Finn mac Blatha

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Finn, son of Blath, son of Labraid Condelg, son of Cairpre, son of Ollom Fotla, was, according to medieval Irish legend and historical tradition, a High King of Ireland. He took power after he killed the previous High King, Eochu Apthach, whose disastrous year on the throne had been characterised by constant plague. He ruled for twenty, or twenty-two, or thirty years, depending on the source consulted, until he was killed by Sétna Innarraid, son of Bres Rí. The Lebor Gabála Érenn synchronises his reign with that of Darius the Great of Persia (522–485 BC).[1] The chronology of Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Éirinn dates his reign to 725–705 BC,[2] that of the Annals of the Four Masters to 952–930 BC.[3]


  1. R. A. Stewart Macalister (ed. & trans.), Lebor Gabála Érenn: The Book of the Taking of Ireland Part V, Irish Texts Society, 1956, p. 251
  2. Geoffrey Keating, Foras Feasa ar Éirinn 1.26
  3. Annals of the Four Masters M4248-4270
Preceded by
Eochu Apthach
High King of Ireland
LGE 6th/5th century BC
FFE 725–705 BC
AFM 952–930 BC
Succeeded by
Sétna Innarraid