Monday, September 27, 2010

cant figure out how to open this anys uggestions anybody



High fly my son the 10 cent kite

Upon the winds you soar

Beneath your eyes, the lure of sky
In studied look is more
than I can apprehend.

The dreams of youth

The fancied flight

The learning, knowing, burning light
The fire and fervor, distant sweet
The challenge ever shall you meet.

Head thrown back, hair askew

Just the 10 cent kite and you

Floating through the sky so blue,
Always thoughts anew you soar.

Judi Donnelly

from Poems
copyright 1971
Dundee N
























Judi Donnelly
copyright 25 September 2010

sourse: the Anecdota, Lives of Saints #5, Whitley Stokes, Oxford, 1890



When Nat Fraechs son Oengus was king of Munster a child was born at Ciaraige Luachra of the Altraig Caille of Corcu Duibne on the south Atlantic at Tralee bay across from the Dingle peninsula.

This child was blessed and special from birth and the people saw him as a vision .as related to the bishop Eirc ,as a child full of grace and the holy spirit.

His father was Findlug decended from the maic Olchon ,the 11th derbfine of father, son, grandson and great grandson since maic Rosa 1100 years earlier.
His mother unnamed.

At this time the child was to be born a prophet called Bec mac De [littel son of breathe] came to the home some distance from that of Findlug at the Altraig, and this prophet told Airde m Fidach that a worthy king would be born that night between his hostel and the sea and on that same night 30 cows gave birth to 30 calves at the wealthy hostel of Airde.

In the morn Airde m Fidach went out and asked for the house where the little child was born and he found Finnlugs house and the babe and blessed the newborn child with the 30 cows and their calves.
These were Brenains first alms.

He than lifted up the child in his arms and announced he would foster him forever.

The bishop, who had heard the vision at the childs mother, beheld a wood in flame in Altraig, his parish ,and that tended by Angels in bright white garments.

He came early next moring to Findlugs house and took the child in hand saying:
'O man of God take me to thee as thy own monk.'
He than baptized the small newborn infant.
His parents Findlug and his wife called the child MOBI.

Shortly therafter a Broenfinn came upon the land and filled the entire Fenet townland in Kerry .This deep white mist fog know as white rain a Broenfinn.

3 purple molti [weather lambs] were paid for the baptism fee and his parents kept the infant in his own house for a year.

He was fostered than to his foster mother ITA ,where he stayed 5 years with the nun and her virgins.
All in white habit and he read his psalms for the bishop Eirc at Altraighe and he had his own sister Brig with him there whom he loved.

When Broenfinn was 10 he was with bishop Eirc who took him in the carpait with him to preach to an order of monks.

Brenain remained in the cart singing psalms when a full grown blond woman daughter of the king there , teased and tempted the child.
But MOBI took the reigns of the chariot and beat her so that she cried out and ran screaming to the palace.

The bishop came and chided the child` for beating the young woman and as penance he was sent into a local cave for the night.
Brenain sang there and his voice like that of Coluim cille was heard for a thousand paces on either side and his melodieous voice rang out from the cave of Fenit.
From that time on, no one but the champion Finnan the Bent could look at the childs radiant face.

At a later time Brenain and the bishop met a frightened young man on the road with 7 wariours behind him bound to do him to death.

Brenain than baid the youth lie in the shadow of a nearby pillar stone and when the 7 warriors came they mistook the stone for the victim beheaded the stone, stabbed it in the side and took the beheaded top with them in the shape of the head of their enemy.
The pillar stone still stands there as Brenain had turned the stone into the man and the man himself into the standing stone.
and thus the 7 warriors repented there deed forever.

Brenain then left the bishop Eirc and went to Connacht to Iarlaithe Mug mac Tren m Fiacc m Moch m Bresal m Sirach m Fiacha the Fair where he learned all the rules of the Irish saints.

on his way there to the west of Connacht he had studied with Colman mac Lenin the warrior whom he met on the road.

Lenin the warrior repented his past deeds and he built a church to the Lord.

When the studies with old Iarlaithe were done, a chariot was built to carry the old man to the place of his reserrection [place of dying] and this to be when the shaft of the cart broke and this did occur not far from his western home at Tuain da Gualau , Mound of the 2 shoulders, and there Iarlaithe is buried in this graveyard.

Broen then went on to Mag Ai and there as an Aingel [angel] met him on the road he wrote the whole church rule which still remains for the ecclesiatic.
Also the rule of the Aingels,
And the rule of the Saints of Ireland.
These have been written by Broen Find , MOBI.

He went to bishop Eirc and was confirmed a priest and he thence desired to be in a land separate from men but comfortable and a voice came to him and told him his desire would be fullfilled and he would find the Land of Promise and the Saint thus went up Sliab Daidche and he gazed out at the whole mighty dofolachta[intolerable] ocean on every side. For 3 days he stayed there and then he slept wence an angel came and taught him how to find the beautiful Ilse he sought and desired. the Inse.

When Brenain left Sliabe Daidche he went to his family where he asked them to build 3 large vessels with 3 sails made of hides and 3 rows of oars for each ship and 30 men aboard each ship not all of them clerics.

And so Brenain m Finnlug sailed over the wave voice of the strong sea and over the green waves and the mouth of the bitter salt ocean full of monsters and great sea whales.

For 5 Years these 3 ships thus sailed and they suffered no loss of their people or any injury.

They had provision from the sea and so God fed them as he had fed the 5000 on the 5 loaves and 2 fishes.

The family of Brenain who were with him ,urged him to land the ship for Easter and they kept a calender of time and the direction of the voyage and Brenain let God provide for the Easter with a level island in the ocean where they celebrated Easter for 1 day and 2 nights and returned to their vessel wence the island disapeared beneith the sea.
And this celebration they did for 7 Years.

[this so reminds me of the song Balli Hi my special Island from the musical South Pacific.
Balli Hi I hear you calling come to me come to me].

Brenain saw a devil came upon the vessel and none other saw him but the creature foul sat upon the sails and he the devil revealed the gates of Hell to Brenain.
A rough hot foul, bitter ,flaming river fearsome and devoid of comfort and tormenting.

Shortly they found a maiden in the sea fully grown of yellow hair and white as the foam .Dead. A spearhead passed through her chest.

This maiden of the seas Breanain revived by miracles and baptized her and then she died again and was buried there of the sea.

