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Delbáeth or Delbáed (modern spelling: Dealbhaoth or Dealbhaodh, possibly meaning "fire shape(d)") was a mythological Irish king. His father was either Aengus or Ogma of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and his mother was Ethniu of the Fomorians. He succeeded his grandfather Eochaid Ollathair (“the Dagda”) as High King of Ireland. Delbáeth ruled the united Tuatha Dé Danann and Fomorians for ten years, before dying at the hand of his son, Fiacha.


His daughters, by Ernmas, were the three eponymous Irish goddesses Ériu, Banba, and Fodla.

Portions of Lebor Gabála Érenn identify Delbáeth as the father of Brian, Iuchar, and Iucharba, and also mention that Delbáeth was also called “Tuirill Biccreo”.[1]

The Delbhna (an ancient Irish tribe) claimed to be his descendants.

Alternate and shared names[edit]

Delbáeth seems to be the same character as the thunder god Tuireann, because of he was identified as “Tuirill Biccreo”, the father of Brian, Iuchar, and Iucharba, mentioned above.[1]

Delbáeth is also given as a name of “Lugaid mac Tail” after Lugaid lights an enchanted fire from which burst five streams.[2]

A different Delbáeth – Delbáeth Mac Neit – is identified in the same section of Lebor Gabála Érenn as Tuirill Biccreo's great-grandfather.[1]

Preceded by
Eochaid Ollathair
High King of Ireland
AFM 1750–1740 BC
FFE 1337–1327 BC
Succeeded by


  1. ^ a b c Macalister, R. A. Stewart. (1941). Lebor Gabála Érenn. Part IV. Irish Texts Society, Dublin. § VII, First Redaction, ¶ 316.
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