Foras Feasa Ar Eirinn Do Réir an Athar Seathrun Céiting, Ollamh Ré Diadhachta: The History of Ireland, from the Earliest Period to the English Invasion

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P. M. Haverty, 1857 - Ireland - 751 pages
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Page 292 - Evil was the state of Ireland during his reign; fruitless her corn, for there used to be but one grain on the stalk ; fruitless her rivers ; milkless her cattle ; plentiless her fruit, for there used to be but one acorn on the oak.
Page lxvii - This learned writer also tells us, that " at a period, when the fine arts may be said to have been almost extinct in Italy and other parts of the Continent — namely, from the fifth to the end of the eighth century — a style of art had been established and cultivated in Ireland, absolutely distinct from that of all other parts of the civilized world. There is abundant evidence to prove that in the sixth and seventh centuries...
Page 145 - From the many monuments ascribed to this colony by tradition, and in ancient Irish historical tales, it is quite evident that they were a real people ; and from their having been considered gods and magicians by the Gaedhil or Scoti, who subdued them, it may be inferred that they were skilled in arts which the latter did not understand.
Page 649 - ... there is no nation of people under the sun that doth love equal and indifferent justice better than the Irish ; or will rest better satisfied with the execution thereof although it be against themselves; so as they may have the protection and benefit of the law, when upon just cause they do desire it.
Page 231 - ... is almost the only one who, from the strong light of tradition thrown round him, stands out as a being of historical substance and truth. It would serve to illustrate the nature and extent of the evidence with which the world is sometimes satisfied, to collect together the various celebrated names which are received as authentic on the strength of tradition alone;** and few, perhaps, could claim a more virtual title to this privilege than the great legislator of the ancient Irish, Ollamh Fodhla.
Page lvi - O'Breslin, the Brehon to Maguire ; Sir John, who was attorney-general to King James the First, having proceeded to various parts of Ulster, about AD 1B07, together with the judges and chancellor, to hold assizes, on coming to Fermanagh they required to know the tenure by which Maguire held his lands; and having sent for the Brehon, O'Breslin, who was a very feeble old man, he came to the camp, and the judges having demanded his Roll, he at first refused to show it, but at length on the lord chancellor...
Page 102 - The see of Elphin. A church was founded at Elphin, in Roscommon, by St. Patrick, in the fifth century, who placed over it St. Asicus, one of his disciples, and made it a bishop's see. The bishops of Elphin in ancient times are sometimes styled bishops of East Connaught. The diocese of Elphin comprises the greater part of the county of Roscommon. with considerable portions of the counties of Sligo and Galway.
Page 355 - In it was also written what the monarchs of Ireland were entitled to [receive] from the provincial kings, and the rents and dues of the provincial kings from their subjects, from the noble to the subaltern. In it also were [described] the boundaries and meares of Ireland, from shore to shore, from the province to the cantred, from the cantred to the townland, and from the townland to the traighidh of lands.
Page lxix - Mr. Pinkerton, who denies to the Irish the use of letters before their conversion to Christianity, still admits the antiquity of their list of kings." " Foreigners," he remarks, " may imagine that it is granting too much to the Irish to allow them lists of kings more ancient than those...
Page 345 - Fiann had to content itself with game, the product of its own, hunting, as its maintenance and pny from the kings of Ireland. That is, its warriors had the flesh of the wild animals for their food, and the skins for wages. During the whole day, from the morning until the night, they ate but one meal, of which they were wont to partake towards evening. About noon, it was their custom to send whatever game they had killed in the morning, by their attendants, to some appointed hill, where there should...

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