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Berngal, son of Géde Ollgothach, was, according to medieval Irish legend and historical tradition, a High King of Ireland. He took power after killing his predecessor and cousin and his father's killer, Fíachu Findoilches. He made so much war that there was a shortage of milk and corn - according to one version, only a sack and a half.[citation needed] He ruled for either twenty-one[1] or twelve years,[2][3] until he was killed by his cousin Ailill, son of Slánoll. The Lebor Gabála Érenn synchronises his reign with that of Deioces of the Medes (694–665 BC). The chronology of Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Éirinn dates his reign to 833–831 BC, that of the Annals of the Four Masters to 1209–1197 BC.

Preceded by
Fíachu Findoilches
High King of Ireland
LGE Early 7th century BC
FFE 833–831 BC
AFM 1209–1197 BC
Succeeded by
Ailill mac Slánuill


  1. R. A. Stewart Macalister (ed. & trans.), Lebor Gabála Érenn: The Book of the Taking of Ireland Part V, Irish Texts Society, 1956, pp. 239-240
  2. Geoffrey Keating, Foras Feasa ar Éirinn 1.26
  3. Annals of the Four Masters 3991-4003