The Ancient Celtic Ancestry Of The O'Brien Family

The Ancient Celtic Ancestry Of The O'Brien Family

by Gerald A. John Kelly


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The Ancient Celtic Ancestry Of The O'Brien Family by Gerald A. John Kelly

With comprehensive indexing and 22 full-color illustrations, this deluxe paperback edition explores the genealogical traditions of the O'Brien family of Thomond for over a millennium before they took the surname Ó Briain. Once considered lost, these are the genealogical secrets of the Celtic Iron Age and Migration Period.

To tell this story, the author accessed the mass of information preserved in the Irish Language since the 7th century in Ireland's most important genealogical manuscripts. These precious documents had been hidden away in a handful of collections since the physical and cultural genocide of the Gaeil in the 17th century, and were therefore inaccessible until recently to almost all Irish, their diaspora, and their genealogists. Happily, these Irish Language manuscripts have finally been set in type and published after waiting between 350 and 850 years.

Because this book uses and translates into English this ancient but newly-available genealogical tradition as it relates to the O'Briens of Thomond, it is the first of its kind about the O'Briens in the modern era.

Physical description - This is the revised, Fifth Deluxe Paperback Edition of 222 pages, 7 X 10 inch format, including 22 color illustrations and comprehensive indexing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452889962
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/09/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School, Jerry Kelly is an Instructor in Irish Language & Gaelic Culture at Molloy College's Irish Studies Institute and a former Adjunct Professor of Irish Language and Culture at Fordham University.

His coursework to date at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has included Celtic linguistics, archaeology of the Western world and the Middle East, Old Irish, Minoan & Mycenaean archaeology, Modern Irish, the Indo-European expansion and its mythology, Celtic mythology, classical civilization including Greek and Roman religion and Homeric epic, Early Irish Historical Tales, historical research methods, the Celtic Arthur, and the early modern history of England and Celtic Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. He is currently working towards his Master's degree in Celtic Studies at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

His favorite areas of research include the Irish in Colonial America, advanced Irish grammar, and Seanchas. Until the 17th century, Seanchas was the indivisible combination of Brehon law, history, and genealogy as applied to Irish clans and tribes.

He taught Irish on behalf of The Irish Arts Center in New York from 1979 to 1981; plus mythology and Seanchas through the medium of the Irish Language at Scoil Ghaeilge Ghearóid Tóibín / The Gerry Tobin Irish Language School from 1989 to 2007; and Irish and Irish Gaelic culture at Fordham from 2008 to 2010.

He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Irish Institute of Molloy College, teaches Irish on behalf of Cumann Carad na Gaeilge / The Philo-Celtic Society (, writes the Seanchas column for the Irish Language magazine AN GAEL, and is a member of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the American Irish Teachers' Association.

He is also the author of a number of books and articles in Irish and in English including "Before the Kilt: How the Irish and Scots Dressed in the 16th Century" (Druid Press, 2011) and "An Chopail in Abairtí Aicme" (Druid Press, 2012).

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