Irish History Lecture

(Stair na hÉireann)
Ná Croch na Cearca! (Don’t Hang the Hens!)
An exploration into Early Irish Life and Law.
Presented by Una McGillicuddy

Brehon Law is the body of ancient native Irish law which was generally operational in Gaelic areas until the completion of the English conquest of Ireland inthe early 17th century. About the time of Elizabeth I, the Brehon laws were banned and English commonlaw was introduced.

Although part of the oral tradition and of unknown age, the Brehon laws were first set down on parchment in the 7th century and were named after the Brehons (na breithimh) who acted as interpreters of the law when called upon. This code of law transmits so much about the character of early Irish life – it’s hierarchy, the central place of farming and cattle-raising, the relationship to the land and property, marriage and child-raising, sickness and healing – among other aspects of life.

Una McGillicuddy will discuss some of the principles upon which the Brehon laws were based along with examples that will surprise, delight and probably confound! Her main interest is in exploring what was meaningful to these living men and women and what, if anything, we can learn from them and apply to our own lives and time.

Una McGillicuddy hails from Dublin where she studied Irish and Classical Civilization at Trinity College. She has lived in New York since 1985 and has taught Irish with Daltai na Gaeilge and at other language immersion events. She is delighted to be invited to Fairfield and to exchange ideas in both Irish and English.

Sunday, October 2, 2022
2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Tickets – $5.00 (Students with ID $2.00)
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Sponsored by: Féile, Inc.
Hosted by: Fréamh Éireann Genealogy & GAC Language Groups
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Una McGillicuddy hails from Dublin where she studied Irish