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The Delbhna were a race of Ireland. They had a number of branches in central and western Ireland.
The Delbhna Nuadat were lords of a large section of what is now County Roscommon, situated between the Suck and Shannon rivers. From the early historic era they were a subject people of the Ui Maine .
The Delbhna Bethra were located on the east bank of the river Shannon, in what is now County Westmeath. They may have once formed a single kingdom with the Delbhna Nuada untill subjugated by the Ui Maine . By the late 5th century they had fallen under the control of the Ui Néill.
The Delbhna took their name from Delbáeth who is stated as being a legendary High King of Ireland but was more likely a god of the Tuatha Dé Danann; he would have been their ancestor-deity in the same way that Woden was to the Anglo-Saxons.
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