Máel Sechnaill Mór mac Domnaill (died 1022) lived on a cusp in
medieval Irish history, and played a pivotal role that is reflected
in the position that he occupies in traditional historiography. This
paper will examine poetry concerned with Máel Sechnaill, written
both contemporarily and posthumously, looking at some aspects of how
his celebrity and unique potential to prefigure a shift in political
thinking were developed and utilized by a variety of poets.