They came to an island and sailed round it for 12 days but did not land and after the 7th year of voyaging, Brenain returned to his own country where his own tribe and folk came to meet him and brought him gifts and treasure.

He therafter confered with his bishop Eirc and his foster mother ITa who advised him to sail again for his land of Promise where mens blood had never been shed.
On this advise of Ita, he traveled to Connacht where a great vessel was built and he again embarqued with his household and his people, plants seeds, wrights ,and smiths and a buffoon and all told they were 60 men.
they sailed of to Aran.

When they had landed at Aran where Enda dwelt, they remained there for a month with PuPu and Rochath and going thence westward from Aran they came to a great lofty beautiful island filled with mice like Sea Cats.
The strand and traiga so full of them they coud not land least they be swallowed up.

The crew brethern asked Brenain what these mice desired and he replied 'To eat us and swallow us up.'

He sent the buffoon to communion of the body and blood of Christ as he woud soon go th eternal life as Brenain heard the Aingels calling him.

The buffoon was happy at this and wondered what good things he had done to be taken at once to Heaven and with exceding joy he leaps to shore and the muircats devoured him all but a few bones.

His brethern hence buried him and his name was entered into the martyology.
[How they acquired the few bones from the traig is not stated.]

After they left this lovely island, the smith on board took ill and died.
The consept of immediate entry to Heaven upon death then reserrection was deeply engrained in this early christian doctrine and hence he did not fear death as an end but merely a tranference to another more perfect world.

This belief holds today in 2010 amongst the extreme folowers of Islam and hence gives individuals a greater ability to tred into danger, to explore and to act out, then would normally be instintive self preservation.
It is an understanding almost pre requisite to wars of which Christianity has brought an unending dedication to death reserrection and the eternal end.

The breathern were conserned over this burial of the dead smith as burial could not take place as there was no land.

Brenain declared the body should be buried in the waves of the sea for he who had made Heaven and Earth was also able to contain and part the waves.
The body was hence weighted down to decend beneith the waves ,unable to rise to the brine and unable to move hither and thither by the weight just as it would be placed in a grave contained on land.
Where it would remain until judgment day.

The consept of burial in one place, a containment of bones and skulls on land rather than at sea very pagan and ancient to mariners.
Perhaps older than the Flood and visual today on the great hilltop cairns in Ireland near the sea. Towering castles of ancient burial sites of a people of the sea.
The Sligo one,Strandhill, visable on both sea and land and holding a mystery of its own site. An attraction to it above , urging the desire to go there.

After the burial they landed in a harbor of a small island.
The harbor filled with black devils and pygmies.

They cast out their anchor there for 7 days and nights and at the end of that time they are unable to raise this anchor and had to cut it loose amongst the rocks.

It should be there still today and can be found when the great sea dries up and strangers can walk upon the bottom among the carnage and pillage of mans life upon the briny deep.
As it tries today to map with bathaspere and drag net.

Brenain conmissioned one of the untrained prists to cast a new anchor and blessed this clerics hands that the priest made as anchor so wonderful that none has ever been found like it before or after.

The ship voyaged onward westward its Aingel carryed on its prow before it and came to another small island with fish which had gone from the ocean sea shore into enclosures within this ford.

A church of stone aand a white man in prayer this old ancient bloodless fleshless and a leather skined enclosure of bones.
A mummy who spoke and told them to flee swiftly this island for the monster Sea Cat[muircat] living on this island greatly overgrown from feeding on the islands plenty.

The men immediatly returned to their vessel and row away and view the seacat coming after them and they were praying out of fear as this monster with eyes bigger than cauldrons, the mouth of a leopard, hair on him and boars tusk; the strength of a lion and the tenacity of a hound dog.

When Brenainn prayed to God to relieve them a great whale [mioilmor] arose beteen the ship and this cat and they battled savagely drowning each other and never more seen again.

They than retured to the old leather man at the stone Church and the old man told them he was of the men of Ireland.
12 who had gone on pilgrimage and that muircat had come with them as a little dear bird.

The work of today have really proven the science that todays birds were once dinosaurs who may have been these muircats.
[a cath in irish is a battle].

The 11 other pilgrims had eventually died leaving the old leather man there alone.
He desired Brenain to give him the body and blood of Christ that he may go to Heaven and they administed the sacraments and this old pilgrim died and went to Heaven.
He is buried there on the island with his 11 pilgrim brethern in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Ghoast.

The old man had directed them on to the Land of Promise they were seeking and they went on to it ending this 7 year voyage.
Here, before they landed a voice came saying:

O Ye toilsome men!
O hallowed pilgrim
O Folk that entreat the Heavenly reward!
O ever weary life expecting this land
Stay a little now for your labor.'

and he said to them,

'Why do ye not take this noble beautiful land where a human beings blood has never been shed?
And wherein it is no need to bring sinners and evil men.'

[note the Souix and previous refusal of natives americans to pollute the earth with the dead.
Raising them instead on racks in the sun for the birds to pick their bones clean and the pagan Irish cremation when then Ireland had no graves at it does today .
Many cairns on the mt tops and the Norwegian placement of bodys on the burning ship sent out to sea.
The land was to be kept pure and free of human sinners. No bodies to the mother earth .India too also has funeral pyres and ashes to the river for the dead.]

He had entreated them to leave everything that they had and come into the land which they did.

The old man invited them to search the plains of paradise and the fields of the radient profitable land,
blessed and full of sweet smelling flowers.

A land of health and no sickness
Union with out envy
Freedom without labor.
Unity with angels.
Feasting with out exaction
A life blessed, just, protected and noble; without darkness and any sin, without weakness,
having shining uncorruptable bodies.

Vast in light and fruitfulness,
stability ,secure precousious, melodious and holy.
Peaceful and unified.

Truly the American Dream.

Happy is, said he, the old glory man, where BrainFind m Findlug shall call into union to inhabit forever the island where we stand.

And perhaps that call, the gortmor of the Irish potato of sir Walter Raleigh, minister of the Queen.

The voice personified in the old man with no rainement. His body covered by white feathers like a dove and his voice like an aingel.
His bell is struck and thanksgiving tierce is sung.

This the preaching made by Sylvester, Abbot of Rome
[Abbacys were hereditary]
to Constantine the Emperor ,son of Helena, over king of the World, at the Great Assembly ,when Constantine offered Rome to Peter and Paul.

