Dubsúilech Ó Maolconaire

Dubsúilech Ó Maolconaire was a member of the Ó Maolconaire family of Connacht, who served as historians and poets to the Síol Muireadaigh and their rulers, the Ó Conchubhair Kings of Connacht.

He appears to have been chief ollamh of Connacht, and thus presumably that of the Síol Muireadaigh. However, the entry in the Annals of Connacht is somewhat ambiguous:

"It was in this year that the reign of the ollavs Dubshuilech and Dunlang O Mailchonaire came to an end, and Tanaide Mor son of Duinnin son of Nede son of Conaing Buide O Mailchonaire took his seat in the Ollav's Chair of the province of Connacht. In the words [of the poet]: 'Tanaide the teacher, a learned ollav, son of Duinnin, spent forty famous years on the floor of Liss Lerthaile.'"[1]

The possibility therefore exists that Dubsúilech and Dunlang held the post jointly during their lives. Their successor was a son of a previous Ollamh, Dúinnín Ó Maolconaire.


  • Annals of Connacht, ed. and tr. A. Martin Freeman (1944). Annála Connacht: The Annals of Connacht (A.D. 1224-1544). Dublin: DIAS. (Edition and translation available from CELT)
  • The Encyclopaedia of Ireland 2003; ISBN 0-7171-3000-2.
  • Mac Dermot of Moylurg: The Story of a Connacht Family Dermot Mac Dermot, 1996.
  • A New History of Ireland VIII: A Chronology of Irish History to 1976 - A Companion to Irish History Part I edited by T.W. Moody, F.X. Martin and F.J. Byrne, 1982. ISBN 0-19-821744-7
  • The Celebrated Antiquary Nollaig O Muralie, Maynooth, 1996.
  • Irish Leaders and Learning Through the Ages Fr. Paul Walsh, 2004. (ed. Nollaig O Muralie).
  1. ^ Annals of Connacht, 1270.18.

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Preceded by Ollamh Síol Muireadaigh
Succeeded by