Immerse yourself in the stories of Ireland’s kings and queens and discover the part they played in shaping the Ireland that we know today.

Many hundreds of years ago kings and queens would have roamed Ireland’s different provinces – from the dramatic coastlines of Ulster to the rolling hills of the ancient fifth province of Mide (an area that in its greatest extent include the counties of Meath and Westmeath, along with parts of Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Louth and Offaly). These kings and queens played a significant part in the identity, history and culture of Ireland, with their stories involving historic battles, dramatic conversions, divisions of lands, power struggles and countless marriages.

The process of crowning kings and queens for centuries in Ireland differed to the more formal approach taken in Britain. For instance, a king or queen may not have necessarily been chosen through lineage, but by the bravery and fortitude demonstrated on the battlefield.

Join us on a journey back in time as we look at the lives and tales of some of Ireland’s most notable kings and queens, and follow in their footsteps by visiting landscapes and towns that have been influenced by these very characters. Be transported to ancient days and learn more about the importance of places like Cashel, Ferns, Killaloe and Tara, and their connection to the reign of Irish kings and queens for hundreds of years.

Discover Their Stories Below
King

Brian Boru

Ireland's most famous king, Brian Boru ended the High Kingship in Ireland and famously defeated the Vikings at Clontarf.

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Queen

Maeve

Recognised as the 'Warrior Queen of Connacht', Maeve is one of Ireland's most iconic historical characters, and arguably the most famous Queen.

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King

Niall of the Nine Hostages

The ancestor of the famous Uí Néill dynasty, some 3 million Irish people are believed to be descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages.

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Queen

Grace O'Malley

The famous Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley protected the west of Ireland from English attacks.

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King

Sitric Silkbeard

The Viking King of Dublin, Sitric was the son of Óláfr Sigtryggsson and Gormlaith.

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Queen

Gormlaith

The former wife of the great king Brian Boru, and mother to his rival, Sitric Silkbeard.

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King

Dermot MacMurrough

The King of Leinster, Dermot is responsible for the Anglo-Norman invasion and centuries of British Rule in Ireland.

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Queen

Aoife MacMurrough

Wife of Anglo-Norman warrior Strongbow, Aoife was the Princess of Leinster and daughter to King Dermot of Leinster.

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King

Conchobar MacNessa

A former King of Ulster, Conchobar was briefly married to Queen Maeve of Connacht.

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Queen

Máel Muire ingen Amlaíb

Believed to be the first Queen of Ireland of foreign or non-Celtic lineage.

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King

Rory O'Connor

The last King of Ireland and son of Turlough O'Connor, King of Connacht.

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