no image

Donnell Mór Mac Turlough O'Brien (abt. 1137 - 1194)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Donnell Mór Mac Turlough (Domnall) O'Brien aka of Munster
Born about in Connacht, Irelandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Limerick, Irelandmap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Apr 2011
This page has been accessed 1,724 times.

Biography

Domnall Mór Ua Briain, or Domnall Mór mac Toirrdelbaig Uí Briain, was King of Thomond in Ireland from 1168 to 1194; he was the third son of Toirrelbach Turlough Macdiarmata O'Brien King of Munster, succeeding following the death of his eldest brother, Muirchertach.

Domnall Mór Ua Briain was also styled King of Limerick, and claimed the title King of Munster.

He spent most of his adult life fighting against the incursions of Norman invaders. In 1171, he submitted to King Henry II of England at Cashel, but he continued to fight successfully against the Norman incursion into south-west Ireland for many years.

In 1175, having demolished the Cambro-Normans at the Battle of Thurles, he consolidated his power by blinding two of his cousins, Dermot mac Taig Ua Briain and Mathgamain mac Toirdhelbeach Ua Briain, in Limerick.

He was, driven from Thomond by Ua Conchobair, the High King, the same year.

In 1176, he drove the Normans from Limerick.

In 1184, some of his territory was enfeoffed to Philip Braose, Lord Deputy of Ireland in exchange for an understanding that his position as ruler of Thomond would be respected by the Normans.

Supported by Robert FitzStephen and Miles de Cogan, Philip de Braose set out to take possession of Limerick, but turned back when faced with Irish resistance.

In 1185 when Prince John of England intervened in Ireland, Domnall Mór demolished the Normans again when John was plundering along the valley of the River Suir.

In 1188, he helped the men of Connacht under Conchobar Maenmaige Ua Conchobhair to overcome Jean de Courcy in the Curlew Mountains.

In Tipperary, he established a Cistercian Monastery in Thurles, now known as Holy Cross Abbey; and the Cistercian abbey of Kilcooly.

He died in 1194 [1]

He is buried in the apse of St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick; his tomb now covered with a carved sepulchre stone near the church's main altar. According to tradition Donal O'Brien, the King of Thomond, founded the Cathedral of St. Mary on the site of his palace on King's Island, Limerick, the palace itself having been built on the site of an earlier church built at the center of the old Norse settlement in Limerick [2]

He married Urlachan MacMorrough, the daughter of Dermot MacMorrough, King of Leinster.
children -
Muirchertach Finn - King of Thomond
Conchobar Ruadh - King of Thomond
Domnall O'Brien (Donnchadh Cairprech) King of Thomond
an Unknown daughter, who married William de Burgh

Source

  1. Domnall Ua Briain (son of Toirrdhealbach, that is, king of Munster) died. Celt : The Annuls of Ulster U1194.1 Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition
  2. St Mary's Churches : St Mary's Cathedral

Acknowledgements

  • WikiTree profile O Brien-566 created through the import of Rhodes 2011_2011-07-09_01_01.ged on Jul 9, 2011 by Tom Rhodes.
  • WikiTree profile O Brien-568 created through the import of Rhodes 2011_2011-07-09_01_01.ged on Jul 9, 2011 by Tom Rhodes.
  • WikiTree profile O'brien-667 created through the import of O'Bryan Family tree.ged on Sep 6, 2011 by Tim Tropeck.
  • WikiTree profile O'brien-666 created through the import of O'Bryan Family tree.ged on Sep 6, 2011 by Tim Tropeck.
  • This person was created through the import of Sheppard_Duncan_Bickham_Stroud.ged on 01 February 2011.
  • This person was created through the import of Acrossthepond.ged on 21 February 2011.
  • This person was created through the import of GerwingLoueyFamilyTree2009_2011-04-27.ged on 28 April 2011.




More Genealogy Tools



Sponsored Search




Sponsored Search by Ancestry.com

DNA
No known carriers of Domnall's Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA have taken yDNA or mtDNA tests.

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.



Collaboration

On 25 Feb 2016 at 12:58 GMT Gene Adkins Jr. wrote:

O'Brien-362 and Munster-27 appear to represent the same person because: same name, same spouse, same parents, same death date, same location




Domnall is 35 degrees from Alexandre Dumas, 27 degrees from Richard Shelley and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

O  >  O'Brien  >  Donnell Mór Mac Turlough O'Brien

Categories: Irish History, Kingdom of Thomond