Eógan Mór, King of Munster

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Eoghan Mór mac Olliol Eoghanachta, King of Munster

Also Known As: "Eógan Mór mac Ailella"
Birthplace: Munster, Ireland
Death: Died in Battle In County Gallway
Immediate Family:

Son of Oilliol Olum mac Moga Nuadat Uí Éber and Sadhbh . ingen Cuinn
Husband of Muncha . ingen Dil o Crecraighe and Muncha ingen Dil.Crecraighe
Father of Dil the Crecraighe, a Druid and Fiachu Maolleathan, King of Munster
Brother of Cormac Cas mac Oilliol Olum, King of Munster; Cian Mor mac Oilliol; Dubmercon mac Oilliol; Lughaidh mac Oilliol; Eochaidh mac Oilliol and 1 other
Half brother of Lughaidh of Darin and Maccon of Darin

Occupation: King of Munster
Managed by: Bernard Raimond Assaf
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About Eógan Mór, King of Munster

Eoghan Mor son of Oilill Olum had

Fiacha Muilleathan (i.e. Fiacha of the Flat head) cohabited with Muncha . ingen Dil o Crecraighe


Excerpt From The Book of Munster

Written in 1703 Rev. Eugene O'Keeffe Parish priest and Poet of Doneraile, North Cork

Branching out of the Race of Eoghan, son of Oilill Olum. Here commences the genealogies and the branches of relationships of the family of eoghan Mor son of Oilill Olum - as set out here; and beside the other descendants of Oilill Olum.

Eoghan Mor son of Oilill Olum, had one son i.e., Fiacha Muilleathan (i.e. Fiacha of the Flat head). This son was conceived as follows: one night Eoghan went to the house of Dil of the Crecraighe tribe, before going to the battle of Magh Mucruimbe. Dil then lived at Carn Fhearadhaig in the territory of the Northern Deis. This Dil then had a marriageable beautiful daughter called Muncha. While they were drinking Dil, the Druid, asked Eoghan if he had a family. No, said Eoghan. "Sleep with my daughter tonight," said the druid "and you shall have a wonderful child."" Eoghan agreed with this and Dil went to his daughter and said, "Cohabit with Eoghan tonight and there shall be conceived a son and he shall be a king and his family and race shall be a royal one afterwards and Eoghan shall be slain in the forthcoming battle of Magh Muchraime.

Muncha lay with Eoghan that night, at the druid's directive. Eoghan went off in the morning along with his kinsmen to join forces with Art son of Conn (from Tara) and they went to the battle of Magh Muchruime. Afterwards the druid and his daughter Muncha went to Western Magh Femhin, for there was Eoghan's residence at Knockgraffon.

When the time came for the child to be born, the druid said, "Daughter, if it is today that you shall bear the child, he shall be a druid; but if he is not born until tomorrow, the child shall be king and his descendants shall be a royal race."

Muncha said: "My son shall not be born until tomorrow so that he shall be king. The daughter of Dil's then goes to the River Suir, to Ath Hisil on the Suir. There was a great flagstone in the middle of the ford there - she lay flat on the stone until daybreak on the following day.

It is time now, O daughter - said her father, "to bear the child." The wonderful talented youth was then born, in the middle of the flagstone that is Fiacha Muilleathan - father of all the eoghanachta (tribe of Owen). Noble was the youth then born - Fiacha Fer da Liach i.e., Fiacha the Man of two Sorrows; his father was slain the day after his conception, his mother on the day of his birth.

Eventually Fiacha Muilleathan, son of Eoghan Mor, assumed the kingship of the two Munsters and during his reign Cormac Ua Cuind, king of Ireland, came (from Tara) with a hosting into Munster, demanding tribute from the two provinces of Munster. Cormac besieged the Munstermen at Druim Damhaire (Knockloag); this king weilded great power, both by the vastness of his army and the power of his druids. Cormac had British druids weaving their spells against the Munstermen, so that by necromancy they had dried up all the wells and rivers of Munster, so that the people and their lands were in danger of death from the want of water.

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