Name: Murtough O?Toole
Suffix: Chief of Omurethy 1
Change Date: 10 NOV 2008
Muircheartach O Toole, Lord of Ui Muiredach (Southern Kildare).
Muirchertach O'Toole, King of Ui Muiredaig.
Maurice O'Toole, King of Hy Murray.
Maurice?s son: Lorcan O'Toole, whose name has been anglicized Laurence, was born near Castledermot, County Kildare. His father, Maurice, was a Leinster chieftain who in the course of time was reduced to a subordinate position by the encroachments of a rival great family, the MacMurroughs. The moment came when Maurice O'Toole was compelled to hand over to the MacMurroughs his youngest son, Laurence, aged ten, as hostage for his loyalty.
At first the boy was kept in the MacMurroughs' stronghold and treated like a member of the family. But when Maurice O'Toole again became suspect of what the MacMurroughs called treachery, Laurence was taken far away and imprisoned in a herdsman's hut 'in a desert, stony place,' where he was given barely enough food to keep him alive. Two years passed before his father's overtures to relieve him were successful. The abbot of Glendalough was appointed mediator between the two families and allowed to take the boy into sanctuary. When at last Maurice O'Toole arrived in Glendalough for Laurence, he announced somewhat portentously that he intended one of his four sons to enter religion and that he would draw lots to decide which of them it should be. At this, Laurence burst out laughing, for he had long been sure of his religious vocation. No lots had to be drawn.
He remained in Glendalough and eventually became its abbot. When he was thirty-two, he was forced to leave this retreat on his appointment as archbishop of Dublin, the first native-born Irishman ever to fill that see. His elevation marked the end of Scandinavian domination in Dublin.
At a period when a precarious peace was being patched up between the MacMurroughs and the O'Tooles, Laurence's sister was given in marriage to Dermot MacMurrough. This classical villain of history treated her badly and later eloped with Dervorgilla, wife of Tiernan O'Rourke, prince of Breffni, an event commonly accepted as prelude to the Anglo-Norman invasion. Laurence was thus deeply implicated in the national disaster. He was at the storm centre of the conflict. When Dermot MacMurrough died, his daughter, Eva (who was Laurence O'Toole's niece), was married to Richard, earl of Pembroke, called 'Strongbow,' the leader of the invasion from England. The archbishop remained in Dublin through two sieges and a famine. During the first siege, he was actually negotiating peace terms with the Normans outside the gates, when some of the soldiers treacherously broke into the city and ran amok among the civilians. Ever the father of his people, Laurence had to rush from the peace talks to save the citizens from being massacred.
(Catholic Information Network)
- Mor ingen Muirchertaig Ua Tuathail or O?Toole b: ABT 1114
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