Finachtach-Fleadach’s distant cousins were the Coleman and Melaghlin Kings of Meath, who descended from Coleman M'or, a brother to his grandfather Aedh Slaine. They eventually succeeded to the monarchy. Finachtach was the ancestor of Moody [O'Maolmodha], thought to be of King's County [Offaly]. The O'Maolmuaidh were Princes of Ferceall, comprising the present baronies of Ballycowen, Ballyboy, and Eglish or "Fercall," in the King's County. The people were called "Ua Mail Muaid."
Arms: Moody: Azure a Chevron ermine between three pheons argent [silver/white]. A pheon is a spear head.
Finnachta Fleadhach from the Annals of the Four Masters:
Age of Christ 673. After Ceannfaeladh [152nd Mon], son of Blathmac [150th Mon], son of Diarmaid, had been four years in the sovereignty of Ireland, he was slain by Finnachta Fleadhach, in the battle of Aircealtair, at Tigh-Ua-Maine.
Note: There is a place in the country of the Ui-Maine in Connaught called Ait-tighe Ua Maine, now called Attymany, situated in the parish of Cloonkeen-Kerill, barony of Tiaquin, in county Galway. Ceannfaeladh was a Northern Hy-Niall, and Finachtach was a Southen Hy-Niall; both of the Race of Niall & Heremon.
Age of Christ 674. The first year of Finnachta Fleadhach, son of Dunchadh, in the sovereignty over Ireland. The destruction of Aileach Frigreinn, by Finnshneachta, son of Dunchadh.
Note: The royal fort of Aileach was sometimes called Aileach Frigreinn, from Frigreann, the architect who built it. This would be in north Ulster, east of Londonderry.
Age of Christ 675. The second year of Finnachta. A battle [was fought] between Finnsneachta and the Leinstermen, by the side of Loch-Gabhair; and the battle was gained over the Leinstermen.
Note: Loch-Gabhair. -- Now Loughgower, or Logore, near Sunhshaughlin, in the country of Meath. Date given as 676 in Annals of Ulster.
Age of Christ 677. The fourth year of Finachta. the battle of Tailltin [was gained] by Finshneachta Fleadhach over Becc Boirche.
Age of Christ 678. The fifth year of Finachta. Fianamhail, son of Maeltuile, King of Leinster, was mortally wounded by Foicseachan, [one] of his own people, at the instigation of FinshneachtaFleadhach. Cathal the son of Raghallach [King of Conacht] died.
The Age of Christ, 678 . The sixth year of Finshneachta. St. Ciar, virgin, daughter of Duibrea, died on the 5th of January.
The Age of Christ, 680 . The seventh year of Finachta. The battle of Rath-mor-Maighe-Line [was gained] over the Britons, wherein were slain Cathasach, son of Maelduin, chief of the Cruithni [Dal-Araidhe], and Ultan, son of Dicolla.
The Age of Christ, 681. The eighth year of Finachta. Duncadh Muirisce, son of Maeldubh, King of Connaught, was slain.
Note: Duncadh was Prince of Hy-Fiachrach-Muade; had been fostered in the territory of Muirisc, barony of Tireragh, Sligo.
The Age of Christ, 682. The ninth year of Finachta. Loch nEathach was turned into blood.
The Age of Christ, 683. The tenth year of Finachta. the devastation of Magh-Breagh, both churches and territories, by the Saxons, in the month of June precisely; and they carried off with them many hostages from every place which they left, throughout Magh-Breagh, together with many other spoils, and afterwards went to their ships. Congal, son of Guaire, died.
Note: Egfrid, King of the Northumbrians sent Berctus, his general, with an army to Ireland. Magh Breagh is in East Meath; between Dublin and Drogheada, and between the Rivers Boyne and Liffey.
The Age of Christ, 684. The eleventh year of Finachta. A mortality upon all animals in general, throughout the whole world, for the space of three years, so that there escaped not one out of the thousand of any kind of animals. There was great frost in this year, so that the lakes and rivers of Ireland were frozen; and the sea between Ireland and Scotland was frozen, so that there was a communication between them on the ice. Adamnan [Saint] went to Saxon-land, to request [a restoration] of the prisoners which the North saxons had carried off from Magh-Breagh the year before mentioned. He obtained restoration of them, after having performed wonders and miracles before the hosts; and they afterwards gave him great honour and respect, together with a full restoration of everything he asked of them.
The Age of Christ, 685. The twelfth year of Finachta. Finshneachta, the king, went on his pilgrimage.
