he area of Hy Kinsella was composed of numerous smaller states, called "tuaths", each of which had their own chieftain. The king of Hy Kinsella governed over all these minor chieftains. The families eligible for kingship of Hy Kinsella were the MacMurroughs, Cavanaughs, and Kinsellas (families that branched off from Dermot MacMurrough on the family tree). The ruler of Hy Kinsella, if he were powerful enough, could become ruler of the province of Leinster. The ruler of Leinster, in turn, could become King of all Ireland, called "Ard Ri". This was achieved by Dermot mac MaelnamBo, great great grandfather of Eanna Kinsella.
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