Brian Luighnech Ua Conchobhair
In 1156, his father died at Dunmore, County Galway. His brother, Ruaidhri, immediately moved to neutralise any opposition to his succession as king by arresting and imprisoning three of his brothers, including Brian, all considered creditable candidates for succeeding Tairrdelbach. Brian seems to have come to terms with Ruaidhri and was released. One of the brothers, Aedh Dall Ua Conchobair, was not so lucky; Ruaidhri had him blinded.
Brian became lord of Cairbre Drom Cliabh (barony of Carbury in what is now County Sligo. During the late 1170s, King Ruaidhri's power as both King and High King of Ireland was under severe strain from both Gaelic-Irish and Anglo-Norman alike.
This encouraged King Flaithbertaigh of Tyrconnell to mount raids into northern Connacht, an area over which the Cenal Conaill had long claimed jurisdiction. Brian assembled a force and met him in battle on the Saturday before Whitsuntide, joined by his son, Donogh, his brother Maghnus Ua Conchobair, and members of leading Connacht gentry such as Aed Ó Cellaigh, Eachmarcach Ó Muireadhaigh, Giolla Críst Ó Roduibh, and many others.
The Annals of the Four Masters said of the battle:
Flaherty O'Muldory, Lord of Tirconnell, defeated the sons of the King of Connacht ... Sixteen of the sons and chieftains were slain by the Kinel Connell, as well as many others, both of the nobles and the plebeians. They held the Connacians under subjection for a long time after this battle ... slain by Flaherty ... were Brian and Manus, two sons of Turlough More; and Mulrony; and .... two sons of Hugh O'Connor.
The list of dead included Brian's son, Donogh; Ó Cellaigh, Ó Muireadhaigh, Ó Roduibh, and members of the O'Mulrenin and Mac Giolla Buidhe clans.
Brian was of ancestor of the O Connor Sligo dynasty. Only one member of the family ever succeeded to the kingship of Connacht, but they were Lords of Cairbre until the mid-17th century.
Ó Conchobhair Sligigh Family Tree
Brian Luighneach Ó Conchobhair, k. 1181. | | Aindrais | | Brian | | Tadhg, died 1313 | | Domhnall, died 1307 | |_____________________________________________________________ | | | | | | Ruaidhrí, Cathal Muircheartach died 1316. | | |___________________ | | | | Domhnall | | | | Maghnus Ruaidhrí Cathal Óg | | | | | | | Tadhg Tadhg | | __________________________________________________|_______________ | | | | | | | | Muircheartach Bachach Brian Eoghan Toirdhealbhach Carrach | | | | |__________ |___________ |___________ |_______ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Ruaidhrí Domhnall Maghnus Ruaidhrí Domhnall Tadhg Aodh Ruaidhrí Bachach | | | | | | | | Feidhlimidh Cathal Óg Tadhg Ruaidhrí Óg | | | | | | Ruaidhrí Tadhg Tadhg Óg | _____________________|______________________ | | | | | | Sir Domhnall Cathal Óg Eoghan | _____________________|_______________________ | | | | | | Sir Donnchadh Domhnall Tadhg Og | _____________________|_______________________ | | | | Sir An Calbhach Donnchadh
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