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A grammar of the Irish language by John O'Donovan

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They placed which and skulls human were found several bones, clearly in which and character of the monument, dicated the to impress the conviction that sepulchral Mr. Mahony removed to Dunloe Castle, in order to preserve them. The Author of this Grammar examined this cave in the are not fa year 1841, and can testify that the inscriptions but whether the monument be pagan or early brications ; Christian, he will not take upon him to Ogham decide. his inscriptions are constantly referred to in the oldest Irish on the tombs and monuments of torical tales, as engraved pagan kings and chieftains, and from these tales it would appear that they contained simply the names of the persons xlv Introduction.

233. xxxv Introduction. And this he pretends was the ancient Irish alphabet, before they had communication with the Latins and Romans. " But when Flaherty sets about to prove the antiquity of this Beth-luis-nion, he brings more for proofs stories incredi ble than the facts themselves, which he intends to prove by Flaherty tells us then the story we made mention of already from Keating and Toland: that the first author of them. was Fenius-Farsaidh, who composed, says Fla Hebrews, Greeks, and Latins herty, the Beth-luis-nion and the Ogum.

The latter is, perhaps, the most magnificent specimen of penmanship and illumination now remaining in the western world. There is another manu script of great age preserved M^, Library of Trinity Col Liber Hymnorum, containing several Latin and Irish, of which work there is ano in the lege, Dublin, ancient called hymns in ther copy in the College of St. Isidore at Rome. This, though as those evidently not so ancient, nor so exquisitely beautiful, Introduction. liii already mentioned, is in the same character, and sufficiently proves that the Irish letters are immediately derived from the Roman alphabet.

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