The Topographical Poems of John O'Dubhagain and Giolla Na Naomh O'Huidhrin

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John O'Donovan
Irish Archaelogical and Celtic Society, 1862 - Ireland - 199 pages
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Page ix - O'Finnallain, now Fenelon. The last of this family who had possession of Dealbhna-mor was Ceallach O'Finnallain, who is mentioned in the Annals of the Four Masters at the year 1174. They were dispossessed soon after by Sir Hugh de Lacy, who granted their territory to Gilbert Nugent, ancestor of the Marquis of Westmeath, and the family have been for many centuries in obscurity and poverty.
Page xxx - The Circuit of Ireland; by Muircheartach Mac Neill, Prince of Aileach; a Poem written in the year 942 by Cormacan Eigeas, Chief Poet of the North of Ireland. Edited, with a Translation and Notes, and a Map of the Circuit, by JOHN O'DosovAN, LL. D., MRIA 2. "A Brife Description of Ireland, made in the year 1589, by Robert Payne, vnto xxv. of his partners, for whom he is vndertaker there.
Page xviii - O'Neills were wont to be created, being of stone planted in the open field." See Fynes Moryson, Rebellion of Hugh Earl of Tyrone, book iii. c. 1 ; and Dublin Penny Journal, vol. i., p. 208 74 Oh-Ogain, now O'Hagan.
Page 21 - ... hair, as black, red, yellow, brown, etc. ; and from his age, as young, old; or from what he addicts himself to, or much delights in, as in draining, building, fencing, or the like ; so that no man whatever can escape a nickname who lives among them, or converseth with them ; and sometimes, so libidinous are they in this kind of raillery, they will give nicknames per antiphrasim, or contrariety of speech. Thus a man of excellent parts, and beloved of all men, shall be called Grdna, that is, naughty,...
Page 32 - Of the assumption of English names by the native Irish. 6. Of the Irish families who retained their ancient names on the Continent and in Ireland. 7. Of Irish family-names anglicised and altered. 8. Of ancient Irish Christian or baptismal names of men, and their modernized forms.
Page xxx - MRIA 3. A Statute passed at a Parliament held at Kilkenny, AD 1367; from a MS. in the British Museum. Edited, with a Translation and Notes, by...
Page 17 - MacGiolla-Mocholmog, the fair, O'Dunchadha,59 of goodly aspect, By them the seasons were regulated, To prove that they were good kings. The three septs of Tuilen60 without blemish, In Meath, though not Meathmen, Are the Fir-Eochain, distinguished among them The Maini, [and] the Britons of lasting fame. Early these men quaff their metheglin : They are the congregation of Caernech. Valiant are the Siol-Domhnaill of fine eyes, King of Ui-Maine is O'Muirchertaigh. O'Modhairn, peaceful king is he, Over...
Page 21 - They take much liberty, and seem to do it with delight, in giving of nicknames ; and if a man have any imperfection or evil habit, he shall be sure to hear of it in the nickname. Thus, if he be blind, lame, squint-eyed, gray-eyed, be a stammerer in speech, be left-handed, to be sure he shall have one of these added to his name ; so also from...
Page lxvi - But the melancholy remark which remains to be made is, that, of the two families first mentioned, there is not, to my knowledge, one individual now existing that may be held in the light of a gentleman, having been all dispossessed long since of their very ancient and large properties ; which, indeed, is the case with many other Irish families, not less illustrious in former times, who are now quite extinct, or reduced to a state of perfect obscurity, for the reason now mentioned.

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