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?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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