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HER STORY & TIMELINE
Gormlaith ingen Murchada was born in Naas, County Kildare in 960 AD. Gormlaith went on to become a queen in the late 10th and early 11th centuries. She was the daughter of Murchad mac Finn, a king of Leinster of the Uí Fhaelain line, and sister to Máel Mórda who eventually became King of Munster.
Gormlaith was born at a time when the Norsemen (Vikings) had invaded and settled in Ireland and were reaching their full strength against native kingdoms.
Gormlaith is believed to have been married to the Norse King of Dublin, Óláfr Sigtryggsson, up until his death in 981. Their son Sitric would follow in his footsteps by becoming King of Dublin, while Gormlaith would go on to marry one of Sitric's main enemies.
Gormlaith married the great Brian Bóru in 997 AD and had a son, Donnchadh. Boru was an enemy of Gormlaith's son Sitric, having fought in several battles with him. Their marriage was short-lived and Gormlaith was believed to be in opposition to Brian since separating from him.
Although Gormlaith wasn't physically involved in the Battle of Clontarf, it is thought that she incited her brother, Máel, and/or son, Sitric, to fight against Brian Bóru. The battle took place on Good Friday in 1014 and resulted in a victory for Brian's forces, but ultimately the death of Brian at a tent near the battlefield.
Gormlaith is believed to have died in 1030 although very little is known about her death.