Grianan of Aileach Nov 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Irish creation myth claims that this fortress was built by the great king Daghda of Tuatha de Danann. The grave of the king's son Aeah was in the centre of the fortress, which had been built around it. Whether such a grave existed is unknown; there are no archaeological remains, although a nearby tumulus could be a grave marker. 

 

 

By the 12th century, the Kingdom of Aileach had become embattled and lost a fair amount of territory to the invading Normans. The fortress itself was destroyed by Muirchertach Ua Briain, King of Munster in 1101. By around 1177, the Normans controlled large portions of lands once held by Aileach. 

 

 

 

 

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