Muintir Murchada

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Early peoples and kingdoms of Ireland, c.800

Muintir Murchada was the name of an Irish territory which derived its name from the ruling dynasty, who were in turn a branchh of the Uí Briúin. The name was derived from Murchadh mac Maenach, King of Uí Briúin Seóla, who died 891.


They are first recorded as a lineage in 1061 and by 1238 the term denoted the territory. It came under the control of the Uí Briúin about the 11th century, its original rulers taking the surname Ó Flaithbheartaigh (O'Flaherty). They were expelled by the Ua Conchobhair Kings of Connacht to Iar Connacht where they are still to be found.

Muintir Murchada appears to have comprised the following parishes: Killursa, Kilkilvery, Killeany, Kilcoona, Cargin, Killower, Cummer. It also is though to have included parts of Belclare, Donaghpatrick, Corofin, Tuam, Kilbennan and Killererin.

Crichaireacht cinedach nduchasa Muintiri Murchada is a tract dating to the reign of its lord, Flaithbertaigh Ua Flaithbertaigh (died 1098), who ruled as King of Connacht from 1092-1098. It lists the main families and their estates within Muintir Murchada.

Kings of Maigh Seóla[edit]

Kings of Iar Connacht[edit]

Taoiseach of Iar Connacht[edit]

Ó Flaithbheartaigh Iarthair (the Western Ó Flaithbheartaigh)[edit]

Ó Flaithbheartaigh Oirthir (the Eastern Ó Flaithbheartaigh)[edit]

Annalistic references[edit]

From The Annals of the Four Masters:

  • M1417.5. Rory, the son of Murrough O'Flaherty; Rory, the son of Dermot Duv O'Flaherty, and sixteen others of the O'Flahertys, were drowned in the bay of Umallia.
  • M1422.5. Donnell Finn O'Flaherty was slain by the sons of Donnell O'Flaherty.
  • M1442.7. O'Flaherty, i.e. Gilladuv, the son of Brian, Lord of West Connaught died.
  • M1565.5. Murrough, the son of Donnell, son of Rory O'Flaherty, was drowned.

See also[edit]


  • Medieval Ireland: Territorial, Political and Economic Divisions, Paul MacCotter, Four Courts Press, 2008, pp. 140–141. ISBN 978-1-84682-098-4