A history of Ireland by Edmund Curtis

By Edmund Curtis

A concise background of eire which covers the interval 6000 BC to 1972.

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The arch-see of Leinster was located in Dublin instead of Glendalough, in order to detach the Ostmen from Canterbury. The present bishop, Gregory, accepted the new title and Ostman separatism came to an end. Many at the time thought it have only two archbishops, Armagh and Cashel, but it seems that Tuam and Leinster were added sufficient to for Ireland, THE END OF GAELIC INDEPENDENCE 45 to gratify provincial pride. Unfortunate Meath, whose kings were weak, had no metropolitan granted to it. On paper the lines of a national self-governing and episcopal church had been laid down with the approval of Rome, but to be a success it needed a reformed and powerful State, and of this there was little hope.

But his rights came to him by popular acceptance, and no 'stranger in the sovereignty* could for long hope to govern an Irish state. The strength and the weakness of the Irish political structure were to be sorely and it was shown that though weak was strong in local resistance. The the Gaelic order was a high one. tested again before long, in central command survival- value of We now to the it political events that led up In 1086 Turloch O'Brien died at briefly follow the Norman invasion. Kincora at the great age of seventy-seven, 'King of Ireland* according to the annals of Loch C6.

Sigurd the Stout, earl of Orkney, offered himself and two thousand Norsemen in mail and was promised in return the hand of Gormflath, and with it the kingdom of Erin. The rendezvous was to be on the high ground between Dublin and the Tolka. There on Good Friday, April 23, 1014, Brian, marching up from Kincora, faced the allies on the slope of Crinan's Hill north of the river. His army, levied from all Munster, was swelled with his vassals from south Connacht, of whom Taig O'Kelly was the most ardent spirit.

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