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Örjan Martinsson

Legendary High Kings of Ireland

The traditional list of Irish high kings was compiled as late as c. 1634 and was intended for propaganda. With a mix of facts, myths and pure fantasies it was a long and glorious history of Ireland which stretched as far back as 2000 years before the birth of Christ.

 There were however two alternative chronologies of this list of regents that were created independent of each other at about the same time by men who used the same material for their work. Both chronologies are listed below. The dates in the left column come from the "Annals of the Four Masters" and the right column is from the Geoffrey Keating's Irish History (Foras Feasa ar Éirinn).

High Kings of the Fir Bolg

1934-1933 BC
1933-1931
1931-1927
1927-1922
1922-1917
1917-1911
1911-1907
1907-1897
Sláine
Rudraige
Gann & Genann
Sengann
Fiacha Cennfinnán
Rinnal
Fodbgen
Eochaid mac Eirc
1514-1513 BC
1513-1511
1511-1507
1507-1502
1502-1497
1497-1491
1491-1487
1487-1477

High Kings of the Tuatha Dé Danann
(these kings were Irish deities)
 
1897-1890
1890-1870
1870-1830
1830-1750
1750-1740
1740-1730
1730-1700
Bres
Nuada
Lug
Eochaid Ollathair
Delbáeth
Fiachna
MacCuill, MacCecht & MacGréine
1477-1470
1470-1447
1447-1407
1407-1337
1337-1327
1327-1317
1317-1287

Milesian High Kings
(Gaelic Celts, i.e. the forefathers of the present Irish people)
 