This preaching came to Phillip, son of Gordian, king of Rome from Fabien ,successor of Peter and this Elijah preaches from his book.

The souls of righteousness
come in the form of
Bright white Birds.

And thus Elijah speaks of his love, the sorrows of Doomsday and hell.
Then the birds full of joy, become sorrowful and beat their wings till streams of blood flow out of them of these 2 Sorrows of Heavens Kingdom.

This with the exotic strife of Doomsday and the Day of Judgement and the Book of Names held by St Peter at the gates to meet out the punishments to sinners and rewards for rightousness and the message of unity through the intervention of BroenFinn son of Findlug, that we, mankind, may reach a unity with God forever.

And thus ends the Stokley translation of the Brussles MS written in Gaelic of the life and voyages, the Rama, of this holy child of south west Ireland born and alive in the christain early era.

No mention is made his return from his second voyage when he and his crew and family found the Land of Promise and perhaps the basis for the old practice of wakeing the emmigrant to America by the common peasants of Ireland that they would never return to Erinn and hence woud be dead to that land and thus it is so.
Even when the emmigrant has lost his family ,his land right ,his language, his community and place and when he returns seeking this, he becomes a rich American tourist.

Judi Donnelly
copyright 25 September 2010

Anecdota Oxoniensia, Lives of Saints ,from the Book of Lismore #5, Whitley Stokes DCL, Oxford, 1890

Monday, September 20, 2010

old women of beara


Digdi was the name of the Old Woman of Beara.

It is of Corca Dubne she was and she had her youth seven times over, and every man that had lvied with her died of old age, and her grandsons and great grandsons were tribes and races.
And through a hundred years she wore upon her head the veil Cuimire had blessed.

Then age and weakness came upon her and it is what she said:

"Ebbtide to me as to the sea; old age brings me reproach; I used to wear a shift that was always new; today I have not even a cast one.
"It is riches you are loving, it is not men; it was men we loved inthe time we were living.
"There were dear men on whose plains we used to be driving; it is good the time we passed with them; it is little we were broken afterwards.

"when my arms were seen, it is long and thin they are; once they used to be fondling, they used to be around great kings.

"The young girls give a welcome to Beltaine when it comes to them; sorrow is more fitting for me, an old pitiful hag.

"I have no pleasant talk; no sheep are killed for my wedding; it is little but my hair is grey; it is many colours I had over it when I used to be drinking good ale.

"I have no envy agains the old, but only against women; I myself am spent with old age, while women's heads are still yellow.

"The stone of the kings on Feman; the chair of Ronan in Bregia; it is long since storms have wrecked them, they are old mouldering gravestones.
"The wave of the great sea is speaking; the winter is stricking us with it; I do not look to welcome today ,Fermuid son of Mugh.

"I know what they are doing; they are rowing through the reeds of the ford of Alma; it is cold is the place where they sleep.
"the summer of youth where we were has been spent along with its harvest; winter age that drowns everyone, its beginning has come upon me.
"It is beautiful was my green cloak, my king liked to see it on me;
It is noble was the man that stirrd it; he put wool on it when it was bare.

"Amen , great is the pity, every acorn has to drop.
After feasting with shinning candles, to be in the darkness of a prayer house.
"I was once living with kings, drinking mead and wine; today I am drinking whey water among withered old women.

"There are three floods that come to the dun of Ard Ruide:
A flood of fighting men, a flood of horses, a flood of the hounds of Lugaids son.

"The flood wave and the two swift ebb tides; what the flood wave brings you in, the ebb wave sweeps out of your hand.
"The flood tide will not reach to the silence of my kitchen; though many are my company in the darkness,a hand has been laid upon them all.

"My flood tide! It is well I have kept my knowledge.
It is Jesus Son of Mary keeps me happy at the ebbtide;
"It is far is the island of the great sea where the flood reaches, after the ebb;
I do not look for flood to reach to me after the ebb tide.
"There is hardly a little place I can know again when I see it;
That used to be on the flood tide is all on the ebb today!"

From the Book of Saints and Wonders as written down by Lady Gregory of Coole Parke
from the memory of the People of Ireland

first published by Dun Emer Press, 1906

The folktales of the people collected from the workhouses and at the firesides of the cottagers most of whom could neither read nor write. They were the people on the land.

Lady Gregory ,an Assendany settler family, had taught herself the Gaelic speech and could both read and write it and therefore was able to understand and capture the cadence of the peasant speech with its repetiour of oral histories and tales of holy wells, prophesies, superstitions, antidota of saints and heros, miracles, revealtions, myths talking animal tales, giants, wizards and the ossian fianna tales.

These peasant folk shanasies also had an oral suppy of country music and bardic lore some never captured but some now in the National Librarys Irish folktale and music collections and at the folk Music collection of University College Cork colleced under the Republic of Irelands rule.

There is an additional collection of these materials collected under asendancy rule at Trinity College Dublin.

Beara Penenila is located in the Kerry 5 fingers of Ireland on the south sea .
It is west of Bantry Bay and east of the Kenmare River.
The home of the Suilibain Beara.

Judi Donnelly
copyright September 20 2010
published September 20 2010



Than came a poet 'or the land
A simple flute within his hand,

He scampered 'long the silent road
And finaly saw a fine abode,

A house of God he did espy
A fine fit place for him to Lay;

A moments choice the minstrel made
Moving on across the glade

Some notes of Joy his wistle blew
And those directly to the kichen flew,

His lordships son
A lad of 4

Immed'ly flew o'en the door
And saw the poet on the land,

Dancing near beneith the wood
An angle surely if he could

Become a berefoot flying cheribim
Grace abounding from each limb;

The lad of 4 did dance and smile
O Poet sing and stay awhile,

And so the countryside did ring
A peasant soon became a king

The lowly flute in birdlike sound
Reverberated from sky to ground,

At last the sun did make its way
Across the sky to end the day;

And as the wind ,in merry girth
Did fling its breese across the earth,

The wave of beasts and oceans Sea
Came once again to Even's peace,
And all below felt good increase;

O Chief and minstrel of the land
The Lady earth extends her hand,

An Bother the magical abode
As night decended along the Road.

