Geneticists at Trinity College, Dublin have recently discovered that the Irish gene pool is the least diluted in all of Europe if not indeed, the world. They have also discovered that the Irish traveling people (tinkers) are purely Irish and date back to the nomadic hunter gatherers.The discovery of the Fox P2 gene which is high in the Irish DNA and controls the ability to express using the voice, has also been found in songbirds.
A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Jeanne D’Brant for her invaluable help and tireless research on this important subject
My mother, Ellen O’Connor, was born in Kilmallock, County Limerick.
My father, Malachy Brennan, was born in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.
I was born in Croom, County Limerick, the home of the Maigue poets.
The Fox the Bird and the Poet
Dedicated to Author/Actor, Malachy McCourt a fellow Limerick-man.
In the age when the Maigue, flowing broad from the Shannon, winding slow through the ‘sloping place’ of Crom Dubh, right there, right on that spot, it all changed forever. For it was there that the Long-ships carrying the sons of Thor along its’ looped course, stopped below the fastness, sited high above the grassed banks and sent the Linnet skyward from the heather, in frightful flight. And it was there, right on that spot, where O’Donovan parleyed, swore fealty and ruled in safety with the invasive Dane. And it was there that O’Connor encircled the ramparts at Rathmore, burned the enclosures and routed the pretenders. And it was there that the Norman puppet masters, with their Welsh and Flemish bowmen in tow, installed the Geraldines to rule in lieu. And it was there that Red Hugh, after the night time march across the frozen bogs, en-route to meet the Spaniard, met first with the Countess from Kildare. And it was there too that the hedge masters of Kilmallock gathered and birthed the written and spoken native tongue. Thus it was that the Fil Na Maigue rhyme was infused with life’s’ breath and it was then, right then, on that very spot, in that very place, that the ‘Limerick’ was born.
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The two founders of the Maigue Poets in Croom were Sean O’ Tuama and his friend Andrias MacRaith. Both men grew up together in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. O’Tuama went on to become a publican. After the two men had a falling out they began castigating each other in rhyme. Below are believed to be the first ‘Limericks’ written.
“I sell the best Brandy and Sherry
to make all my customers merry.
But at times their finances
run short as it chances.
And then I feel very sad, very.”
“O’Tuama, you boast yourself handy,
at selling good ale and bright Brandy,
But the fact is your liquor
makes everyone sicker
I tell you this I, your good friend Andy.”
Quoted from “The History of Croom.” Wikipedia.com
From "The Journey: A Nomad Reflects."
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