O'Byrne

O'Byrne is one of the great names of the Wicklow area south of Dublin. As well as giving an account of the O'Byrnes and their history, the two books of Edward Rutherfurd's Irish saga follow the story of a fictional branch, the O'Byrnes of Rathconan, from a princely ancestor at the time of Saint Patrick through to the Irish Free State. Sometimes chiefs and abbots, sometimes poor folk - one, who leaves Ireland with the 'Wild Geese' - gains wealth and a title in Europe before returning. But whatever their condition the O'Byrnes of Rathconan are usually striking and romantic figures.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
For perhaps 600 years, the patron saint of England - not Britain - has been Saint George. Before St George, there were several candidates for the position, including the last king of the ancient Saxon royal house, St Edward the Confessor, son of the disastrous King Ethelred the Unready. But St Edward was a monkish fellow, always praying, and never popular. Whereas St George, by repute, had slain a dragon on top of a well-known beauty spot in southern England. The fact that he was most likely an obscure third-century Roman, who had never been to the British Isles in his life, and is unlikely to have met a dragon, could be forgotten. He was heroic, he had a fine silver shield with a bold red cross on it, like a crusader. And the Londoners liked him and made him their own. When this author was a Wolf Cub and a Boy Scout in his childhood, he always had to march in the big St George’s Day parade, on the twenty-third day of this month !




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