The Age of Christ, 686. The thirteenth year of Finachta. St. Seghene, Bishop of Ard-Macha, died. St. Cuthbert, Bishop of Fearna, in England, died.
The Age of Christ, 687. The fourteenth year of Finachta. Congal, son of Maelduin, son of Aedh Beannan, King of West Munster, was slain. Bran, son of Conall, King of Leinster, died.
The Age of Christ, 688. The fifteenth year of Finachta. Fidhgellach, son of Flann, chief of Ui-Maine, [died].
The Age of Christ, 689. The sixteenth year of Finachta. Fearghus, son of Lodan [Aedain], King of Ulidia, was slain by the Ui-Eachdhach [people of Iveagh].
The Age of Christ, 690. The seventeenth year of Finachta. Bran Ua Faelain, King of Leinster, died. A battle between the Osraighi and the Leinstermen, wherein Faelchar Ua Maelodhra was slain. It rained a shower of blood in Leinster this year. Butter was there also turned into lumps of gore and blood, so that it was manifest to all in general. The wolf was heard speaking with human voice, which was horrific to all.
Note: Annals of Clonmacnoise: A.D. 688. It reigned [rained] Blood in Lynster this year; butter was turned into the colour of Blood; and a wolf was seen and heard speak with human voice. At the year 685 the Saxon Chronicle records that a shower of blood fell that year in Britain, and that the milk and butter were moreover turned into blood. Annals of Tighernach: At the year 693; blood flowed in streams for three days and three nights.
The Age of Christ, 691. The eighteenth year of Finachta. Becfhola, bishop died.
The Age of Christ, 692. The nineteenth year of Finachta. Cronan Beg, abbot of Cluain-mic-Nois, died on the 6th of April.
The Age of Christ, 693. The twentieth year of Finachta. AfterFinachta Fleadhach, son of Dunchadh, had been twenty years in the sovereignty of Ireland, he was slain by Aedh, son of Dluthach [his cousin], son of Ailill [his uncle], son of Aedh Slaine [his grandfather], chief of Feara-Cul [the barony of Kells in Meath], and Congalach, son of Conaing [his cousin], son of Congal [his uncle], son of Aedh Slaine, in a battle at Greallach-Dollaith [2 miles south of the town of Kells, in Meath]. Breasal, son of Finachta, also fell in this battle along with his father.
Finachta: Son of Dunchadh (Donnchadh, son of Aedh Slaine #141. In 680 (Keating says 684), the battle of Rath Mor Maighe Line was gained over the Britons. In 683, the Annals note the devastation of Magh Breagh by the North Saxons of "Saxon Land." Keating says that, in 684, the British (a host of Egberthus, king of Sacsa) "plundered a large part of Ireland." In 684, the lakes and rivers of Ireland, and the sea between Ireland and Scotland, were frozen. There was a communication between Scotland and Ireland on the ice. There was "a great mortality of animals." Married to Conchend, the daughter of Congal Ceannfoda, King of Ulidia. Slain by Aedh, son of Duithach, son of Ailill, son of Aedh Slaine #141, chief of Feara Cul, and Congalach, son of Conaing, , Southern Ui Neill †695.
Note: Slain by the sons of two of his cousins.
PROVINCIAL KINGSson of Congal (Conaing), son of Aedh Slaine #141, at Grellach Dollaig, perhaps in Louth. Mac Niocaill: Finnechta Fledach
Finshnechta Luibnighe-Sanctus Luimnigh, King of Connacht & Anchorite
According to O’Hart in his book Irish Pedigrees, otherwise known as the Line and Stem of the Irish Nation; Fionnachta Luibhne called Sanctus Luimnigh, son of Tomaltaigh, son of Murghal, son of Inrachtach, son of Muiredach was the 33rd Christian King of Connacht. .
He was descended from Heremon, son of Milesius of Spain. Fionnachta was of the Siol Muiredach a branch of the Ui Bruin of Connacht, from which most of the kings of Connacht came.
King Muiredach Muilleathan from whom the Siol Murry took their name was Fionnachta’s great-great-grandfather. The Ui Bruin were named after Brian, the last pagan king of Connacht, and the eldest son of the Monarch of Ireland, Eochy Moyvaine. Brian was a half-brother of Ireland’s most spectacular Monarch, Nial of the Nine Hostages.
