The story of Queen Máel is detailed in the Annals of Clonmacnoise, an ancient catalogue of Irish history.
Máel Muire Ingen Amlaíb was the daughter of Gormlaith, an Irish queen, and Óláfr Sigtryggsson (known as Amlaíb in Irish sources), King of Dublin and previously King of York. She is supposedly the first known queen of Norse descent.
Máel married Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill, King of Mide (Meath) and High King of Ireland in late 900 AD. He was eventually overthrown by Brian Boru but since Boru was not recognised High King until 1002, it is possible Máel Muire would have been recognised as queen for a considerable amount of years. It is thought that Máel Muire would have been Queen of Meath (the ancient fifth province of Ireland) and Queen of Tara during her lifetime. Plus, the Annals have also styled her Queen of Ireland from her marriage to Máel Sechnaill.
We are told that Máel Muire died in and around 1021.
Retrace Máel Muire’s steps with a visit to the Hill of Tara, where she would have spent many of her days as a queen.
It is uncertain as to where Máel Muire would have been born but it is likely to have been in the vicinity of Dublin, where her father held his throne.
As the wife of Mael Sechnaill mac Domnaill, High King of Ireland, Máel Muire would have been Queen of Tara for several years. Her mother (Gormlaith) is also rumoured to have been married to mac Domnaill.
Mael Murie is thought to have married the former King of Mide (Meath) Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill (Malachy O'Donnell) and this may have been after the Battle of Tara in 980.
Máel Muire is known to have died in 1021, a year before her husband, Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill.
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