O'Dowd – Ó Dubhda Uí Fiachrach Muaidhe

The O'Dowd - Ó Dubhda clan traces its descent from Fiachra, brother of Niall of the Nine Hostages, through Daithi, the last pagan King of Ireland who, legend has it, was killed by a bolt of lightning as he led an army to the foot of the Alps in 455AD. For centuries they were the leading sept of the Uí Fiachrach Muaidhe  a tribal group that occupied part of the modern counties of Mayo and Sligo. The Uí Fiachrach provided successive kings of Connacht for a long period, but their sphere of influence became confined to North Connacht. In the late 10th century, their king was named Aedh Ua Dubhda (Hugh O'Dooda). He is recorded as having 'died an untroubled death' in the year 982, making this surname one of the oldest in Europe. His grandson, Maelruanaidh, who died in 1005 had the title of Lord of Hy Fiachrach.

Contact: Thomas Dowds

Address: 16 Halidon Avenue, Cumbernauld, Glasgow, Scotland, G67 4FB

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Website: http://odubhda-odowdclan.com/