- Síl nÁedo Sláine
Síl nÁedo Sláine is the name of the descendants of
Áed Sláine(Áed mac Diarmato), son of Diarmait mac Cerbaill. Part of the Southern Uí Néill—they were the kings of Brega—they claimed descent from Niall Noígiallachand his son Conall Cremthainne.
With the possible exception of
Óengus mac Colmáin, all Uí Néill kings descended from Diarmait mac Cerbaill belonged to the Síl nÁedo Sláine until the death of Cináed mac Írgalaigin 728. Thereafter the southern Uí Néill were dominated by Clann Cholmáin, or more precisely Clann Cholmáin Már, descended from Colmán Már. Only one member of the Síl nÁedo Sláine was High King of Irelandafter 728, Congalach Cnogba, and he was the grandson and nephew of Clann Cholmáin kings.
Áed Sláine left five sons, and from each of these was descended one or more branches of the kindred.
The descendants of
Congal mac Áedo Sláinewere the Uí Chonaing, named for Congal's son Conaing Cuirre. This branch ruled Knowth, the northern part of Brega. Its notable members included Cináed mac Írgalaig(High King; died 728), Cináed mac Conaing(died 851) and Congalach Cnogba (High King; died 956).
The other main branch was that of Áed's son Diarmait, which ruled southern Brega from its seat at
Loch Gabhair. This took the name Uí Chernaif from Diarmait's son Cernach. Its prominent members included Fogartach mac Néill(High King; died 724) and Conall mac Cernaig ( Conall Grant; died 718).
From Blathmac, whose sons
Sechnassachand Cenn Fáeladwere both High Kings, descended the Uí Chinn Fháelad. Of Dúnchad's descendants only his son Fínsnechta Fledachwas a significant figure. The Síl nDlúthaig took its name from a son of Ailill Cruitire, Dlúthach, but this was another minor group.
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