Gofraidh Ó Domhnaill
|Gofraidh Ó Domhnaill|
|King of Tír Chonaill|
|Successor||Domhnall Óg Ó Domhnaill|
near Letterkenny, Ireland
|Father||Domhnall Mór Ó Domhnaill|
Gofraidh was a son of Domhnall Mór Ó Domhnaill (died 1241).
Gofraidh rapidly came to power, initially with the support of the Norman FitzGeralds.
In 1248, he was inaugurated as "The O'Donnell", meaning chief of the clan. He made a successful inroad into Tyrone against Brian Ó Néill in 1252. In 1257, he drove the English out of northern Connacht after the battle of Creadran-Cille killing Maurice FitzGerald in personal combat, but suffering severe injuries. Gofraidh, while still incapacitated by his wound, was summoned by Brian to give hostages in token of submission. Carried on a litter at the head of his clan, he gave battle to Brian, whom he defeated with severe loss in prisoners and cattle.
- Lee, Sidney, ed. (1895). "O'Donnell, Godfrey". Dictionary of National Biography. 41. London: Smith, Elder & Co.