The Kings of Munster

Since the Advent of St. Patrick to Ireland, A.D. 432.

1. Æneas, the first Christian King of Munster.
2. Felim: his son.
3. Eocha: brother of Felim.
4. Crimthann: son of Eocha.
5. Fergus Scannal: his son.
6. Comghall.
7. Cormac: son of Alioll MacDaire Cearb; died in the reign of the 133rd Monarch.
8. Cairbre Crom: son of Crimthann.
9. Aodh (or Hugh) Ban (“ban:” Irish, white or fair).
10. Fingin: his son.
11. Garbith.
12. Amhalgaidh [Awly].
13. Felim: son of Tighernach; died in the reign of Aodh (or Aidus) the 140th Monarch.
14. Fingin: son of Aodh Dubh MacCrimthann.
15. Cathal (or Charles): son of Aodh Dubh.
16. Falbhe Flann: another son of Aodh Dubh.
17. Aodh Binnean; died in the reign of the 145th Monarch.
18. Cuan: son of Amhalgaidh.
19. Maonach: son of Fingin.
20. Cu-ceannmaghair: son of Cathal.
21. Colga: son of Failbhe Flann; was contemporary with Dermott and Blathmac, the 149th and 150th Monarchs.
22. Fionnghuin: son of Cu-Ceann-Chagar; contemporary with the 151st and 152nd Monarch.
23. Eadersceol: son of Maolumha; contemporary with the 153rd, 154th, and 155th Monarchs.
24. Cormac: son of Alioll; contemporary with the 156th Monarch.
25. Cathusach: son of Edersceol; contemporary with the 157th and 158th Monarchs.
26. Cathal: son of Fionnghuin; contemporary with Aodh (or Aidus) Ollann, the 160th Monarch.
27. Maoldun: son of Aodh Binnean.
28. Airtre: son of Cathal; in his time the Danes first came to Ireland.
29. Tuathal: his son.
30. Felim: son of Crimthann; died a Saint, A.D. 845.
31. Olchobhar: son of Ceneth, abbot of Imleach; was contemporary with the 167th Monarch.
32. Algenan: son of Dungal.
33. Maolghuala: his brother; was stoned to death by the Danes.
34. Maolfogartach: his son.
35. Ceannfaola: son of Mochtigern; contemporary with Aodh Finnliath, the 168th Monarch.
36. Doncha: son of Dubhdabharen; contemporary with the 169th Monarch.
37. Dubhlachtach: son of Maolghuala.
38. Fionnghuin (Fingin): his son.
39. Cormac: son of Culenan (a quo Cullinan); known as “Cormac MacCulenan;” was king and bishop of Munster; reigned seven years; was contemporary with Flann Sionnach, the 169th Monarch, in war with whom he was slain A.D. 905.
40. Flahertach: son of Immanen.
41. Fingin, who was also called Lorcan.
42. Ceallachan Cashel; contemporary with the 171st Monarch.
43. Maolfoghartach: son of Doncha.
44. Dubhdavoren: a quo O’Davoran.
45. Fergraith: son of Algenan.
46. Maothan: son of Cineidh (or Kenneth); contemporary with Malachi the Second, the 174th Monarch.
47. Maolmorra MacBrain.
48. Brian Boromha [Bora], the 175th Monarch; reigned sixty-six years; was slain at the battle of Clontarf, A.D. 1014, in his 88th year of age.
49. Doncha: son of Brian Boru; was the 176th Monarch; died at Rome, A.D. 1074.
50. Dungal: son of Maolfoghartach.
51. Turlogh O’Brien, the 178th Monarch.
52. Murcha O’Brien, the 180th Monarch.
53. Donach MacCarthy, in Desmond; and
54. Conor O’Brien, in Thomond.
55. Dermot MacCarthy, in Desmond; and
56. Tiege O’Brien, in Thomond.
57. Dermot MacCarthy Mór, in Desmond; and
58. Donal Mór O’Brien, in Thomond.

Both of these two last-mentioned Kings (Nos. 57 and 58) of Munster submitted to King Henry the Second, of England, A.D. 1172.

The following Table gives the number of the Milesian Irish and Scotch Kings, and the average number of years that each King reigned, since the advent of St Patrick[1] to Ireland:

Name of Kingdom.

No. of Kings.

Average Reign (years).



















Scotland (down to Malcolm III.)



Ulster (or Ulidia)



The average reign of the foregoing kings illustrates the fact, that to have attained to the royal dignity in the turbulent times of the past did not conduce to ensure longevity.


[1] St. Patrick: “Saint Patrick first communicated to the Irish people the Roman Alphabet and Latin language, but the Irish had their own Celtic alphabet and a written language many centuries before the arrival of St. Patrick; though it has been absurdly asserted by some shallow antiquarians, that the Irish had no use of letters before his time.”— Connellan’s Four Masters.