John Anthony Brennan's Blog Posts Tagged 'of' (8)

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 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 Battle of Cúl Dreimhne (Battle of the Book)

In early Christian Ireland the old Druidic tradition collapsed due to the spread of the Christian faith. The study and learning of Latin, coupled with the new Christian theology in monasteries, was flourishing. In 561 AD a seminal event occurred that would have a profound and long lasting effect on Irish…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 19, 2016 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Samhain: Celtic New Beginning.

In the early evening they would gather in the grove, beneath the sheltering embrace of the sacred white oak tree. The Master had carefully dowsed the area, and had chosen it for the serene beauty and peaceful aura. The salmon-filled, crystal clear waters of the river wound a course through…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 27, 2016 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

The Destruction of the Kingdom of Brega

Ask most people who they believe were the first group of foreigners to launch highly organized, violent raids in Ireland, and more often than not, they will say it was the Vikings, who raided Lambay Island in 795 A.D. What many people are not aware of is the fact that a century before the emergence of the Vikings, an equally…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 14, 2016 at 7:30pm — 6 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 Poet's Glen and Creggan Vale

Three of Ireland’s well-loved 18th century Gaelic poets lie at rest in the graveyard of Creggan Church, near to my hometown of Crossmaglen, County Armagh. The poets, Filid Art Mc Cooey, Padraig MacAliondain and the rapparee poet Seamus mor MacMurphy sleep under the oaks and elms in the company…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 7, 2016 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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