Echu Tirmcharna

Echu Tirmcharna mac Fergusso (died ca. 556) was a king of Connacht from the Uí Briúin branch of the Connachta. Genealogically he is mentioned as the great-great grandson of Dauí Tenga Uma (d. 500) a previous king. Prof. Byrne believes that the early Uí Briúin genealogies are fabricated however.[1] His place in the king lists falls between the reign of Ailill Inbanda (d. 549) and of his son Áed mac Echach Tirmcharna (d. 575).[2] The Annals of Tigernach simply mention him as king in 556 and his son's accession to the throne in 557.[3]

A Poem on the Kings of Connaught describes him as Echu "dryflesh", the "choice man", and also as noble.


  1. Francis J.Byrne, Irish Kings and High-Kings , pg.245
  2. Book of Leinster, Section 30
  3. all dates per The Chronology of the Irish Annals, Daniel P. McCarthy

See also


  • Annals of Tigernach
  • T.M. Charles-Edwards, Early Christian Ireland
  • Francis J. Byrne, Irish Kings and High-Kings
  • Book of Leinster, Section 30
  • The Chronology of the Irish Annals, Daniel P. McCarthy

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