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    Niall of the Nine Hostages Irish, Pirate, High King of Ireland, My great..........grandaddy

    The small passage tomb known as the Mound of the hostages or Duma na NGiall dates to around 2500BC. The tomb gets its name from the custom of Irish kings taking important people hostage, one of these kings was known as Niall of the Nine Hostages who had taken hostages from all of the provinces of Ireland and from other countries. The passage tomb is one of only two monuments at Tara that have been excavated.

    Niall of Nine Hostages who the Molloy Clan are descended from. The Molloy bloodline comes from Niall's son Fiachu mac Néill of the Cenél Fiachach dynasty. Niall & his henchman pirates apparently kidnapped St. Pat as a teen & because of this kidnapping, Patrick turned to God, escaped back to England and then came back all grown up to introduce Christianity to Ireland where he became a Saint. And now we celebrate St. Paddy's Day. So we have Great Great+ Grandpa Niall to thank for that, lol!

    Millions of people around the world today are descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages, the legendary 5th century A.D. High King of Ireland. Wherever the Irish settled, also live Niall’s posterity...

    Irish Genealogy Toolkit: Niall of the Nine Hostages; Ireland

    DNA Ireland - The genetic imprint of Niall of the Nine Hostages

    King Athelstan (reigned 925-940)

    Brian Boru, legendary Ard Righ or High King of Ireland. He married a redheaded "sorceress" but their children did not live up to their father's legacy.

    The Rock of Cashel. Built by Brian Boru, the last high king of Ireland

    Niall Noígíallach (Old Irish "having nine hostages"),[1] or in English, Niall of the Nine Hostages, son of Eochaid Mugmedón, was an Irish king, the ancestor of the Uí Néill family that dominated Ireland from the 6th to 10th centuries. The rise of the Uí Néill dynasties and their conquests in Ulster and Leinster are not reliably recorded and have been the subject of considerable study and attempts to reconstruct them.

    Hill of Tara, County Meath, Ireland - ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland

    One of Ahenny's High Crosses, County Tipperary, Ireland

    EOCHAID IRELAND | Are you a descendant of Irish King Niall of the Nine Hostages ...

    Mound known as Niall of the Nine Hostages at #Tara, #Meath, #Ireland. A passage tomb that is part of the Tara complex. He's my ancestor

    Niall of the Nine Hostages

    The Bell shrine of St. Patrick Commissioned by Domnall MacLochlainn, High King of Ireland, between A.D. 1091 - 1105 [I am descended from Saint Derecha verch, Saint Patrick's sister... BK Thigpen]

    "Cross of the Scriptures" Clonmacnois. Sandstone. Erected c900 CE by Abbot Colman for the High King Flann. Ireland.

    Cashel The Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary in the Muenster Province (southern Ireland). Former home of the Kings of Muenster. Once a strong -hold for the great Brian Boru, High King of Ireland. Now a ruin and cemetery. Breathtaking views ...

    Sir Roger Casement, from the National Library of Ireland on The Commons, via Flickr. "Casement (1864-1916): civil servant, explorer, human rights campaigner, Irish nationalist. He was executed on 3 August 1916, following his conviction for high treason."

    Cormac mac Airt (son of Art), was, according to medieval Irish legend and historical tradition, a High King of Ireland. He is probably the most famous of the ancient High Kings, and may have been an authentic historical figure, and his reign is variously dated as early as the 2nd century and as late as the 4th. He is said to have ruled from Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, for forty years, and under his rule Tara flourished. He was famous for his wise, true, and generous judgments.

    King Daithi Stone This marks the grave of the former King and High King and nephew of Niall of the Nine Hostages. Daithi (405AD – 426AD) was the last Pagan King of Ireland.