1700
1700-1684
1684-1681
1681
1681-1671
1671-1651
1651-1621
1621-1544
1544-1537
1537-1533
1533-1493
1493-1473
1473-1449
1449-1428
1428-1410
1410-1383
1383-1358
1358-1353
1353-1333
1333-1328
1328-1318
1318-1278
1278-1258
1257-1241
1241-1231
1231-1209
1209-1197
1197-1181
1181-1031
1031-1024
1024-1023
1023-1014
1014-1002
1002-962
962-953
953-952
952-930
930-910
910-904
904-894
894-893
893-881
881-872
872-856
856-844
844-839
844-839
839-832
832-812
812-806
806-796
796-785
785-778
778-748
748-738
738-731
731-724
724-717
717-710
710-703
703-696
696-689
689-682
682-675
675-661
668-654
654-634
634-594
594
594-592
592-542
542-523
523-506
506-499
499-481
481-474
474-463
463-443
443-418
418-414
414-396
396-385
385-326
326-320
320-313
313-293
293-289
289-219
219-210
210-199
199-184
184-169
169-159
159-143
143-131
131-116
116-111
111-110
110-40
40-33
33-9
9-8
8 f. Kr.-9 e Kr.
9-14
14-36
36-39
39-56
(9-14)
56-76
76-106
106-110
110-119
119-122
122-157
157-165
165-195
195-225
225-226
226-266
266-267
267-284
284-285
284-285
285-322
322-326
326-356
356-357
357-365
365-376
376-405
405-428
428-458
Eber Finn (co-ruler to Eremon)
Eremon
Muimne, Luigne & Laigne
Ir, Orba, Fearon & Ferga
Irial Fáith
Eithrial
Conmael
Tigernmas
Interregnum
Eochaid Étgudach
Cearmna Finn & Sobhairce
Eochaid Faebar Glas
Fiacha Labhrainne
Eochaid Mumho
Aengus Olmucada
Enna Airgtheach
Roitheachtaigh
Sedna
Fiacha Finscothach
Muineamhón
Faildeargdoid
Ollamh Fodhla
Finnachta
Slanoll
Gedhe Ollghothach
Fiacha Finnailches
Bearnghal
Ailill mac Slanuill
Sírna
Roitheachtaigh
Elim Oillfinshneachta
Giallchaidh
Art Imleach
Nuadat Finnfail
Breisrigh
Eochaid Apthach
Fionn mac Brátha
Sedna
Simeon Breac
Duach Finn
Muireadach Bolgrach
Enda Dearg
Lugaid Iardonn
Sirlám
Eochaid Uaircheas
Eochaid Fiadmuine
Conaing Begeaglach
Lugaid Lámdearg
Conaing Begeaglach (restored)
Art mac Lugdach
Fiacha Tolgrach
Ailill Finn
Eochaid mac Ailella
Airgeatmhar
Duach Ladhgrach
Lugaid Laigde
Áed Ruad
Díthorba
Cimbáeth
Áed Ruad (restored)
Díthorba (restored)
Cimbáeth (restored)
Áed Ruad (re-restored)
Díthorba (re-restored)
Cimbáeth (re-restored)
Macha (co-ruler to Cimbáeth)
Rechtaid Rígderg
Úgaine Mor
Badbchaid
Lóegaire Lorc
Cobthach Cóel Breg
Labraid Loingsech
Meilge Molbthach
Mog Corb
Aengus Ollamh
Irereo
Fer Corb
Connla Cáem
Ailill Caisfhiaclach
Adamair
Eochaid Ailtleathan
Fergus Fortamail
Aengus Tuirmech Temrach
Conall Collamrach
Nia Segamain
Enna Aignech
Crimthann Coscrach
Rudraige
Innatmar
Breasal Boidhiobhadh
Lugaid Luaigne
Congal Clairinech
Duach Dallta Dedad
Fachtna Fáthach
Eochaid Feidlech
Eochaid Airem
Ederscel
Nuada Necht
Conaire Mor
Interregnum
Lugaid Riab nDerg
Conchobar Abradruad
Crimthann Nia Náir
Cairbre Cinnchait
Feradach Finnfechtnach
Fiatach Finn
Fiacha Finnfolaidh
Cairbre Cinnchait
Éllim
Tuathal Teachtmhar
Mal
Fedlimid Rechtmar
Cathair Mor
Conn Cétchathach
Conaire
Art mac Cuinn
Lugaid mac Con
Fergus Dubdétach
Cormac mac Airt
Eochaid Gonnat
Cairbre Lifechair
Fothad Cairpthech
Fothad Airgthech
Fiacha Sraibhtine
Colla Uais
Muiredach Tirech
Cáelbad
Eochaid Mugmedon
Crimthann mac Fidaig
Niall Noigiallach
Dathí
Lóegaire mac Néill
1287-1286
1287-1272
1272-1269
1269
1269-1259
1259-1239
1239-1209
1209-1159

1159-1155
1155-1115
1115-1095
1095-1071
1071-1050
1050-1032
1032-1005
1005-980
980-975
975-955
955-950
950-943
943-913
913-895
895-880
880-863
863-833
833-831
831-815
814-794
794-787
787-786
786-777
777-755
755-735
735-726
726-725
725-705
705-685
685-679
679-674
674-670
670-658
658-649
649-633
633-621
621-616
621-616
616-609
609-599
599-593
593-586
586-577
577-570
570-547
547-537
537-530
530-509
509-488
488-468






468-461
461-441
441-411
411
411-409
409-379
379-369
369-362
362-355
355-337
337-330
330-319
319-315
315-290
290-285
285-274
274-262
262-232
232-226
226-219
219-191
191-184
184-154
154-151
151-140
140-135
135-120
120-110
110-94
94-82
82-70
70-64
64-63
63-33

33-13
13-12
12 f. Kr.-5 e. Kr.
(55-60)
5-25
25-28
28-55
55-60
60-80
80-100
100-104
104-113
113-116
116-136
136-143
143-173
173-203
203-204
204-244
244-245
245-272
272-273
272-273
273-306
306-310
310-343
343-344
344-351
351-368
368-395
395-418
418-448

Niall Noigiallach whose rule is dated to 376-405 in the list above was a historic person in the first half of the fifth century and is believed to have died c. 450-455. With him the list of high kings is becoming more believable. Read about the historic high kings on this page.