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Pig on a Spit at the Towers

August 19, 2012 all day – The Towers, Ballysaggertmór, Lismore Co Waterford Pig on a Spit – a fund-raiser for the KMD-V Waterford. A new community group to help promote the Southside of the Knockmealdowns for sustainable tourism and citizen health. Organized by Peter O’Connor | Type: bbq, nature, walks, ‘n’, talks, and, medieval, fancy-dress.

See Heritage Week for more details.


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t’Ante Beth settles with newborn. Renamed Kippie.


I got into a ‘discussion’ with someone who insists that the Irish are a Celtic nation – which flies in the face of language and DNA tests. In fact I seem to be arguing a lot about it recently even with my fellow Irish who have swallowed the British spin without question. In fairness so did Pearce, Yeats and many more. However modern science has now proved the Celtic-family crowd to be a rabble – literally.

There’s a great radio-interview with Bob Quinn the first person to direct a feature-length Irish language film on the subject. Very interesting and very clear – without hyperbole and with very few figures to worry about.

Celts never settled in Ireland in any numbers. There is simply NO evidence of Celtic art or workmanship on the Island of Ireland except what was brought in by way of trade. Recent DNA finding’s of Trinity College’s microbiology dept. and a book by Oxford scholarship (Celtic from the West. edited by Barry Cunliffe and John T. Koch)  have proven beyond any doubt that our common Y chromosome comes from Spain & Portugal and before that North Africa. Celts were mid-European peoples and not as dark as the Irish. We would have traded just as much with Spain/Portugal as with France or Britain. Most of our dance may come from flamenco and our early art has far more in common with Arabic than anywhere else. Our music particularly Sean Nós is readily acknowledged as ‘theirs’ by people in W Turkey and countries such as Iran and Iraq.
The whole interview and some great examples of Sean Nós. He brings in art, music, dance, sailing boats (pucáns) and more

Shows how the Irish language is closer to Berber, Arabic and Hebrew as evidenced by the fact that in Irish (and English as we use it) the verb comes first. e.g. I’m after being to the doctor ! When I sailed on the Nile in a traditional boat I did so as if it were a hooker (using my back and leg muscles to steer) and was rewarded with a knowing grin from the captain. It’s another link. According to Bob Quinn “When North African universities develop their genetic analysis I think we’ll find a lot of distant cousins down there”.

We Irish were ‘brought into the Celtic family’ by a Welsh spin-doctor Edward Ward Lhuyd (lloyd) 1660 – 1709  that ‘invented’ the term.  (Wikipedia;  In 1707, having been assisted in his research by fellow Welsh scholar Moses Williams, he published the first volume of Archaeologia Britannica: an Account of the Languages, Histories and Customs of Great Britain, from Travels through Wales, Cornwall, Bas-Bretagne, Ireland and Scotland. Lhuyd noted the similarity between the two Celtic language families: Brythonic or P–Celtic (Breton, Cornish and Welsh); and Goidelic or Q–Celtic (Irish, Manx and Scottish Gaelic). He argued that the Brythonic languages originated in Gaul (France), and that the Goidelic languages originated in the Iberian Peninsula. Lhuyd concluded that as the languages had been of Celtic origin, the people who spoke those languages were Celts. From the 18th century, the peoples of Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales were known increasingly as Celts, and are regarded as the modern Celtic nations today).

“Celtic Nations” arose again in a Queen Victoria government attempt in late 1870’s to try fuse Britain and Ireland as a whole. The term Gael/Gaelic was frowned upon as it resembled Gaul (French) too much. It was at a time when the English were really trying to show a more cohesive face to the world – as they by then straddled it. Ironically it argues diametrically against the writings of Edmund Spenser who wrote (when not penning The Faery Queen) that all (clan) heads of Irish families should be killed and the O and Mc/Mac be denied to any Irish name. Spencer lived in Lismore Castle at the time . He married Lady Cork and became the ancestor of Dianne Spenser mother of the two current English princes .

Lhuyd. Edward;

WHO ARE THE IRISH? :   “The Atlantean Irish”

THE Atlantean Irish book and films show that the island of Ireland was never a remote outpost on the fringes of Europe. From the hunters and fishermen of the megalithic age to the crooked investors, carpetbaggers and drug smugglers of the modern age, from Eastern monks fleeing persecution to 19th century prosletysers, from the Mediterranean to the Baltic, the island has always been regarded as a lucrative trading post and a desirable residence.

(Supported by the Irish Heritage Council – NEWLY REVISED AND REPRINTED 2011)

Available from Lilliput Press, Brandon Books and bookshops.


Available from Lilliput Press, Brandon Books and bookshops.