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M.A., LL.D., T.C.D., M.R.I.A.
One of the Commissioners for the Publication of the Ancient Laws of Ireland

AUTHOR OF
"A SOCIAL HISTORY OF ANCIENT IRELAND"

"A SHORT HISTORY OF IRELAND"
"IRISH NAMES OF PLACES" "OLD CELTIC ROMANCES"
"ENGLISH AS WE SPEAK IT IN IRELAND"

" ANCIENT IRISH MUSIC"
"OLD IRISH FOLK MUSIC AND SONGS"
AND OTHER WORKS RELATING TO IRELAND

EIGHTEENTH EDITION

DUBLIN

M. H. GILL AND SON

1912

J6

HISTORY I

Printed by PONSON BY & Gibbs, University Press, Dublin.

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PREFACE.

The first part of this little book (down to page 187) is an abridgment of my larger work, "A Short History of Ireland," of which the very words are used here as far as possible. The whole book is of necessity greatly condensed, containing much matter in little space : but it is not a cram book. It is a connected intelligible narrative, into which I have tried to infuse some life and human interest.

The series of short Chapters forming Part I., on the Literature, Art, and Institutions of ancient Ireland, will, I hope, prove useful; and perhaps they may be found interesting. In four of them I have given, in language as simple and clear as I could command, a popular exposition of a subject not easy to deal with the Brehon Laws, including those relating to land.

I have, I hope, written soberly and moderately, avoiding exaggeration and bitterness, and showing fair play all round. A writer may accomplish all this while sympathising heartily, as I do, with Ireland and her people.

P. W. J.

DUBLIN, 1909.

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