Cathassach mac Máele Cáich

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Cathassach mac Máele Cáich (died 682) or Cathassach mac Máele Dúin' was a Dal nAraide king of the Cruithne. He was the son of Máel Cáich mac Scannail (died 666), a previous king.[1] He ruled from 681-682.

In the 6th and 7th centuries the Dal nAraide were part of a confederation of Cruithne tribes in Ulaid (Ulster) and were the dominant members. Cathassach is styled King of the Cruithne in the annals.

British marauders were active around the turn of the 8th century. In 682 Cathassach fought with Britons at the Battle of Ráith Mór, east of Antrim, capital of the kingdom. Cathassach was slain as was another Cruithne king, Ultán son of Dícuill of the Latharnae (Larne, County Antrim).[2]

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  1. ^ Gearoid Mac Niocaill, Ireland before the Vikings, Gill & MacMillan (1972), pg.138, ISBN 0-7171-0558-X
  2. ^ Annals of Ulster at CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts at University College Cork

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