Judi Donnelly
copyright September 19, 2010

dedicated to:

the Man from Birr
No longer the colorless Premier

Not call elections till the child is born
Nine months more of old King Corn

E ,E, E, E, E, Euro
Na nua Etain



Someone has made it
With loving care,

Each tiny stitched linen
Enduring the wear

Of daily markings
And tossing about,
And children and washings,
Still it is stout;

Faded in spots,
Once bright navy blue,

Yellowed--the white squares
Yet still holding true;

The pattern is starry,
with daisys between,
The corners just frayed--
Only two at the bottom--
Where they cannot be seen;

Well have you warmed me
good quilt

Worth millions and billions
On a cold winter morn;

I lay you up gently,
And pat you with care,
For the summer has come
When the wind's warm and fair;

Rest old blanket,
And sleep, till the fall.

I shall forget you
Through the warm summer nite,

But 'long towards the winter
When the wind's good and stout,

I'll remember you fondly,
As I get the quilt out.

Judi Donnelly

copyright 1971

Dundee Ny

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Findchua 2

Findchu or Finncua*

After Findchua had helped the south O Neill, Brega and Meith dispose of the British pirates on the request of Ronan the Fair son of his sister Coimel by Findlog ,the Fer Breg of Magh Laine, he was rewared with Dun Dubchomair and the kings drinking horn covered in red gold given ever 7th year by the king of Meath [Mide].
He blessed the O Niall clanns and the men of Meath and returned to his own place.

A war arose in Leinster in his time where old Nuada the Sage was king.
This king had 2 queens.
Aife ingen Ros Failge and Anmet ingen Colman m Chrimthain of Ui Cennselaigh.

The king loved Anmet more than Aife who was with child.

The daughter of hi Cennselaigh wanted this child given her and the king promised her that but he instead sent Aife away to Munster to Findchua at Slaib Cua for protection as Findchua was feared by host and multitudes and champions and battle solders for his greatness.

The girl took her way to Munster with 3 men and 9 women in their chariots and when they came to the ford west of the Mag Maistertha the shaft of Aifes chariot broke at and place now called
Ath in Carpait.

They mended the shaft however it broke again at Druim Letha and Cell Droma where labor passed over the young woman.

Findchua is told this as he is in his cold water bath.

He sends his messanger to tell her to stay where she is till she has this child.

She brings forth a boy early in the morning and the child taken from her to Findchua where he is baptized and named Finntan son of Nuada Sage m Bresal Brecc m Finacha Fobrecc and the child than reared by Findchua .
The mother Aife* warned to go to her own country which is Ros Failge.

The babe thrives under Findchua's care better than he would of his own mother or with 9 wet nurses.

A war again in east Leinster made by Cennselach m Dunlang m Dunadach.
Old Nuada the sage king and Druid advised them toseek out
Findchua of Bri Gobann at Sliab Cua a valiant warrior who had a son of his.
The king states this warrior is fond of Himself because of this son Finntan the child of Aife.
He sent 9 poets to the river east of Findchuas church.

He was told of the arrival while in his cold tub bath and he directed these not to come to him till his bathing was done.

They were all angry at this the poets as they could not cross the river without permission.
This the Struth na Eces and Findchua was angry at them for being angry.

They requested his help and he gave it.

He took with him to Leinster a crowd of clerics and the kings son and the poets to the Rig fort above the Barrow river.

The king Nuada was glad to greet them both and paid particular attention to his littele son.

He findchua told the king to send Cennselach a present of peace and if it were refused to proclaim battle against him.

Cennselach would not accept the peace offering and planned the distruction of the Rig Lis on the Barrow River on the morrow.
The battalions were arranged.

Leisnter v Cennselach and Findchua arose fiercely and boldly in his territory and race and he seized Censelaghs host and left them unable to strike a blow.

Findchu claimed the God hostages and pledges for the king of Leinster.
Cennselach refused and the battle was joined and all Cennselach's royal princes were slain except himself.

50 sons of kings were taken to the fortress of Barrow ,DinnRigh ,Fort of Kings it is still called.

Cennselach gave ownership of his clann and his race and his children to Findchua.
100 of every kind of cattle every 7th year to Findchua and his
successors from Leinster and from Hui Cennselach continually.

Findachua consents to leave Fintan with his father the king in Leinster and blesses the boy.
And also his to chose between the life of a layman or a cleric.
The boy choses the cleric life.

Findchua gives the boy land at Cluan IrarRois Eidnech.

After these deals he returns to his abode in Munster.

REd Fist [Ruad Dorn] M Scannlan m Dunadach, king of Ulaid and his consort Moingfinn, ingen Daire m Finnchad of Munstertells the king
She wants the kingship of Munster for her sons Cas, Cian, and Cingid.

This diabolical temptation is accepted by Ruad Dorn for his wife and the unjust cause is told to Findcua.

Findchua warns this king not to come to Munster as he does not want this king to be killed in Mumna provence.

But the woman kept urging and the men of Ulaid marched till they came to Mairtine Mor Mumna unbeknowst to the king of Munster.

There the Ulaid set up camps on Ard na RighRaide, Cnoc Samna.

The king of Munster Cathal m Aed Flann Cathrach and his consort Mumna ingin Fiachra were living at Dun Eochair Maige and when they got up in the morn they behled the flags and standards and splended banners on Cnoc na Righraide and the royal speckeled tents of the Ulaid king pitched on the hill.

The king sent messages to find out who was abiding on this hill.

He was told the king of Ulaid and the daughter of Daire who came to seek the kingship of Munster for her sons.

The king henceforth with his council and nobles sent for the slaughter warrior to the south Findchua of Bri Gobann.

He would bring with him his cennchatach. His own crozier .

so Ger and Tualaing and Turscur the kings gillies and Finchua drove in his carpairt [chariot] to Dun Eochair Maige the homested of Cathal m Aed king of Munster province.

Cathal asked Findchu to send a message to the king of Ulaid ,Eochu Ruad Dorn that he Eochu had no natural right to Munster and it would not be given him.

Moingfinn however recognized Findchua and told her 3 sons to pretend a quarrel to get the cleric to come and separate them that the 3 might kill Findchua.
Findchua however percieved this deceptive behavior and the priest sent to the king of Ulaid was not accepted and he was angred by this people.

