Ollamh Síl Muireadaigh was a hereditary post, held almost exclusively by members of the Ó MaolconaireWp globe tiny.gif family, from at least the 13th to the 17th century.

An ollamhWp globe tiny.gif was the highest rank in the learned orders of law, poetry, or history. These educated professionals, today grouped together in the popular consciousness as "bardWp globe tiny.gifs", maintained an oral traditionWp globe tiny.gif that pre-dated ChristianizationWp globe tiny.gif of Ireland.

It is likely that the post had existed for at least as long as the Síl Muireadaigh dynasty themselves, but earlier ollamhWp globe tiny.gifs are unknown. The first of the family so listed was Dúinnín Ó MaolconaireWp globe tiny.gif.

Ollamh Síl Muireadaigh


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  • Mac Dermot of Moylurg: The Story of a Connacht Family Dermot Mac Dermot, 1996.
  • A New History of Ireland VIII: A Chronology of Irish History to 1976 - A Companion to Irish History Part I edited by T.W. Moody, F.X. Martin and F.J. Byrne, 1982. ISBN 0 19 821744 7
  • The Celebrated Antiquary Nollaig O Muralie, Maynooth, 1996.
  • Irish Leaders and Learning Through the Ages Fr. Paul Walsh, 2004. (ed. Nollaig O Muralie).

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