Who Are the Irish?

Who Are the Irish?

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...establish the theory of a superior ancient light. But the disappearance of the hereditary and secret order of the learned, a few centuries after Christianity entered Ireland, removed the strong barrier against the tyranny of chiefs and the lawlessness of factions, leaving the people a prey to intestine commotion or despotic will. Under such circumstances, retrogression would be expected; since the new order of priests did not succeed to the influence of the Druids. With a few bright exceptions, when a strong and wise man became Ard-Bi or Head King, the country was a prey to misrule and ignorance for centuries. In attempting to throw some light upon the Early Irish Past, the question of racial interference must be omitted. It cannot be forgotten that, in times of disorder, the influence of the few refined of a higher race would be lost in the upheaval of primitive rudeness prevalent among the masses, whose ancestors would be of the more ancient date. Housns. Leaving the consideration of Cave Men, Crannog Men, Great Stone Builders, or other early races, the dwellings of the more recent Irish, the, so to speak, conglomerated peoples, were of wood, mud, wattle-sticks, or roughly-piled stones. Kings were content with such habitations. ' Ware's History' says: "When Roderick O'Connor, King of Connaught, built a castle of stone at Tuam, in 1161, it was a thing so new and uncommon that it became famous among the Irish at that time, by the name of the Wonderful Castle." Malachy O'Margair, Archbishop of Armagh, who died in 1 148, is recorded as " the first Irishman, or at least one of the first, who began to build with stone and mortar." The early tenements of rough stones are the only ones...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236968050
  • 9781236968050