Findchua went in the vanguard ,the front of the battle, his cenn cathach ie: his crosier in hand before him and went thrice round the host from the deiseal [right].
The Ulaid forces roared and bellowed and charged from the hill and Findchua took the slope beyond and when the Ulaid battalion had begun its decent from their hill and were on their knees he broke the battle on them and hence forward the Munstermen were able to defend forigners and every host when they were charging down a hill.

At the charge the king of Ulaid and his wife and the 3 sons fell and died and their graves are on this hill after them.

Seven battles have I fought--
I am Findchua without discrace--
From the battle of Dun Dubchomair
To the battle of Finntracht Cian Magair.

A battle at Tara I delivered,
A battle in Leinster, with my devotion,
A battle in middle Munster,
I gave it without danger.

The contentious battle of Loch Cenn
Against the clanns of Niall without discrace;
The renowned battle of Cruachan Ai
It brake before me.

My fight against Momonians,
With Aed'sd son, with my miracles,
My battles for the mindful,
Most to reckon them in their sevens.

To Rome of Latium in my pilgrimage,
On the road of Peter and Paul,
In Bronaid's monastery
I have been reckoned in their sevens.

After several more battles Findchu returned to his own residence at Femoy and then went to Rome on pilgrimage repentant of his deeds and battles he had done for friendship and the brotherhood.

There he sang these staves before he died a year later in repentance which he himself wrote in the
Book of the Monastery of Buite m Bronach.

The friar Buagachain wrote this life from the Book of Monsterboice.

Whereabouts now unknown.

* A geneology for the Finnloga indicates a decent from Ruid Ruide the GReat of 67 BC through 4 derbfiens to Finntan .
Fionnfinn M Cumail the 5th or great great grandson of FionnLoga beginning a new derbfine.

This continuing through Lugaid Riab n Derg.

The time period for the first derbfien of FionnLoga runs from about 50BC to 50AD for Fintan.

The second derbfine beginning with FionnFinn would occur around 100 AD and contine to 200 AD.

This time does not correspond with the times given in AD for the decendants of Lugaid R n D covering the revolt of the atti cotti and the return of Tuathal Teachmair the last holder of this derbfien right.

Tuathal is the beginning of the christain time period being Tauthal the Acceptable part scot, listed as ruling in 79 AD not the 300 that would continue in the old time line.

Tuathas child Feidlimid Reactmair would be the new derbfine. His son Conn of the hundred battles.[ conn may indicate the next derfine of 100 years not the mac of reachmair but the maic]

Lugaid Riab n Derg m Finnemas m Eocaid Feidnolac m FionnFinn m Fintan m FinnGoll m FinnLug m FionnLoga m Ruidruide the Great, Ri Ulaid

Judi Donnelly
copyright 15 September 2010

sourse: the antecdota
Lives of the Saints #5, Book of Lismore, Whitley Stokes DCL. Oxford, 1890

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Life of Findchua mFinnlog 1

The Life of Findchua m Finnlog*

When Blathmac son of Aed Slaine of Bregia was high king of Ireland a Ulaid hospitaler [hoteler] caled Findlog a son of Setna and the Mugnorna line of Eirc Ruad m Brian [Briuin] m Eochu Muigmedon lost his wife of 30 years, Coimel ingen Aed Fogact of Fir Breg.

When she died he suffered the wasting desease until his friend the son of the king of Ireland, who was Blathmac m Aed Slaine, induced him to woe a young girl.

This was Idnait, ingen of Flann Redside [derg colba] of the Cianachta of Glenn Geiminat, Comar Cinnsleibe.

Findlog subsequenty woed this girl until she became with child by him and at this same time Findlog conspires with a foster brother and his friend Fiacha Suigde ,the son of the king Blathmac, to over through his father, king of Tara.
They accomplished this task and placed Diarmait m Aed Slaine brother of Blathmac on the throne of Ireland at Tara.

Mael Tuile the confessor of Findlog ,his soul friend, discovers that the girl is pregnant and Mael Tuile predicts this child will be famous.
He therefore asks for the child still in the womb to be dedicated to God and study.

These men than recieved the bestowal from the king of Connacht ,Eocu dryflesh [tur feoid] who sent them to Oengus m Nat Fraich of Munster at Cashel and this Provincial king ordains them a piece of land at Muig Ruith [south ireland] where Mael Tuile and Findlog build a lovely raith Called Rath Hua Cuile where they gave a banquent on the mountain west of the Raith for the king of Femoy, Mellenn m Torc.

Idnait desired a drink of their feising ale but she was refused by the brewers.
she was angered and went and slipped the hoops from the ale vats and it ran over the floor and when Femoy found the ale spilled he went to slay this troublesome pregnant girl.

However her pregnancy saved her and in the darkness she was able to reach Rath Hua Cuile safely.

She thus deliverd her child shortly therafter and he was taken to Ailbe of Imlech Ibaid and baptized ,blessed an named Findchua by the priest.

His relatives than took the babe back to Raith Cuile for 7 years at which time he was to be sent again to the priest for study.

However the king of Teffia, Cumuscach ,son of a sister of Findchua the child asked to foster this child and he is sent to Ard na Rigraide at Loc Ri {Ree] for 7 years.

Cumuscach one of the chilren of Niall was subseqeuntly visited by a ciruiting christian bishop,
Comgall and he took note of this child ,a perfect boy,and Congal gave the child of 7 ,Findchu m Findlog,'love'.
and asked for the child which was assigned to Comgall.
The boy gave 'love' to Congall and went with him to Bangor at Ulster to study.

At this time a medow belonged to Comgall was guarded for him by slaves.
Findchu offered at quard this medow of grass on an island with some boys and all is peacefull till the king of Ulaid, Scannlan m Dunadach came with his army and bonnacht his horses in this medow.

Findchu drove these out 3 times and finaly cursed the horses and turned them to stone.
This field called henceforth, Gort na Liac[ field of flagstone]
or Fergort n Mogad[ Men medow of slaves].

King Scannlan is enrarged by this and summons Comgall.

He recognises Findchua as he comes amongst all Comgalls students and the 2 of them are angry.

However Findchu expresses his anger through magic and engulfts the king in dirt in his anger.

Congall however advises,
'For Gods sake my little son! Let not anger seize thee'
and a peace is made after Findchu answers,
Why should not anger seize me when I am outraged over the only grazing field we have?'

