Énna Airgdech

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Énna Airgdech ("rich in silver",[1] also spelled Airgthech, Airgtheach), son of Eochu Mumu, was, according to medieval Irish legend and historical tradition, a High King of Ireland. He came to power after killing the previous incumbent and his father's killer, Óengus Olmucaid, in the battle of Carman. He is said to have made silver shields for his nobles in Argatros. He reigned for twenty-seven or twenty-eight years, before being killed by Óengus' grandson Rothechtaid mac Main in the battle of Raigne.[2] The chronology of Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Éirinn dates his reign to 1032–1005 BC,[3] that of the Annals of the Four Masters to 1537–1533 BC.[4]

Preceded by
Óengus Olmucaid
High King of Ireland
AFM 1410–1383 BC
FFE 1032–1005 BC
Succeeded by
Rothechtaid mac Main


  1. ^ Dictionary of the Irish Language, Compact Edition, Royal Irish Academy, 1990, p. 26
  2. ^ R. A. Stewart Macalister (ed. & trans.), Lebor Gabála Érenn: The Book of the Taking of Ireland Part V, Irish Texts Society, 1956, pp. 229
  3. ^ Geoffrey Keating, Foras Feasa ar Éirinn 1.26
  4. ^ Annals of the Four Masters M3790-3817