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ANCIENT IRELAND:

HER MILESIAN CHIEFS,

HER KINGS AND PRINCES.-HER GREAT MEN.

HER STRUGGLES FOR LIBERTY.

HER APOSTLE ST. PATRICK.-HER RELIGION.

BY

MARTIN A. O'BRENNAN, LL.D.

Principal of the Collegiate Seminary, 57, Bolton-street, Dublin.

béjó banba mo, čírsa,
Gan anrur, for, raorta,
béjó an Sacson a g-car,
'S a réjm njoga fa bar.
'S é mo įreaċ 's mo črão,
Waċ císimre féin an lá,
a b-fuil éireanujj an graó,
'S an t-saoirtače s an o-tra'.

u, braojnoajn.

DUBLIN:

JOHN MULLANY, 1, PARLIAMENT STREET,

1855.

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Dedication.

TO THE VERY REV. JOHN SPRATT, D.D.

Very REVEREND DEAR SIR,

I take leave to dedicate to you, whose friendship it has been my pride to enjoy for many years, this poor effort of my pen in behalf of Ireland, her language, and religion. It has been usual with authors to seek out what are termed great names, to whom to dedicate their works : I have not been singular in this respect, as I have selected the name of one, whose untiring exertions in the cause of charity and temperance have ranked him amongst the greatest benefactors of the human family. It is not titles nor riches that confer elevation—these may be, and are, often possessed by the most worthless and degenerate. It is moral worth confers dignity; not dignity, worth. In you, then, I behold that worth which, in my mind, constitutes the great and good man. Hence I have taken the liberty of dedicating this unpretending work to you, whose zeal for our old language is surpassed only by that for religion and temperance. I have to say, in conclusion, that, if ever a grateful heart offered a sincere tribute to friendship and worth, this is tendered, Very Reverend Dear Sir, to you by

Your devoted, affectionate

Disciple and friend,

MARTIN A. O'BRENNAN.

Collegiate Seminary, 57, Bolton-street, Dublin.

June, 1855.

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