Yep- I'm truely part Irish (prolly like 1/1000th) but whatever! I hail from the McMurrah clan of Wexford (HAHA) and yep- there's even a King in my history! I'm taking Jordan to Ireland next year for vaca and I can't wait! It's always been at the top of my bucket list! Just to brag a lil about my suuuuper distant royalty, here's the scoop ;) just ignore the part where is says he's the cause of Irelands loss of independence. details!
King Leinst Dermott McMurrah:
aka Diarmuid-Na-Ugall (Irish, na u Gall, "of the foreigners"), 58th Christian King of Leinster.
Murtough O'Loughlin of the Ulster O'Neills was the most powerful king from 1156-1166. Dermot supported him against Rory O'Connor of Connaught. When Murtough was slain in 1166, Rory secured the high-kingship of Ireland.
Dermott was a lineal descendant of Diromaid, one-hundred and seventy-seventh king of Ireland, and forty-ninth king of Leinster, A.D. 1074. He is considered to be the ultimate cause of the loss of Ireland's independence.
In 1166, Dermot MacMurrough of Okinselagh, King of Leinster, was defeated by the High-king Rory of Connaught. In 1167, Dermot obtained Henry II's permission to engage the help of any of his subjects in a war for his restoration. Adventurous volunteers were soon found among the barons of the Welsh Marches. The highest in rank was Richard de Clare, surnamed Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, who was promised Eva, Dermot's daughter, in marriage, but far more energetic were the Anglo-Welsh descendants of Nest, daughter of Thys ap Teudwr of Deheubarth, a matriarch of conquerors, whose sons by her husband Gerald, castellan of Pembroke, and grandsons of varying descent were on fire to make their fortune like the Normans in Italy a century earlier. Dermot himself easily gained his restoration on terms with little help in 1167, but he nursed both revenge and ambition for the high-kingship, and eagerly pressed for more. In 1169, a son Nest, Robert FitzStephen, and others landed. All told, they were not more than 600 men, but they were inured to warfare, the horsemen armed in mail. The archers wielding a weapon unknown to and not to be parried by the Irish. The immediate result was the surrender of Scandinavian Wexford and widespread submission of Leinster clans.