King Scannlan says he will back whatever Comgall awards the lad and Congalls gives Findchu the 7 milk cows given by the king each year for 30 years after he ,Comgall ,dies and the Abbey of Bangor is awarded to Findlogs son.

Findchua is appeased and returns the earth around the king back in its place.
However in repenting his anger, Findchu had hidden his head under the cowl[hood worn over the head] of Congall and set it afire.

The cowl gone to flames Comgalls successors are not lawfully allowed to wear a cowl.

The 3 miricles were:
Turning the horses to flagstones
Raising the earth around king Scannan
Burning the cowl of the teacher.

Congall dwelt after that at Bangor for 9 years and Congall feeling death near, sent for Ailbe at Imlec Ibair who came to Bangor with a crowd of clerics and the 3 men,Congall, Ailbe and Findchu conclude a treaty of union.

Congall then dies and Findchu ,son of Findlog reamains at Bangor Abbey for another 7 years.
At the end of 7 years Findchu is expelled from Ulaid and Bangor and comes to Cashel at Munster and the king of Munster , Cathal m Aed and this king gives him land.

Findchu finds the land he wants at Mag Maistertha in the east of Fermoy.

He rings his bell which answers him in Echo on Fan Muilt, slope of wethers. [ wether is a castrated male lamb].

Here they settle with horses, kine [ cattle ] and sheep but the locals did not welcome this arrival and kill the herds.

However Findchu send his cook to the king of Munsters steward for fire and the king is told he has set his sights on Fan Muilt where are the kings storehouses and cow yards.

His consort, Mugain, ingen of Fiachrach Finn, Ri of Loch Lein [ Lakes of Kerry] Eoganacht.
is unhappy at this and the king asks what rent the Queen of Munster has been paid.

the steward tells the king.

1 white sheep
all the claeaning and washing services of the household
[later the laundries employing the fallen women]The Magdalein
and malt from 9 townlands surrounding the raith
[termon lands]

The king sends Findchu a messanger to see if he agrees to this rent and if not to tell him to go someplace else.

Findchu agrees to the rent and he builds
Cuil Muilt [Wether Recess]
The houses of his retenue roofed and the rest alloted to the 9 townlands.

Judi Donnelly
copyright 14 September 2010

from: 'the Anecdota'
Lives of Saints #5 ,the Book of Lismore, Whitley Stokes, DCL, translation Clarendon Press, 1890 ,Oxford.

* the finnloga line comes up in the geneology of the kings of Erin as grandson of Blathacta m Ease Muin Eamna m Roignein Ruid m Fionnloga whose son was Finnlug and the grandson Finngoll and the great grandson Fintan the father of Finn mc Cumall.

This line is dated around 50 BC

The rights of women and children were entirely subject to male dominence even as to the disposition of their unborn and new children in the early christian era of st Pat.

The priests and rulers were perfectly content in taking children at will for pets, love, or other purposes and the mothers were not secure even if they were married under church law to the various rulers.

This subjugation of women and their reproductive rights was finally ended in the Republic by such exposures as The Magdeline Laundries film and other protests as to the control of women and their excusion from the male dominated church and educational/governmental systems.

Monday, September 13, 2010



Kitten,kitten calmly cleaning,

Digging fleas and mites a gleaning,

Pausing briEfly thoU to study

Eyes of fire so deep anD muddy.

Ears a perking, whiskers tweeking,

yawn and purr,and now your're sleeping.

Unconserned o Kitten thou,

Distainful you, your soft meow:

Demanding milk to fill your bowl,

Scorning us our migthy role

As master, when you know inside

Its you who takes us for the ride.

Thou to show us all the meaning.

If I'd to live again I'd vow,

To come back here, a cat , like thou.

Judi Donnelly

copyright 1971

Dundee NY

Geno of cluain Ciaran





























Ciaran was born at Cremthainn at Magh Ai ,the 7th Lathairn Molt

His parents were Beo Aed
= Darenca
Cluan mac Nois about 550 AD

The list comprises 27 derbfines =2700 years plus the 75 years of the 3 macs taking the begining Ri to:

2775 years 2225 Bc
-550 Ad -1400 BC milis came
2225 BC 850 years

Judi Donnelly

copyrigth September 13 2010

The derbfine

maic indicates the Derbfine or 4 th generation of decent.

the great grandfather, the grandfather, the father and the son.
or better put the father the son, the grandson and the great grandson.

These constitute a derbfine linage all called by the name of the original father ie: Rudraige [ruith rey or ree].
with the coming of a 5th generation a new derbfine is formed the maic Rosa for this line.

These generations were based on a 1/4th ,a quarter of a century, 25 years.

The age of 25 is the age of inheritance where a man may become king and has entitlements to his share of property and title.
He is also entitled to marry a wife.

The fine reamains a unit containing all the children of the original father through the great grandchildren-- the 4th derb generation and from these any one of these might be chosen by the fine as the spokesman and leader.

with the 5th generation a new sept is born and new name given new land assigned as well as title and name.

The dispositon still not clear in the sense of promogenature as to whether the eldest great grand great grandchild recieves from the derbfine of Rudraighe or not.

Probably it does as the death[ Breath Crossing] at a century would have taken at least 3 of the previous generations and the last the father of the new fine,
now the clann called Rosa.

The pattern continues down through each century ideal of the family the 4 generations holding the land the title and the name and usually being buried in the same plot of ground or grave space for all.

These bodies were usually creamated in pagan BC days and placed in a designated circular spot now known as the stone circles.

Each stone designting a derbfine of the same fine over the centuries.

This can be proven one way or the other by carbon dating the stones as some would be much older than the last.

These stone circles were carefully placed apparently in position realtive to a larger center circle based on quarters and degrees.

They are not oriented to sun or moon risings and setting but to a more universal time spiral.

The burial places were constant over centuries for each derbfein and have the importance of knowing which tuath and which ancestors you came from.

This guranteed you a place of rest when you died.
Plots were not sold.
The fine took the body of their own deceased to there own family burial plot where the original tribal ancestor was buried and hence all had rest.

With Christainity came the dispruption of the ancient centuries old burial process whereby bodys were placed in church yards of monaatarys not the old circle plots.

This system, which also required elongated coffin beds did not guarantee both sisters mother fathers and unborn of the ancestor any space in this burial ground, and of course some did not want it .

Members of the church did have security of burial but without past ancesto rsites containing child ,mother, father, brother, sister by placement.

