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ANACHRONOUS HISTORY FORUMS EUROPE THE WESTERN ISLES Eire (Ireland) Laighin (Leinster) Leinster Discussion Thread

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    Leinster, is one of the provinces of Ireland, situated in the East of Ireland, the name Leinster derives from Laigin, the name of the major tribe that once inhabited this area, Ugaine Mor, (Hugony the Great) who supposedly built the hill fort of Dun Ailinne, near Kilcullen in County Kildare.

    Hugony is a likely, but uncertain candidate as the first historical king of the Laigin, in the 7th century BCE.  From  175 – 185 AD following a period of civil wars in Ireland, the legendary Cathair Mor re-founded the kingdom of the Laigin.

    The legendary Finn Mac Cool, or Fionn Mac Cumhaill, reputedly built a stronghold at the Hill of Allen, on the edge of the Bog of Allen, in what was then Leinster.

    Reference used : Ancient documents.

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    The Ancient Kingdom of Leinster, the territory of Hy-Kinselagh & Cualan. Today’s Wexford, Wicklow, Carlow & part of Dublin.

    Hy-Kinselagh & Cualan with its chieftains and clans in ancient times, O’Dugan, the learned historian of the O’Kelly Princes of Hy-Maine, gives a full account of all the chieftains and clans of ‘Leath Cuin’, (Conn of the Hundred Battles) in the kingdoms of Meath, Ulster, & Connaught.

    But O’Heerin, another learned historian, who died in 1420AD, wrote a continuation of O’Dugan’s topography of Leinster, commencing with the ‘Additional Knowledge On Sacred Erin’, in which he gives an account of all the chieftains and clans of Leath Mogha, Mogha is the kingdoms of Leinster & Munster, and the history of the territories they possessed in the 12th century.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The ancient kingdom of Leinster comprised the present day Counties of Wexford, Carlow & Queen’s County, also Kilkenny and South Dublin, South of the River Liffey. Parts of Kilkenny bordering Tipperary, and the Southern part of the King’s County, the Northern parts that belonged to the Province of Meath.

    Leinster in early times was called ‘Coigeadh Gaillian’ by the Clan of the Fir-Gaillian, signifying expert spear throwing warriors, but at a later date they were recorded by the name of ‘Laighean’, because of the following circumstances :-

    The Irish Prince ‘Labhra Loingseach’ or ‘Laura of the Ships’, was banished to Gaul, and became ‘Commander of the Forces’ of the Gaulish king, and afterwards lad an army of Gauls to Ireland for the recovery of the crown. He landed at Lough Garman, (today’s Wexford Bay) and proceeded to Dinnrigh, the ancient fortress of the kings of Leinster, which was situated near the River Barrow, between Carlow & Leighlin.

    In the pursuing battle, the death of Cobthach Caolbhreagh, the son of Hugony the Great,  and the crowning of Labhra Loingseach as the Ardrigh of Ireland. The name of ‘Garman’, because of the Gaulish colony established by Labhra.

    References used : The Irish Library & The Pedigrees of Erin.

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    Brigit Of Many Names :

    The Celtic Bride & Belisima, The Gaulish Briganti, the Goddess of cattle, fertility, fire, healing, poetry, and blacksmiths or smiths in general, the daughter of Dagda & Dana or Boann, the mother of Ruadan by Bres, in some accounts she was the wife of the Dagda, in others his daughter, while others say that she was the wife of Turenn, and the mother of three sons, Brian, Iuchar & Iucharba.

    Some say she owned two magical oxen, Fea & Feimhean, and a wild boar Treithirne, in some accounts there were three sister-goddesses, who others regarded as a single person. In other accounts she was Dana.

    Also the daughter of Dubhthach & Broicseach, in a some records Broicseach was Dubhthach’s slave and the young Brigit was sold to a druid who reared her as his own.

    In one story she knocked out one of her eyes to make herself unattractive to persistent suitors, but later restored her eye by her magic, she was also responsible at King Labraid’s court, removing the curse of having horse’s ears and returning his normal human ears of the king.

    Reference used : John Coleman

     

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    Brigit of Kildare :

    The name of the Irish Goddess, associated with the Festival of the Imbolc, Brigit was both one goddess and three, she is sometimes linked with two eponymous sisters as she was the divinity of healing, crafts and poetry, she was expert at divination and prophecy, and she was invoked by women in childbirth.

    The goddess was the territorial deity of Leinster, though she was venerated all over Ireland, and she was the daughter of Dagda, it is possible that the Irish goddess was linked with the great northern British deity Brigantia.

    Brigit’s birth and upbringing were steeped in magic, she was born in a druid’s household and received magical milk from the Otherworld. Brigantia, the derivation of this name maybe from the Mother-Goddess Brigit, who is also known as Brigantia.

    There are three tribal locations associated with the name of Brigantia, Northern England, South-East Ireland & Bringantinus Portus of the Northern Gallaeci tribe, now La Coruna, in North West Iberia. A western trade-route for tin, gold, lead & silver.

    There was also a clutch of similar place-tribal names connected with Lake Constance on todays border between Austria & Switzerland. The people of Central Raetia were also called the Brigantii, their tribal capital was Brigantium Raetiae, (now Bregenz) and the ancient Celtic name of Lake Constance was Brigantinus Lacus.

    The Roman place name of Cambodunum, however, does appear in Northern England & Western Austria, by linguistic research both these settlement share the taproot name Brigant, this is more than just a coincidence.

    References used : Miranda Green & Stephen Oppenheimer.

     

     

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