Mael Ísu Ua Brolcháin

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Mael Ísu Ua Brolcháin, died 1086.

Mael Ísu Ua Brolcháin was a member of a high-class ecclesiastical family, based in what is now Donegal. Besides holding a number of benefices and wielding considerable political influence, he was the author of the poem To an Elderly Virgin. He died as a member of the religious community of Armagh in 1086, recorded as being the chief sage of Ireland.

His descendants bear the surname Ó Brolcháin, and in its anglicised form, Bradley.


  • pp. 48–50; 396, The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse, edited, with translations, by Thomas Kinsella, 1986.