John Anthony Brennan's Blog Posts Tagged 'Ireland' (13)

The Firefighter



often find myself thinking about my cousin Michael Brennan. He was a firefighter assigned to the Pride of Midtown firehouse in Manhattan. I first met…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 10, 2018 at 3:26am — 11 Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh





This month we remember Irishman Oliver Plunkett, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who was hung, drawn and quartered, on July 1, 1681 at Tyburn Gallows, London. That barbaric act made him the last Catholic victim martyred as a direct result of the devious ‘Popish Plot’ instigated by rogue Clergyman Titus Oates. The so-called…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 1, 2018 at 10:13am — 6 Comments

How the Ancient Irish Oral Tradition Was Saved From Extinction

On a cold, wet evening in 576 AD, a flotilla of small, wave-tossed, leather-covered boats with tattered cloth sails, came to rest on the rocky shores of Lough Foyle close to the modern-day town of Limavady in what is now County Derry, Ireland. Upon reaching the safety of the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 30, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 4 of 4)

In the last week of July 431 A.D., Patricius left his residence at Ard Mhacha and traveled with his retinue south toward the kingdom of Midhe. He had been summoned, by royal decree, to a meeting with the reigning monarch, king Laoghaire Mac Neill at the court at Tara. His journey would take him along the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on April 1, 2017 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments

Patricius the Roman

Could I have come to Ireland without thought of God, merely in my own interest? Who was it made me come? For here I am a prisoner of the Spirit so that I may not see any of my family. Can it be out of the kindness of my heart that I carry out such a labor of mercy on a people who once captured me when they wrecked my father's…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 16, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 2)

Druid Lochra’s prophecy: 

"A tailcenn (baldhead) will come over the raging sea, with his perforated garments, his crook-headed staff, with his table (altar) at the east end of his house, and all the people will answer 'Amen! Amen!"

Soon after Laoghaire Mac Neill's…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 3, 2017 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 1)

In 431 A.D. and three days after the festival of Lughnasagh, a lone figure stood, head bowed in contemplation, next to one of five carefully positioned chairs, in the Great Assembly Hall at Tara in the province of Royal Midhe. Four of the chairs, laid out to mirror the points of the compass, faced the fifth chair which sat directly…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on February 25, 2017 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

The Founding of Royal Midhe

Most people today will tell you, if you ask, that there are four provinces in Ireland, namely, Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught. What many people are not aware of is the fact that in the distant past, there were actually five provinces, the fifth one being the province called Royal Mide.

At the…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 27, 2016 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

The Slaughter at Magh Cru (Field of Blood)

The following story tells of a seminal event that took place in Ireland during the latter half of the first century A.D., and which set in motion a chain of events that would influence and forever change the political and economic landscapes of Ireland, Britain and Scotland. The event involved three kings, who together…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

John Winston Lennon: Gone But Not Forgotten

Dear John, 

You were a rebel from the beginning and could not have been any other way. You got your survival instincts from your grandparents, who were from County Down, Ireland.

After you were born, during the Second World War in Liverpool England, you lived with your Mother, Julia.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 8, 2016 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

A Brief History of Poetry in Ireland

And there are among them composers of verses whom they call Bards; these singing to instruments similar to a lyre, applaud some, while they vituperate others. -- Diodorus Siculus, 8 BCE

All poets have the uncanny ability to tap into the realm of spirit. It is a gift…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 12, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

The Rise and Fall of Ireland's Hiring Fairs

Above, this map shows the spread of the 'Black Death.'

A silent, unseen killer, born on the arid plains of Central Asia, attached itself to the rampaging Mongol armies, and traveled with them purposefully, along the Silk Road, arriving in the Crimea in 1343. The killer then boarded the myriad of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 17, 2015 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

The Singing Bones

"A writer is not interested in explaining reality. He’s only interested in capturing it.” ~ Brendan Kennelly.

 Inside my father's bones lie a million secrets.

 Secrets passed down the long chain from…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 6, 2014 at 11:00am — 13 Comments

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