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Sichfrith mac Ímair

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Father  Ímar
Parents  Ímar
Successor  Sitriuc mac Ímair
Died  888 AD
House  Uí Ímair
Predecessor  Bárid mac Ímair
Grandparents  Olaf Guthfrithson, Gofraid of Lochlann
People also search for  Sitriuc mac Ímair, Bárid mac Ímair, Ímar, Gofraid of Lochlann

Sichfrith mac Ímair (Old Norse: Sigfrøðr Ívarrsson; died 888) was a ninth-century King of Dublin. He was a son of Ímar and a member of the Uí Ímair.



Sichfrith succeeded his brother Bárid as King of Dublin in 881. Bárid died in Dublin following a raid on the oratory of St Cianán at Duleek, present-day County Meath. He was supposedly killed through the saintly intervention of St Cianán himself.

During Sichfrith's reign there was conflict between the Vikings, with the "fair foreigners" allying with the Southern Uí Néill against the "dark foreigners". The meaning of these terms is contentious, but "fair foreigners" is usually taken to mean the Viking population which had been in Ireland the longest, as opposed to the relatively recently arrived "dark foreigners". Amlaíb, Auisle, Ímar, Halfdan, and their descendants, including Sichfrith, are usually considered the leaders of the "dark foreigners". The leader of the "fair foreigners" may have been Óttar, son of Iarnkné, who allied with Muirgel, a daughter of Máel Sechnaill, the king who had fought against Ímar and his brother Amlaíb. The "fair foreigners" had some success, killing an unnamed son of Auisle in 883.

Sichfrith was killed by a kinsman in 888. He was succeeded by his brother Sitriuc mac Ímair.


Sichfrith was a son of Ímar and had at least two brothers: Bárid, who preceded Sichfrith as King of Dublin, and Sitriuc, who succeeded him. Ímar is considered by some authorities to be identical to Ivar the Boneless, a Viking leader and a commander of the Great Heathen Army which invaded the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England in 865. According to legend he was one of the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok, and his brothers included Björn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye and Ubba. Ímar had at least five grandsons, Ragnall, Ímar, Sitric Cáech, Amlaíb, and Gofraid, but their parents are unidentified, so it is not possible to say which, if any, were the children of Sitriuc.


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