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The Uí Cheinnselaig (recte Uí Ceinnselaig), from the Old Irish "grandsons of Cennsalach", were an Irishmarker dynasty of Leinster who traced their descent from Énnae Cennsalach, a supposed contemporary of Niall of the Nine Hostages. Énda was said to be a grandson of Bressal Bélach and a first cousin of Dúnlaing mac Énda Niada, eponymous ancestor of the rival Uí Dúnlainge.

The earliest associations of the Uí Cheinnselaig are with the region around Rathvillymarker, County Carlowmarker, and the headwaters of the River Slaneymarker, but in time the centre of their power was pushed southwards, later being found around Fernsmarker, in County Wexfordmarker, site of the monastery of Saint Máedóc (d. 626 or 632).

In early times the Kings of Leinster came from the Uí Cheinnselaig and the Uí Dúnlainge, but the Uí Dúnlainge came to dominate the kingship of the province, and after Áed mac Colggen (d. 738) it was three hundred years until the next Uí Cheinnselaig king of Leinster, Diarmait mac Mail na mBo. See Kings of Uí Cheinnselaig.

Notable kings of the Uí Cheinnselaig and related kindreds included:

See also


  1. Date per The Chronology of the Irish Annals, Daniel P. McCarthy
  • Byrne, Francis John, Irish Kings and High-Kings. Batsford, London, 1973. ISBN 0-7134-5882-8

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