Niall was a War Lord and would take hostages from here and there. He and his sons and grandsons ruled over Ireland for six
centuries. It is believed that there are more than 3 million men alive on earth today descending from this one man.
Niall of the Nine Hostages received his name from the taking of hostages as a strategy for playing mental havoc upon his opponent chieftains. He is known in folklore as a raider of the British and French coasts. Supposedly slain in the English Channel or in Scotland, his descendants were the most powerful rulers of Ireland until the 11th century.
Niall established a dynasty of powerful chieftains that dominated the island for six centuries.