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ST Patrick's Day is here and this month people from all over the world will be celebrating the fact that we all have a bit of Irish in us. That statement has more truth in it than you may know, a fact that I will be discussing in our next issue under the subject of the Druids and the Irish Empire. So watch out for some very interesting information about the Irish travels in ancient times.

But since it is March our "Featured Irish Historic Character" is Saint Patrick himself and I offer you a somewhat alternative story to ponder. The story is derived from historical accounts which stand up more steady under scrutiny than the popular "history" fed to us in our sanctioned history books.

Remember to use our new search engine feature if you have a particular town or village that you want to find quickly. You can even enter in a surname and the engine will take you to any pictures or references to that name.

Slan agas beannacht

Brendan

History of Featured Image

Basically this feature allows you to have your name (or any name) inserted onto an old picture from out collection of a pub or shop front in Ireland.

We launched this exciting new feature back in October and originally it was intended to be used for just one image (IL453NAME) .

However we have received such great feedback that we have already added another image (IL454NAME) and will be adding more to the set in the near future.

Featured Historic Irish Character - Michael Collins, Political Collection

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We would like to remind you that our "Irish Life" and "Political" collections offer the best selections of our most popular Images. Our option A (14" x 11" matted) or option C (24" x 18" matted) are standard size and frame ready, and look great displayed on the walls of Irish pubs, Irish restaurants, waiting rooms etc.

If you are ordering more than 10 of either of these options please phone or email us for a quote and we will give you a generous discount.

Peat gathering in Ireland, Irish Life Collection. Peat gathering in Ireland, Irish Life Collection.

Peat gathering in Ireland, Irish Life Collection.

Legend has it that the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart Benandonner. One version of the legend tells that Fionn fell asleep before he got to Scotland. When he did not arrive, the much larger Benandonner crossed the bridge looking for him. To protect Fionn, his wife Oonagh laid a blanket over him so he could pretend that he was actually their baby son.

In a variation, Fionn fled after seeing Benandonner's great bulk, and asked his wife to disguise him as the baby. In both versions, when Benandonner saw the size of the 'infant', he assumed the alleged father, Fionn, must be gigantic indeed. Therefore, Benandonner fled home in terror, ripping up the Causeway in case he was followed by Fionn.

Another variation is that Oonagh painted a rock shaped like a steak and gave it to Benandonner, whilst giving the baby (Fionn) a normal steak. When Benandonner saw that the baby was able to eat it so easily, he ran away, tearing up the causeway.

Irish Character Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick

The written accounts of Saint Patrick are suspect, to put it mildly. Honest students of ancient Irish history have always eventually had to face the fact that the true history of the Irish people was hidden, supressed and changed, in order to support the "story" that we read in our history books, This "story" being no less than a fabrication cleverly put in place to hide some very important truths. Please bear in mind that it is not Saint Patrick himself whose validity is in question, but the authenticity of the story that surrounds his name.

The "story" goes something like this : Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century and was kidnapped and sold to slavery in Ireland, where he escaped six years later. He returned to Britain only to receive a message from God in the form of a dream encouraging him to become a priest and to bring the message of "Christianity" to the barbarians of Ireland. Along with some other priests he again returned to Ireland where he built over 300 churches and became known as the "Bishop of Ireland". Patrick converted most of the population to "Christianity" by preaching the biblical gospels that told of the life and times of Jesus Christ.

The problem with all of this is that the true history of Ireland (unlike the popular historic accounts) tells that the people of Ireland were not "barbarians", and in fact so called "History" is back to front on this subject. The Romans Catholics were the barbarians who murdered the Druids and attempted to wipe all memory of them from the face of the planet. The Irish Druids that Patrick was so eager to dispose of were the teachers and keepers of a quality of life that in every way far exceeded that which replaced it. The true story tells us that the people of the British Isles who lived thousands of years BC were more than familiar with the Christ. In fact the story of the Christ (Lesu Chrestus) was taken from the teachings of the ancient Druids and incorporated into the new roman religion of Christianity and then into Roman Catholoic Empire. . Read on and enjoy  >>

Jack B. Yeats, Historical Names Of Places Collection

CORK CORCACH. "A MARSH" - The city of Cork derives its name (Coreach - "a Marsh") from the fact that it is built over fourteen marshy islands between the hills at the head of the tidal waters of the River Lee...

This Issue's Featured Image :
DOWNPATRICK - DUN PATRIAC. SAINT PATRICK'S FORT
Historical Names of Places
The Jack B. Yeats Collection

Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) was a member of the famous Yeats family and brother to W.B. Yeats (a celebrated Irish artist). He began this collection in the early 1920s (which he named "Historical Names of Places"). It was initially as a commercial venture in an attempt to create some much needed income for the then struggling family, by selling reprints on the American market. These beautiful water colour pictures were representations of the mythological meaning of the names of Irish towns and cities.

Unfortunately due to lack of sales the collection was never finished, and the copyright for the initial 52 pictures was sold to Carroll's Cigarette Company. For many years a card size version of any one of these pictures was found inside a packet of Carroll's cigarettes. When the copyright expired in the 1960s the cigarette company discontinued the promotion and the collection fell into the public domain. It is our estimation that if this amazing collection had been completely finished it would have amounted to well over 500 pictures.

Dun Patriaic, "St. Patrick's Fort", often called Down, was the headquarters of the kings of Ulster before being the home of St. Patrick. "Down", says St. Patrick's Testament, "where my resurrection shall be in the rath of Celtar son of Dui"; so too the old Latin rhyme rendered thus: "Now three in Down one grave do fill, Patrick, Brigid and Columcille". The traditional grave of St. Patrick is marked by a rude and massive stone inscribed PATRAIC. The monastery and the cathedral church of Down have been built since St. Patrick's time. John de Courcy seized the place in 1177, and reigned there independently from John's accession until 1205.