Kingdom of Osraige

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Kingdom of Osraige
6th century–1169
Flag Coat of arms
Capital Not specified
Language(s) Irish
Government Monarchy
 - 1162-1169 Donald FitzPatrick
 - Established 6th century
 - Disestablished 1169

Osraige (also known as Ossory) was a kingdom which existed in south-central Ireland, acting as a buffer between the prominent kingdoms of Munster and Leinster. Originating during the 6th century, it covered the area synonymous today with County Kilkenny. Throughout much of its history the kingdom was ruled by the FitzPatricks, though the kingdom suffered bitter infighting which weakened it.

During the early 11th century, the king of Osraige—Donagh FitzPatrick—overthrew Donagh O'Toole, King of Leinster and became ruler of the kingdom of Leinster for nine years. Ultimately the kingdom of Osraige fell victim to a conflict with Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster, who collaborated with a Norman force arriving from Wales and annexed Osraige to his kingdom in 1169.

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