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ard rí

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[Ir., high king].

In many Irish narratives the ard rí of Ireland was portrayed as ruling all of the island from Tara, where he was crowned. Countless legends and pseudo-histories...

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bardic schools

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Texts concerning the education of pre‐Norman poets, jurists, and historians, such as the brehon law tracts, Middle Irish tracts on versification edited by Thurneysen, and the Auraicept na...

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Cenn Fáelad

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Seventh-century warrior and poet thought to have completed the writing of the Brehon Laws. Sometimes credited with the writing of Auraicept na nÉces [Scholar's Primer]. A member of the Uí...

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chancery

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(from the Latin cancella, ‘screen’, hence a screened-off place, or office) The writing-office attached to the court of a ruler, pope, etc. Since it supplied the writ necessary for a lawsuit...

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common law in Ireland

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The transmission of the common law into Ireland began with the arrival of the first Anglo Norman settlers in 1169. The process was formalized when, in 1210, King John (1167–1216) ...

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dáil

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(O.Ir. dál, originally a meeting, tryst, or encounter of any kind, sometimes amatory or hostile, was used by extension in the brehon law tracts for a lawsuit, or legal sentence ...

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Eugene O'Curry

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(1796–1862),

scholar. Born in Dunaha near Carrigholt, Co. Clare, he was the son of a story-teller, and collector of manuscripts. After a period spent labouring and teaching in his...

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fasting

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Going without food. The metabolic fasting state begins some 4 hours after a meal, when the digestion and absorption of food is complete and body reserves of fat and glycogen begin to be...

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female warriors and champions

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Celtic traditions abound in assertive women, historical, mythological, and legendary. Some commentators have argued that the relatively equitable status accorded women in the Brehon Laws of...

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Féni

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Name for the Goídels, allegedly the third invaders of early Ireland, in their own language; the Féni followed the Eacute;rainn and the Lagin. Unlike their predecessors, the Féni are said to...

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