However the Irish did manage to hold territorial rights to their Abbeys and monestarys, and hereditary posts to abbacys and bishoprics from the fine which had given the land and the buildings the church had from the time of St Patrick,
432 AD.
Hence throughout Ireland today many church graveyards still contain a grave plot in which 4 generations of a family are laid to rest.

The original father, a christain, his wife, his sons, his sons wife his grandson and his graddsons wife.

The derbfine of great grandson is lost usually and the monastery and abbeys contain large strips of breathern buried singly all in laid out fashion, in a coffin, with no one with them, and hardly any identified as a son of or a family name.

As Blogger image does not work well for any consistant geno table, it is difficult to display a time line for the particular fine at hand, that of Cieran Clauna ,going back to his 2775 years before ancestry of the king Rudraige.

A new maic, by the founding of Cluana mac Nois by Ciaran mac Noise about 550 AD [100 years befoe Coluimcille founded Doire Abbey according to google].

Using the quarter rule per geneation we count the derbfein completed for

Rudraige to Maic Bolg gain ,a milisian king, covering
2700 years.
75 added to this for the macs Beodoin, Nois and Ciaran
-550 Ad
2225 BC the date of the reign of Ruidraige [rudray]

As the Mili under Golam came about 1400 BC:

2225 BC
1400 Bc
825 years before the coming of the army from Gallicia, Spain.

Where Newgrange has been carbon dated at:
3500 BC
-2225 BC
1275 Elapsed from the Building of Bru na Boinne till the Reign of RR.

The place was allegedly used by the Dagda, a Danna champion from the battle of Tailtain at which the Danann general Nuada lost his arm and also used as a house of love by his son the god of love, Aengus.

History places the Danann tuath in Irleand for only short period of time but they were apparently there using this white limestone contruction for ligitiamte purposes some 200o years, almost, before this later day Danann King Ruidraige putting the Irish back another 2000 years in possession of this little island garden.

eire means his garden as she well was.

Judi Donnelly
copyright 12 September 2010

ANECDOTA OXONIENSIA #5, Lives of Saints, from book of Lismore, translated Whitley Stokes, D.C.L, Oxford Clarendon Press, 1890

west of Sianain

West of Sianain

There are 7 counties West of the Shannon river that run from the south sea fingers up to the north sea at loc swilly.

these are:

Galway- Laferty
Leitrim west--O Rourc
Donegal-- ODonnell

These 7 counties with the additional 2 counties of Limerick and Mayo comprise what is known as west Ireland.

They were the counties shired from Tir Conaill, Connacht and Mumna by the invading continental forces Norman and Anglo and their princes tigernas were the powerfull families and tuaths of Domnaill, O Concobair and oBriain along with the south ocean force of MaCarthaig and o Sullibain covering what was known as West Munster and Kerry or in Norman Days Desmond.

Tir Connell was never shired by the English but was completely subdued by the Engish armys.

Some of the history indicate that this whole region was treatied to the old Dananns when the Milisian forces came in to Ireland from the south Atlantic area around 1400 BC.
The new soldiers taking the land east of the river Sionain and a pillar was erected indicating these territorial divides.
Allegedly at the plain of Muirthemne.
The pillar unfortunately seem to have been distroyed like much else of the literature and architecture of old Ireland.

Supplanted and deviated buried by other cultures.
A process still ongoing.

The people of these two nations remained more or less separated for some centuries each having their own government and rules but finally marriages were arranged and this created a race in Erinn of what i call 'the big blond and beautiful' those of combined Milisian and Danann Nemedian genes.

These river tribes seem to be examples of that cross breeding and these were the guardians of the border west of Shannon.
A unified military force which was not disrupted until the arrival of the scot Burge from Edinburg with the Normans Plantaganet king Henry 2 and his granting children.

Thus the entire provinces of Munster, Connact and Donegal became sword land in 1169.
Just east of the river lay the lands of the Raghailly in east Breifne[Cavan].the Ra ailly or R'eilly.

West Meath of the Maoilseclainns. Offaly of the Failaig .
Tipperary of the Ormond Butlers formerly the Kennadys and Driscolls and Demspey, and east Limerick of the oBriain tribes.

Cork or east Munster figured significantly as it was a major invasive port for the contintal arrivals and was completly occupied by them.
The Irish had not enough power to hold Munster and that shows today in its lands and roads and houses.

The east is therefore more Norman and more Anglo in genetic content than is the west which still retains its vision of the milisain clann, the gael, the spearman, and the old history.
These people were mostly driven out of Ireland and are now numerous in the United States where they have been assimilted after all.

The north countries of Tir Eogain and Ulster remained intact until the battle of Kisaile in 1601 when the forces of ONeill and O Donnell and their allies were defeated and broken by a superior English force.

However the culture was broken not by Elizabeth 1 who died of old age or the lack of military control by the Irish tribes , but by the plantation confiscation of land by James Stuart son of Mary Queen of Scots.
The desendant of the French royal house though his grandmother Mary of Guise, child of Claude Duke of Guise of Louraine.

James and his Scotish lairds took the entire country by displacement of the lands and the confication of the tribal holdings.

His Burke cousins of Edinburg held Mayo and all Connact as well as Ulster through the red earl.
the Normans held all of Munster and south central Ireland through Desmond and Kildre the Fitzgerals of Wales.

The Ulster lands of east of the Bann river remained in the hands of the presbyterian Scots who had held it since the Bruce era in 1350.
This is the area today which has the 'not an inch' attitude and the James Stuart zelotic desire to convert the whole island to preysbyterian lore instilled in this child king by Buchannans, Hamilton and Bothwell.
If anything James was a neglected child, an a abused child.
A child who was qualified by birth to be prince and ruler but not by training or exposure.

In the west the Taoise fell one by one to poverty, desease ,dependance and internal murdering of each other and a series of unholy alliance to obtain a selfish personal power.
The nine great families forming a line of forts from the south sea of Bere to the north sea of Ailec and Malinhead became the congested area .
The haulers of seaweed to form a potato patch and the cabin dwellers of a quarter acre let to them by his lordship .

The whole land value system was changed and lost.
The language lost to English.
The history lost to peasant memory and a few touching songs of the pubs.

The great church cathederals held by decendants of these families bishops and abbots replaced by church people from the continent.
Rome took the lead of the parishes the diocese.
Latin took the literature and the litergy.
Patrick secumbed to continental saints.

