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March 7, 2023

When people talk about the Brehon Laws we often hear mention of how women's rights were very good in early Ireland.


While this is true in many respects, it would be slightly misguided to say that women were 'equal' to men in all respects.


But it is important to note...

September 27, 2023

Written around 700 AD the Crith Gablach, which means ‘branched purchase’, set out the principle guidelines that should be aspired to in an ideal society.


Ancient Ireland could be described as a renter economy with a carefully defined social hierarchy. Status was determ...

September 20, 2023

Uraicecht Becc – The Short Primer



This poetic manuscript declares the King of Munster to be be supreme and makes reference to monastries in Emly and Cork; both counties of that province. For this reason it is believed to be of Munster origin. 


It has been argued by D....

July 14, 2023

Bretha Nemed –The Judgements of the Privileged Classes



The significance of status in early Irish society cannot be over-emphasised. Several important texts outline the intricate classifications which were based primarily on hereditary rights, kin-ship, property owners...

June 15, 2023

Here are the Destructions:
The Three Circuits of the House of Lir1
The Posession of Burach's House*
The Destruction2 of the House of Dumha
The Difference of Cathbhad's House*
The Destruction of Nechtain's House3
The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel
The Destruction of...

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