Suibne mac Colmáin

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Suibne mac Colmáin (died 600) was a King of Uisnech in Mide of the Clann Cholmáin. He was the son of Colmán Már mac Diarmato (died 555/558), also King of Uisnech.[1] He ruled Uisnech from 587 to 600.[2]

The Marianus Scotus king list names Suibne mac Colmáin as High King of Ireland.[3] He may also be the Suibne referred to in the Baile Chuind (The Ecstasy of Conn)[4] The annals and other king lists do not give him this title, however. He was slain in 600 at Brí Dam on the Suaine (near modern Geashill, County Offaly)[5][6] by his uncle, the high king Áed Sláine mac Diarmato (died 604) of the Síl nÁedo Sláine, treacherously according to the Life of St. Columba by Adomnán.[7]

Suibne's sons Conall Guthbinn mac Suibni (died 635) and Máel Dóid mac Suibni (died 653) were also kings of Uisnech. His daughter Uasal ingen Suibni (died 643) married Fáelán mac Colmáin (died 666?), King of Leinster from the Uí Dúnlainge.


  1. ^ Byrne, Table 3; Charles-Edwards, Appendix III; Mac Niocaill, pg.80
  2. ^ the Laud Synchronisms and Book of Leinster give him a reign of 18 years
  3. ^ Charles-Edwards, pg.486
  4. ^ Charles-Edwards, pg.493
  5. ^ Onomasticon Goedelicum, B, b. (bri) dam, near Geashill
  6. ^ Onomasticon Goedelicum, S, suane, a r. on which was Bri Dam, v. Bri Dam, near Geashill
  7. ^ Annals of Ulster AU 600.2; Annals of Tigernach AT 598.3

See also[edit]


  • Annals of Tigernach at CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts at University College Cork
  • Annals of Ulster at *CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts at University College Cork
  • Charles-Edwards, T. M. (2000), Early Christian Ireland, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-36395-0
  • Byrne, Francis John (2001), Irish Kings and High-Kings, Dublin: Four Courts Press, ISBN 978-1-85182-196-9
  • Mac Niocaill, Gearoid (1972), Ireland before the Vikings, Dublin: Gill and Macmillan
  • Book of Leinster,Rig Uisnig at CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts at University College Cork
  • Laud Synchronisms at CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts at University College Cork
  • Hogan, SJ, Edmund (1910), Onomasticon Goedelicum, Documents of Ireland, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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