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Uí Maine, often Anglicised as Hy Many, was one of the oldest and largest kingdoms located in Connacht, Ireland. Its territory of approximately 1,000 square miles (2,600 km2) encompassed all of what is now north, east and south County Galway, south and central County Roscommon, an area near County Clare, and at one stage had apparently subjugated land on the east bank of the Shannon, together with the parish of Lusmagh
in Offaly. There were two different Ui Maine, the Ui Maine of Tethbae
and the Uí Maine of Connacht; these tribes were separated by the Shannon River. The people of the kingdom were descendants of Máine Mór, who won the territory by warfare. Its sub-kingdoms, also known as lordships, included – among others – Tír Soghain, Corco Mogha, Delbhna Nuadat, Síol Anmchadha, and Máenmaige. These kingdoms were made up of offshoots of the Uí Maine
Uí Maine
dynasty, or subject peoples of different races. The Uí Maine
Uí Maine
are among the ancient Irish dynasties still represented today among the recognised Irish nobility and Chiefs of the Name, by the O'Kelly of Gallagh and Tycooly, Prince of Uí Maine
Uí Maine
and Count of the Holy Roman Empire. The Fox (O'Kearney) may represent the eastern Uí Maine
Uí Maine
of Tethbae.


1 Early times

1.1 Early leaders (in order)

2 Main families 3 Customs 4 Annalistic references 5 Members of Uí Maine
Uí Maine
Families 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early times[edit] Máine Mór is said to have established the kingdom around 357 AD, and ruled for fifty years. Before his arrival, the area had been occupied by the Fir Bolg, ruled by King Cian d'Fhearaibh Bolg. Early leaders (in order)[edit]

Name Years Ruled Death

Máine Mór 50 years natural death

Breasal mac Maine Mór son of Máine Mór

30 years natural death

Fiachra Finn son of Bresal

17 years slain by brother

Connall Cas Ciabhach son of Bresal

22 years slain

Dallán mac Breasal brother of Fiachra Finn

11 years mortally wounded then drowned

Duach mac Dallán son of Dallan

16 years slain by Maine Macamh

Lughaidh mac Dallán son of Dallan

14 years natural death

Feradhach mac Lughaidh son of Lughaidh

24 years slain by successor

Marcán 15 years slain with sword

Feradhach mac Lughaidh son of Feradhach

9 years slain by successor

Main families[edit] Descendant clans of the dynasty include the Ó Ceallaigh,[1] Ó Madadháin,[1] Ó Neachtain,[1] Ó Cnaimhín,[1] Ó Domhnalláin, Ó Maolalaidh,[1] Ó Fallamháin,[1] Customs[edit] An early 15th century text Nosa Uí Maine, states that they were given rewards and treasures such as:

A portion of all "strongholds and seaport towns in the province" A portion of all prizes and wrecks of the sea

This included any wines or goods that had been washed to shore from shipwrecks, etc. It also included whales and fish which became to be known as "royal fish" and were given to only the kings and queens

Hidden treasures found underground, all silver and gold mines and other metals They were given a third of any revenues received by the king of Connacht
of any other provinces where wrong had been done The revenue (or eric) of killing a person was considered very large and in one document recorded was states as being "168 cows"

Along with the privileges that Kings and queens of Uí Maine
Uí Maine
received, the clans that fought for Uí Maine
Uí Maine
were also given privileges and rights:

Any member of a clan was given a choice to go to battle in Spring or Autumn. Most members that chose not to attend battle spent time maintaining their crops. It was required that "no man of the province is to be taken as witness against these tribes, but another Hy Manian is to bear witness". If the King of Connacht
did not pull out or end a battle in 6 weeks or less when fighting in Ulster
or Leinster, any member was allowed to return home. "However great may be the accusation brought against them by dishonest people, only one man or one witness is required to dent it or prove it against the other party." Uí Mhaine were to be baptised by the Comharba of St. Bridget. If parents chose not to baptise their children at St. Bridget's because they lived too far away they were required to pay the Comharba a penny. Uí Mhaine were required to pay a "sgreaball ongtha" to the Comharba to prepare for death during an illness. This fee was said to be 3 Irish pennies.

Annalistic references[edit]

M918.11. A great slaughter was made of the Ui-Maine at Grian. M931.14. Domhnall, son of Gadhra, lord of Luighne, was slain.

Members of Uí Maine
Uí Maine

Thomas MacNevin Albéric O'Kelly de Galway William O'Kelly Nevin (Irish Republican and Personal Physician to Empress Maria Theresa of the Holy Roman Empire) Edward Kelley, also known as Edward Talbot (11 August 1555 – 1 November 1597), Tudor occultist and self-declared spirit medium who worked with John Dee. Gerald Lally-Tollendahl (Marquis de Lally-Tollendal, Prime Minister of Scotland under James I, Lord of Tollendahl)

See also[edit]

Kings of Uí Maine Leabhar Ua Maine Edward Kelley The Uí Maine
Uí Maine
were traditionally thought to be descended from Colla da Crioch, one of the Three Collas. Their original homeland was Oirghialla. DNA testing of descendants of Uilliam Buidhe Ó Cellaigh, however, speculates that the Uí Maine
Uí Maine
were not descended from the Three Collas.[2]


^ a b c d e f O'Donovan, John. The Hy Many. pp. 143–144.  ^ DNA of the Three Collas

External links[edit]

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlkik/ihm/uimaine.htm Annals of Ulster
at CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts at University College Cork Annals of Tigernach at CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts at University College Cork Revised edition of McCarthy's synchronisms at Trinity College Dublin. Irish Kings and High-Kings, Francis John Byrne, Dublin (1971;2003) Four Courts
Four Courts
Press, ISBN 978-1-85182-196-9 History of the O'Maddens of Hy-Many, Gerard Madden, 2004. ISBN 0-9529511-7-7. The Life, Legends and Legacy of Saint Kerrill: A Fifth-Century East Galway Evangelist by Joseph Mannion, 2004. ISBN 0-9547698-1-3 http://www.ucc.ie/celt/published/G105007/index.html

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MacClellan O'Heyne O'Cleary O'Shaughnessy O'Cahill MacKilkelly O'Dowd MacFirbis O'Cann O'Coyne O'Carney O'Towey (Tuffy) O'Gaughan O'Murray

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O'Melaghlin O'Molloy MacGeoghegan O'Higgin MacCary MacAuley

Clan Colla

McCarroll MacMahon McArdle Maguire MacManus McCaffrey MacDonald MacRory Darroch MacDonnell O'Mulrooney O'Monaghan O'Creehan O'Leighnin O'Heany O'Boylan O'Hanratty O'Hanlon O'Rogan O'Garvey O'Keelaghan (Callaghan) MacCann O'Curry O'Hennessy

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