The children were carefuly taught for 800 years.
Ireland disappered.
It became somthing else .

Yet the great family names live on .
The great fighters and rovers of the countryside as the country searches for its own past.

Judi Donnelly
copyright 8 september 2010.

Thursday, September 9, 2010



Deep within the winter night,
Hight above the peeping light
Of Stars, so clear and sparkly there;
While we down on earth must care
For things like fires and keeping warm
Or how to run a busy farm,
Or getting out to work that day.
Or of the least expensive way
To pack the lunches, fix the meals,
Or figure out the best of deals;
Or giving gifts , or spending time:
Its crossing by the yard that I'm
A little peaved at God to know,
Its in the time of cold and snow,
That He has g'ven stars this glow,
And lets this beauty by us creap
Away to day, while ma's asleep.

Judi Donnelly
copyright 1971

from: Poems Dundee NY

Sitting around waiting for Glen V to conn Theresa Pollacks mom out of something.


It is noble indeed was the race of Columcille as to this word; and he had a right through his blood to the kingship of Ireland but he put it from him for the sake of God.

One time Fintain had a vision, and he saw in the vision two moons that rose up from Cluan Eriad, the one a silver moon and the other a golden moon.
The golden moon went on towards Scotland and the northern part of Ireland;
and the silver moon went on till it stopped by the Sionnan and lightened the middle part of Ireland.
Columcille now was the golden moon with his high race and his widsdom;
and Ciaran was the siver moon with the brightness of his virtures and his pleaasant ways.

And the place where he was born was Gortan in the north; and it was on a Thurdsday he was born, that has from that time been a lucky day.

And inded it was a wonderful child was born that day,Columcille son of Fedilmid son of Fergus son of Connal Gulban son of Niall of the Nine Hostages.

There was not a man of higher race or of greater name born of the Gael.
And he was brough for baptism to Cruithnechan the nobel priest;
and it was he who fostered him afterwards at the bidding of an angel; and it was angels that gave him his name.

And when the time for reading came to him, the prist went to a knowledgeable man that was in the county and asked him when would it be right for the little lad to begin.
And when the knowledge man had looked at the sky he said
"write out the letters for him now."

So the letters were written out upon a cake,and it is the way Columcille ate the cake, one part to the east of the water and the other part to the west of the water.

And the knowledgeable man said then through his prophecy,
"It is the same way the sway of this young lad will be, one half to the east of the sea in Scotland, and the other half to the west of the sea in Ireland"

After he left his fosterer he went from place to place for a while until he came to where Fintain was at Cluan Eraid, and he built as cabin there.

And at that time everone of the twelve saints of Ireland used to take his turn to grind meal in a quern through the night;
but it was an angle of God in heaven used to grind for Coluimcille.

One night a very beautiful young man in shining clothes came to Coluimcille in the night time and said;
"God be with you, and be stong now and steadfast, for God has sent me to keep you for ever and always from all the sin of the world.

But Columcille was afraid and asked him who he was.

I am Axal he said ,"that is a helper and angle of the Lord;
and it is to help you and to proected you from every danger and trouble of the word I am come."

And from that time there were many angels used to be coming to his help, but it is likely Axal was the one that was always at hand.

One time Coluimcille was sitting in his little cell, and he writing and of a sudden his looks changed and he called out
" Help! Help!"
Than two of the brothers that were at the door asked the cause of that cry.
And Columcille told them that of a sudden he had seen one of the brothers falling from the highest point of a high house, that was being built in Doire

"And I bade the angle of the Lord he said that was just now standing among you to go to his relief.
And with all the land and sea that lay between", he said, "the angel that had but left us as he began to fall was there in time to support him before he reached the ground, so that there was no hurt or bruise upon him at all.
And that was wondeful help he said that could be given so very quickly as than.

Aedh, King of Ireland gave up the dun he had in Doire to Columcille and he made his dwelling there.
And he had so great a love for Doire , and the cutting of the oak trees went so greatly against him,that he could not find a place for his church the time he was building it that would let the front of it be to the east,
and it is its side was turned to the east.

And he left it upon those that came after him not to cut a tree that fell of itself or was blown down by the wind in that place to the end of nine days, and then to share it between the people of the townland, bad and good, a third of it to the great house and a tenth to be given to the poor.

And he put a verse in hymn after he was gone away to Scotland that shows there was noting worse to him than the cutting of that oakwood:

"Though there is fear on me of death and of hell, I will not hide it that I have more fear of the sound of an axe over in Doire."

from: A book of Saints and Wonders
Lady Gregory, 1906
from the old writings and the memory of the people of Ireland

Coluimcille ,his church name, was born to Fedlimid O Donnell [Domnaill] on 7 December 521 AD.

He was a Great Great Grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages .
His Mother was Eithne of the Lagaen {Leinster}.

He was ordained a priest of the Church at Clonard by the Boyne and founded Doire [do=of ire =Ireland] at age 24.

He founded the abbey at Hii [Iona] in 563 AD at age 42.

He returned to Ireland in 575AD to attend the convention of DruimCeatt
And died at Iona.
He was allegedly buried at Down with St Patrick and Bride
At Iona and At Doire Abbey.

presented by
Judi Donnelly
copyright 9 September 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010



How can I 'ere but miss the scent,
And the tingent smell of the hay;
The crackling of the crickets chirp,
At the Closing Dusk of the Day;

The glinting beam of the early dawn,
The sweat and the toil 'neith the sun;
the weary ache at the end of the day,
And the [peace are gone,all gone.

The quickening measure of my soul,
At the sign of the Redbreast song;
The logicent cawing of the crow,
For the wind and the snow,and the blowing , I long;

The people are naught, yet I miss them too,
With their reticent working old ways;
And the noise of the tractor plowing the fields,
And the cold wet annoyace of early morn dew;

I remember the smell, and the sound,and the feel,
Of the country , the pleasure--God made it that way;
I miss and I long for the birds and the dew,
But O how I miss the sweet smell of the

From Poems

copyright 1971
by Judi Donnelly
Dundee NY

these materials were written over time when my children were small playing in the parks I at work for minimum unskilled jobs all week

thrown in a trunk and finally put in print in this year 1971 when we were up on the farm.
this one probably written in southern cal under the smog and missing the old farm life.