The Ancient Celtic Ancestry of the O'Brien Family: Their Earliest Surviving Genealogies, Celtic Tribal Origins, Branches, Ancestor-Gods, History, and Rights and Privileges under Brehon Law

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With comprehensive indexing and 22 full-color illustrations, this deluxe paperback edition explores the genealogical traditions of the O'Brien family of Thomond for centuries BEFORE they took the surname Ó Briain. Once considered lost, these are the genealogical secrets of the Celtic Iron Age and Migration Period.

To tell this story, the author accessed the mass of information preserved in the Irish Language since the 7th century in Ireland's most important genealogical manuscripts. These precious documents had been hidden away in a handful of collections since the physical and cultural genocide of the Gaeil in the 17th century, and were therefore inaccessible until recently to almost all Irish, their diaspora, and their genealogists. Happily, these Irish Language manuscripts have finally been set in type and published after waiting between 350 and 850 years.

Because this book uses and translates into English this ancient but newly-available genealogical tradition as it relates to the O'Briens of Thomond, it is the first of its kind about the O'Briens in the modern era.

Physical description - This is the revised, Fifth Deluxe Paperback Edition of 222 pages, 7 X 10 inch format, including 22 color illustrations and comprehensive indexing.

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About the Author:

Jerry Kelly holds an M.A. in Celtic Studies with distinction from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and a B.S. from Yale University. He is also a former Adjunct Professor of Irish Language and Culture at Fordham University.

His coursework at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to date has included Celtic linguistics, archaeology of the Western world and the Middle East, Old Irish, Minoan & Mycenaean archaeology, Modern Irish, the Indo-European expansion and its mythology, Celtic mythology, classical civilization including Greek and Roman religion and Homeric epic, Early Irish Historical Tales, historical research methods, the Celtic Arthur, early Celtic Christianity, the medieval Irish church, and the early modern history of England and Celtic Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.

He taught Irish on behalf of The Irish Arts Center in New York from 1979 to 1981; plus mythology and Seanchas through the medium of the Irish Language at Scoil Ghaeilge Ghearóid Tóibín / The Gerry Tobin Irish Language School from 1989 to 2007; and Irish and Irish Gaelic culture at Fordham from 2008 to 2010.

He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Irish Institute of Molloy College, teaches Irish on behalf of Cumann Carad na Gaeilge / The Philo-Celtic Society (www.philo-celtic.com), writes the Seanchas column for the Irish Language magazine AN GAEL, and is a member of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the American Irish Teachers Association.

He is also the author of a number of books and articles in Irish and in English including "Before the Kilt: How the Irish and Scots Dressed in the 16th Century" (Druid Press, 2011), "An Chopail in Abairtí Aicme" (Druid Press, 2012), and "Celts, Germans, Jews and Other Surprises at Roanoke: The Beginning of Multi-Ethnic America" (Druid Press, 2013).

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