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List of High Kings of Ireland
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List of High Kings of Ireland

The High Kingship of Ireland was a pseudohistorical construct of the eighth century projected into the distant past that did not become political reality until the ninth century. The traditional list of High Kings of Ireland is thus a mixture of fact and fiction, the individuals appearing prior to the fifth century AD being fictions and the application of the title to individuals before the ninth century being anachronistic. The annalists frequently describe later high kings as rig erenn co fressabra (kings of Ireland with opposition) but it is important to realise that these kings were with opposition only when compared to the imagined high kings of an idealised past and that Ireland as a national kingdom lacking a settled monarchy was well within the European norm.

Table of contents
1 High Kings of Ireland, 1935 BC - 1186 AD
2 High Kings, 77-458
3 High Kings of Ireland, 459-831
4 High Kings of Ireland, 832-1186

High Kings of Ireland, 1935 BC - 1186 AD

Fir Bolg High Kings

Tuatha de Danaan High Kings

(These Kings are, in fact, ancient Irish divinities)

Milesian High Kings, 1700 BC-76 AD

High Kings, 77-458

High Kings of Ireland, 459-831

High Kings of Ireland, 832-1186