The Battle of Bealach Leachta

Battle of Bealach Leachta, Viking Battles

The Battle of Belach Lechta

The battle of Bealach Leachta marked the first major defeat of the Danes in Ireland. Fought in Munster in c.978, The Battle of Belach Lechta (Bealach Leachta) was an important battle between Brian Bóruma (Brian Boru), future High King of Ireland and Máel Muad mac Brain, King of Munster. A brutal battle was fought all day on the riverside plain. Brian's army had ballooned as many minor chieftains began to recognise his potential. Brian Boru came seeking revenge for the death of his brother, Mahon. Brian, son of Cennétig was victorious on this day thus making him King of Munster; Máel Muad fell along with many others.

The Battle of Bealach Leachta marked a serious defeat of the Danes in Ireland and established Brian Boru as a serious contender for position of Ard Rí (High King) of Ireland.