Some say Fionnachta ruled as King of Connacht from 843-848 AD. He is said to have abdicated and entered religious life. The only notice of him in the Annals of the Four Masters is: “The Age of Christ 846. Finsneachta Luibnighe, son of Tomaltach, King of Connaught, and who was afterwards an anchorite, died.”
A foot-note says that Luibneach is a place on the borders of ancient Meath and Munster, where it is probable he was fostered. See Book of Lecan, folio 260 b. and Leabhar-na-g Ceart, page 10, note u. The Annals of Ulster under the year 848 say: Finnechta of Luibnech, anchorite and formerly king of Connacht, died.
From the following information which was found in the Onomasticon Goedelicum it appears that the King of Connacht, Fionnachta returned to Leinster where he set up his abode in Ui Cennsalaig [Hy Kinsley], on or near the hill of Formael, which appears to be a territory today known as Fermoyle, in which lies Limenagh or Luimneach Laigen otherwise known as “Little Limerick.”
This place became known as Cell Fionnachta Luimnigh. In Lbl. 908; he is called Sanctus Luimnigh, Chr. 148; in Four Masters and Annals Ulster he is calledFinshnechta Luibnighe; fiad Luibnide, Lct. 10; "Limenagh, otherwise Limericke, "granted to Sir L. Esmonde in 1618," Mm. 490; now Little Limerick opposite Sir T. Esmonde's hall door at Ballynastragh, Gorey; a townland and a churchyard on the slope of Limerick hill, which last is, I think, Sliab Luimnig; cf. "All the Mannor of Esmonde and all the lands of Lemenagh and Formoyle," Esmonde MSS., document of date 24 May, 1637.
Note: There is a town named Gorey [Guaire] in north Wexford, on the road south from Arklow to Ferns. Fionnachta was king of Connacht during the reign of Malachy the First, a Monarch of the Southern Hy Niall.
Cil fhinnachta; in Luimneach Finnachta in Huaibh Deaga Móra, I. 108 a, col. 8;
Formael; a hill on the land given by King of Leinster to Dubthach maccu Lugir, Ll. 45 b, where the boundaries and features are described; al. Formaoil na bFian, in Hui Chionnsiolaigh, where Luimnioch Laighion now is, K. 147 b 1; .i. Limenagh, otherwise Limericke, Mm. 490; now Limerick or Little Limerick, opposite Sir. T. Esmonde's hall-door; Fermoyle and Cooletegart formed one townland. of 310 Irish acres of the Manor of Esmonde, Esmonde MSS.; Cooltegart is well known still.
Formael; between Senbotha and Abaind in Huibh Cennsellaig, where Fiandachta, King of Connacht, set up his abode, Lbl. 908; same as previous
Luimnech; al. Luimnech Laigen in Ui Cennsalaig, Keating History 147 b, Ods. 672, Chi.; L. i Laignib, I. 41 a; al. Luimnech Finnachta, Cell Fionnachta
KINGS OF LEINSTER
There were at least two Finnertys who were Kings of Leinster; the first being Findchada [Finnachta] son of Garrchon who ruled in 485. His son Froech ruled after him from 485 to 495. The second King was Finsnechtae Cetharderc son of Cellach who ruled from 795 to 808. Eight Kings of Leinster descended from Finsnechtae Cetharderc.
The Genealogy of these two Kings follow
Finsnechtae Cetharderc - King of Leinster 795 to 808 (son of Cellach macDunchada)
Cathaír Már - King of Ireland & Leinster 120 to 123 (descendant of Cú Chorb) Fiachu Ba hAiccid son of Cathaír Már [was not a king of Leinster]
Bressal Bélach son of Fiachu Ba hAiccid - King of Leinster to 436
Garchu [Garrchon] son of Bressal Belach [may have been half king of Leinster]
Findchada [Finnachta] macGarrchon - King of Leinster to 485 (grandson of Bressal Belach)
Fróech macFindchada macGarrchon - King of Leinster 485 to 495 (son of Findchad)
Froech appears to be the last king of Finnachta of Hui Garrchon’s line.
