuilennain, ri Conaille Muirtheimhne, dolore moritur.

19th C translation:

Cróngilla son of Cuilennán, king of Conaille of Muirtheimne, died of a sickness.
FM (vol. 1, p. 293, footnote "w") says:
Conaille-Muirtheimhne. - This tribe gave name to a territory comprising, at this period, the baronies of Ardee, Louth, and Upper Dundalk. Mag-Muirtheimhne was originally more extensive than the country of the Conaille since the settlement of the Cianachta in Meath.


Further information about the byname Conaillech, may be found in:

The Sources page lists the Annals referenced below. Information about secondary sources is included on that page as well.

Raw Data

In the table below, I have separated individuals with a blank line. That is, when there are multiple entries in the annals that refer to a single person, those entries are grouped together.

Within the list of entries refering to a single person, I have sorted the entries primarily by orthography when it is obvious that what I am seeing is the same entry showing up in multiple annals. The entries that tend to use older spellings are listed first.

NOTE: The Annals referenced below under the code letters A, B, C, E, & F tend to use later spellings than the other Annals. In some cases, the spellings listed in these Annals may not be appropriate for the year referenced in the Annal entry.

In some Gaelic scripts, there is a character that looks approximately like a lowercase f, but without the crossbar. This character (represented by an underscored , e, in the entries below) sometimes represents e and sometimes ea depending upon the context of the text.

[Standardized form of this man's name]
AnnalsEntryContextCitation (formatting preserved)
(d. ?)
CSCS909Colman Conaillech
BM904.7Colmán Conaillech
(d. 999)
BM999.2Diarmaitt, .i. Conaillech, fer leighinn Cluana Mic Nóis
(d. 1030)
CSCS1026RBresal Conaillech
BM1026.11RBresal Conailleach
UU1030.1RBresal Conaillech, comarba Ciarain ["Bresal of Conaille, successor of Ciarán"]
CSCS1030RBresal Conaillech do Conaillibh Muirtemne comarba Ciaráin ["Bresal Conaillech of the Conaille of Muirthemne, successor of Ciarán"]
BM1030.1RBreasal Conailleach, comharba Ciaráin
(d. 1076)
II1076.5Domnall Conaillech

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