On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish, Volume 2

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Williams and Norgate, 1873 - Ireland - 392 pages
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Page 82 - Scots willingly received them all, and took care to supply them with food, as also to furnish them with books to read, and their teaching, gratis.
Page 82 - This pestilence did no less harm in the island of Ireland. Many of the nobility, and of the lower ranks of the English nation, were there at that time, who, in the days of the Bishops Finan and Colman, forsaking their native island, retired thither, either for the sake of Divine studies, or of a more continent life ; and some of them presently devoted themselves to a monastical life, others chose rather to apply themselves to study, going about from one master's cell to another.
Page 19 - A girdle of gold, inlaid with precious stones, was around him. Two wonderful shoes of gold, with golden loops upon his feet. Two spears with golden sockets in his hands, with many rivets of red bronze. And he was himself, besides, symmetrical and beautiful of form, without blemish or reproach.
Page 309 - This was the character of that dart : it was upon a stream it should be set, and it was from between his toes he should cast it. It made but the wound of one dart in entering the body ; but it presented thirty inverted points against coming back, so that it could not be drawn from a person's body without opening it.
Page 143 - During this time the water was always full of salmon ; and no sooner did the bubbles appear than these salmon darted to the surface and ate the nuts, after which they made their way to the river. The eating of the nuts produced...
Page 45 - It gives an account of the rights of the monarchs of all Ireland, and the revenues payable to them by the principal kings of the several provinces, and of the stipends paid by the monarchs to the inferior kings for their services. It also treats of the rights of each of the provincial kings, and the revenues payable to them from the inferior kings of the districts or tribes subsidiary to them,- and of the stipends paid by the superior to the inferior provincial kings for their services.
Page 198 - Leabhar na h-uidhri states that ' the demoniac power was great, and so great was it that they — that is, the demons — used to tempt the people in human bodies, and that they used to show them...
Page 192 - Airemh was monarch of Erinn; and his queen was the celebrated Edain, a lady remarkable not only for her beauty, but for her learning and accomplishments. One day that Eochaidh was in his palace at Teamair, according to this ancient story, a stranger of remarkable appearance presented himself before him. "Who is this man who is not known to us, and what is his business I" said the king. "He is not a man of any distinction, but he has come to play a game at chess with you,
Page 180 - ... other Celtic nations ; and owing to a peculiarity of national character, which perhaps may be said to remain to the present day, the Britons were more famous for the observance of their religion than the Gauls. For this circumstance we have the authority of...
Page 217 - ... the Mac Fiurmedh fell on the hound ; the satire of Fochlac on the robes ; the satire of the Doss on the arms ; the satire of the Cana on the wife ; the satire of the Cli on the son; the satire of the Anrad on the steed; and the satire of the Ollamh on the king. " It is now too late," O'Curry says, " in the world's age to canvass the power and nature of satire. All that I can say on the subject is this : that from the remotest times down to our own, its power was dreaded in Erinn ; and that we...

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