Connla Cáem

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Connla Cáem ("the beautiful"), also known as Connla Cruaidchelgach ("bloody blade"), son of Irereo, was, according to medieval Irish legend and historical tradition, a High King of Ireland.


He came to power after he killed his predecessor, and his father's killer, Fer Corb, and ruled for four (or twenty) years, until he died in Tara, and was succeeded by his son Ailill Caisfiaclach. The Lebor Gabála Érenn synchronises his reign with that of Ptolemy IV Philopator of Egypt (221–205 BC).[1] The chronology of Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Éirinn dates his reign to 319–315 BC,[2] the Annals of the Four Masters to 463–443 BC.[3]

Preceded by
Fer Corb
High King of Ireland
LGE 3rd century BC
FFE 319–315 BC
AFM 463–443 BC
Succeeded by
Ailill Caisfiaclach

See also[edit]


  1. ^ R. A. Stewart Macalister (ed. & trans.), Lebor Gabála Érenn: The Book of the Taking of Ireland Part V, Irish Texts Society, 1956, p. 281-283
  2. ^ Geoffrey Keating, Foras Feasa ar Éirinn 1.30
  3. ^ Annals of the Four Masters M4737-4757