True, Cenn Faelad is most likely Congal:
AI 675.1 Guin Congail meicc Blaithmeicc i Tethba.
AE 675.1 Cenn Faela mac Crunnmaeil meic Blathmaic ina dhegaid-sin ceithre bliadna.
FA 675 Cath i n-Airchealtra, i t-torchair Ceannfaoladh mc. Cruinmhail, rí Eireann.
AU 675.1 Bellum Cind Fhaeladh filii Blathmaic filii Aedho Slane in quo Cind Faeladh interfectus est.
CS 675 Bellum Cindfaeladh meic Blaithmaic meic Aodha Slaine.
AT 675.1 Cath for Cenn Faelad mac Blaithmic, maic Aeda Slaine, oc Tigh hui Maíne i n-Dail Cealtru
M673.1 Iar m-beith ceithre bliadhna h-i righe n-Ereann do Cend Faoladh, mac Blaithmic, mic Diarmata
Though this mis-identification by the scribes (Cenn Faelad as grandson of Diarmat or even Blathmac?) does feed my mind with questions ;).
> The genealogy of the Fir Tethbae (O'Brien, CGH p 162) does include an Aed,
> with a grandson Blathmac and a great-grandson Congal. But the Fir Tethbae,
> the descendants of Niall's (probably imaginary) son Maine, are expressly
> contrasted to the descendants of Niall's son Conall - who include Aed Sláne
> (O'Brien 133).
The manuscripts (Laud 610, H2.7, BB, MacFirbis) all have Congal as the son of Blathmac for Muintir Tadgain pedigree. Only the pedigrees of the Ui Lachtnain contain Oengus as father of Congal. Though I would agree it would seem more likely the Muintir Tadhgain seanachaidh forgot an ancestor, than a new one was created as with Cruinmhail (as seen above).
> There were three Aeds killed that year. The Annals of Tigernach
>have Aed Sláne dying at Loch Semdige, Aed Buide (of Tethbae) dying at
>Bruiden Da Choca, and Aed Rón of Uí Fhailgi dying on the green of mac Buain.
I believe they died at the same battle? I may be pushing it to suggest a threefold Aeda Slaine, king of Mide, Tethba and Ui Failge. But out of interest who was Aed Rón? There seems to never been an Aedh in the Ui Failge pedigrees?
I wouldn’t be considering a linking the Muintir line with Sil Aeda Slaine, if it wasn't a problem of understaning the next couple generations after Congal. For I understood that explaination for the division of Tethba was that Niall gave his son Maine area of Ardagh and Cairbre area of Granard. Hence South Tethba was home to Cenel Maine and North Tethba home to Cenel Cairpre Mor, i.e. the two Tethbae.
So reading Dobbs I find Bec mac Colla residence in the North Tethba; suggesting a proximity to Cenel Cairpre around Granard.
Bec’s sister Forblaith was an abbess of Clonbroney. The abbey of Clonbroney is about 5 miles west of Granard and lies within the barony of Granard.
Bec’s brother Flann, according to the Life of of St Samthann, would visit Samthann before any military exercise. St Samthann was the abbess of Clonbroney. So if the life holds some cornel of truth, then Flann mac Conla is like Bec mac Conla linked with North Tethba (the land of Cenel Cairpre Mor not Cenel Maine).
Bec’s father Conla is made the brother of Conall Oircnech chief of Cinel Cairbre by the Life of Adomnan. (Even for me this one is hard to believe ;)).
With the possible association of this line with Cenel Cairpre Mor. Could Aelghal mac Flann mac Conla, chief of Teathba, be the father of Fearghus mac Ailghil, lord of Cinel Cairbre? (I don’t find Ailghil in the pedigrees of Cenel Cairpre.)
Are the ancestor of Muintir Tadhgain originally from North Tethbha?
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