THE FOLLOWING KINGS OF LEINSTER DESCEND TO KING FINSNECHTAE CETHARDERC ALSO CALLED FINERTY, OR FINDCHAD
Ailill macDúnlainge - King of Leinster 527 to ?? (great grandson of Bressal Bélach noted above)
Cormac macAilill macDúnlainge - King of Leinster 567?? (son of Ailill)
Coirpre macCormac O'Dúnlainge - King of Leinster 5?? (son of Cormac)
Colmán Már macCoirpre O'Dúnlainge - King of Leinster 576?? (son of Coirpre)
Fáelán macColmáin Máir O'Dúnlainge - King of Leinster 633 to 666? (son of Colmán Már)
Bran Mutt macConaill O'Dúnlainge - King of Leinster 680 to 693 (g-son of Fáelán)
Murchad macBran Mutt O'Dúnlainge - King of Leinster 715? to 727 (son of Bran Mutt)
Dúnchad macMurchada O'Dúnlainge - King of Leinster 727 to 728 (son of Murchad macBran)
Cellach macDúnchada - King of Leinster 760 to 776 (son of Dúnchad macMurchada)
Ruaidrí macFáeláin - King of Leinster 776 to 785 (son of Fáelán macMurchada)
Finsnechtae Cetharderc - King of Leinster 795 to 808 (son of Cellach macDunchada) This King is noted for taking the kingship by burning his predecessor Bran [K.L.785-795] and his wife. He was also known as Finerty, Finchada, Findchad, &etc.
The following eight Kings, of Finsnectae’s line would rule after him.
Bran macFáelán O'Dúnchada - King of Leinster 834 to 838 (grandson ofFinsnechtae)
Ruarc macBran O'Dúnchada - King of Leinster 854 to 862 (son of Bran macFáelán)
Muiredach macBran O'Dúnchada - King of Leinster 884 to 885 (son of Bran macFáelán)
Fáelán macMuiredach O'Dúnchada - King of Leinster 917 to 942 (son of Muiredach macBran mac Fáelán)
Lorcán macFáelán O'Dúnchada - King of Leinster 942 to 943 (son of Fáelán macMuiredach)
Cellach macFáelán O'Dúnchada - King of Leinster 958 to 966 (son of Fáelán macMuiredach)
Domnall Cláen macLorcán O'Dúnchada - King of Leinster 978 to 984 (son of Lorcán macFáelán)
Donnchad macDomnaill Cláen O'Dúnchada - King of Leinster 984 to 999 (deposed) (son of Domnall Cláen) Note: This appears to be the last king of Finsnectae Cetharderc’s line.
FINDAACHTA PRINCE OF AILEACH
This Findachta was the son of Eugene or Eoghan, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, who is of the Line of Hermon. I found no records of descendants of Findachta. Finachta' mother w2as Indorba a princess of Britain. His brother Muireadach was a powerful king and was the ancestor of the Kings of Scotland. What follows is attributed to Findachta's father Eoghan m'or.
Before the arrival of St. Patrick in Ireland, this Eoghan son of Niall the Great acquired the territory of Aileach, in Ulster, which in many centuries afterwards was called after him, Tir-Owen, or Owen's Territory.
Eoghan, was baptized by Saint Patrick at the Royal Palace of Aileach in A.D. 442; and Ulster analyists claim it was the foot of his grandson Eochaidh, son of Fiachra, that was pierced by the crozier [Bachal Iosa] during the ceremony. This same story is given to Aongus [Aeneas] the 1st Christian King of Munster. It is said that, at this ceremony Saint Patrick consecrated the most ancient and celebrated seat of Kings.
In the 13th century the Kingdom of Aileach ceased to be so called, and the designation Kingdom of Tir-Owen, in its stead was applied. Sixteen of the Ard Righs or Monarchs of Ireland were princes or kings of Aileach -- descended from this Eugene or Owen. Both the O'Neills and O'Loughlans/MacLoughland were descended from this Eoghan, and were kings and princes of Aileach.
The Grianan of Aileach (also spelled Ailech; Irish: Grianán Ailigh) is a group of historic monuments in County Donegal, Ireland built on the hill of Grianán which is 244 metres high. Most writers have identified the site as being the great “royal fort” of Aileach. The main monument is that of an Iron Age stone fortress. It is generally accepted to be the seat of the Kingdom of Aileach although the true capital is now believed to lie further to the east. The kingdoms of Ulaidh and Kingdom of Oirialla were two subject kingdoms in the North under the general rule of Aileach.[dubious – discuss] Whatever its true status, the Grianán was a historical centre of culture and politics during the rule of early Irish chieftains (c. 800 BCE-1200 CE).
If you are a Finnerty from northeast Donnegal you could be a descendant of this Eoghan the father of a Finnerty, or you may be closely related to the McCartins of Loch Foyle. You could be entitled to the basic shield of McCartin without embellishments occurring after the Anglo Norman occupation.
Eoghan had three brothers: Laeghaire, Conall-Crimthann and Maine, and who were ancestors to other Finnerty