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Máel Muire

Find out more about the first known Norse queen.

Late 900 ADAD

Late 900 ADAD


Máel Muire


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.

Late 900 ADAD Born in the Dublin area

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.

Late 900 ADAD Queen of Tara

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.

Late 900 ADAD Marries Máel Sechnaill 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.

1021AD Death of Máel Muire

Máel Muire is known to have died in 1021, a year before her husband Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill.