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Fínnachta, son of Ollom Fotla, was, according to medieval Irish legend and historical tradition, a High King of Ireland in succession to his father. His given name was Elim.[1] There is said to have been snow of wine (Old Irish fín, "wine", snechta, "snow")[2] in his reign, from which he gained his better-known name. He ruled for twenty years before dying of plague at Mag Inis in Ulster, and was succeeded by his brother Slánoll.[3] The chronology of Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Éirinn dates his reign to 913–895 BC,[4] that of the Annals of the Four Masters to 1278–1258 BC.

Preceded by High King of Ireland
AFM 1278–1258 BC
FFE 913–895 BC
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Annals of the Four Masters M3922-3942
  2. ^ Dictionary of the Irish Language, Compact Edition, Royal Irish Academy, 1990, pp. 306, 552
  3. ^ R. A. Stewart Macalister (ed. & trans.), Lebor Gabála Érenn: The Book of the Taking of Ireland Part V, Irish Texts Society, 1956, pp. 237
  4. ^ Geoffrey Keating, Foras Feasa ar Éirinn 1.26