The Life of Saint Grellan, Patron of the O'Kellys, and of the Tribes of Hy-maine ...

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J. Duffy & sons, 1881 - 30 pages
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Page 11 - I have also shown in that essay that the earlier colonists in the country, the Firbolg and Tuatha De Danann tribes, which our historians bring hither from Greece at a very remote period, were accustomed to build, not only their fortresses, but even their dome-roofed houses and sepulchres, of stone without cement, and in the style now usually called Cyclopean and Pelasgic.
Page 23 - ... my successor, And among the Gaels north and south, their's shall be the unerring director. Frequent my sacred church which has protected each refugee, Refuse not to pay your tribute to me, and you shall receive as I have promised. My blessing on the agile race, the sons of Maine of chess-boards, That race shall not be subdued, so as they carry my crozier.
Page 7 - ... arrived in Ireland, from the Euxine sea ; and finding the island without inhabitants, took possession and settled therein. After a time his people were much annoyed by pirates from Africa, whom they called Fomorians, who wasted the coasts by their inroads. He fought four battles with them ; in the last, his son Art, who had been born in Ireland, was slain with most of his people, which so afflicted him that he died of grief. His descendants remained in Ireland 216 years, during which time they...
Page 26 - Comharbas of the saint. It was in existence so late as the year 1836, it being then in the possession of a poor man named John Cronelly, the senior representative of the Comharbas of the saint, who lived near Ahascra, in the east of the county of Galway ; but it is not to be found now in that country. It was probably sold to some collector of antiquities, and is not now known.
Page 5 - Murray (John). See Handbooks, etc. O'Dubhagain (John). The topographical poems of John O'Dubhagain and Giolla na Naomh O'Huidhrin. Edited in the original Irish... with translation, notes and introductory dissertations, by John O'Donovan. Dublin : Irish Archaological and Celtic Society, 1862. 4 pl, [64] 135, cxxxvii pp.
Page 26 - Laws', which vested the comhorbship of the church and its lands in two families, namely, in that of the patron saint or founder, and in that of the person who gave the original site and endowment. " It was the family of the patron saint that invariably supplied the abbot, as long as there could be found among them, even a psalm-singer, to take the office...
Page 22 - The race of Maine, both women and men, pay a sgreaball caethrach" to St. Grellan. St. Grellan presides over their battles, ie the crozier of St. Grellanp, or some such, is borne in the standard of the king of HyMany. Seven MS. is quoted by Crofton Croker, in his Researches in the South of Ireland, pp. 242, 246, but he refers these passages to Cloyne, in the county of Cork, instead...
Page 25 - ... generally it signified successor in a see, church, or monastery ; but, in due course, it had a wider signification, and the Comhorba was regarded as the vicar — a legal representative of the Patron Saint, or founder of the Church. But, the word Comhorba is not exclusively ecclesiastical ; for in the ancient laws of Erin, it meant the heir and conservator of the inheritance ; and, in the latter sense, it is always used, in our ecclesiastical writings.*
Page 24 - Manachia: domibus patroni sui S. Grillani successoribus tres denarii quotannis, primus porculus, primus agnus, et primus equinus, deferebantur." P The crozier of St. Grellan. — [See pp. 13, 14, supra]. This crozier was preserved for ages in the family of O'Cronghaile, or Cronelly, who were the ancient Comharbas of the saint. It was in existence so late as the year 1836, it being then in the possession of a poor man named John...

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