Treibheanna Éireannacha
Specializing in Seanchas  - the Ancient Genealogy, History, and Brehon Law of  Gaelic Ireland
Seanchas - Much More Than a Genealogy

Cad Atá Riachtanach don Chineál Taighde Seo
What This Research Requires
This research requires:

1.  Expertise

expertise in Seanchas, Gaeilge (the Irish Language), Irish history and pre-history, and European history
and pre-history;

2.  Critical Analysis

critical analysis of early Irish genealogies, historical tales, and annals taking into account the research of
the following scholars:   Myles Dillon, Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, T.F. O'Rahilly, Gearóid Mac Niocaill, Kenneth
Nicholls, Francis John Byrne, Máirín O'Daly, Elizabeth Gray, Alwyn Rees and Brinley Rees, Gearóid Mac
Eoin, Liam Ó Buachalla, Seathrún Céitinn, and more;

3.  Effort

many hours of combing through over 1,000 years of records preserved from the 7th century to the 17th
century in the following manuscripts:

  • Leabhar Laighneach ('The Book of Leinster'), which has been identified as the long-lost Lebor na

  • the manuscript known as Laud 610,

  • the manuscript known as Rawlinson B.502, which has recently been identified as the long-lost
    Leabhar Glinne Dá Locha ('Book of Glendalough'),

  • Lebor Gabála Érenn ('The Book of the Takings of Ireland,' a.k.a., "The Book of Invasions"),

  • Leabhar Leacain ('The Book of Leacan'),

  • Leabhar Bhaile an Mhóta ('The Book Of Ballymote'),

  • Foras Feasa Ar Éirinn ('History Of Ireland') by Seathrún Céitinn,

  • Leabhar na nGenealach ('The Book of Genealogies') by Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh, and

  • Leabhar Genealach ('Book Of Genealogies') by Cú Choigcríche Ó Cléirigh.


4.  A Bit of Luck

It is not possible to identify the ancient Seanchas of all, but it is possible for many.

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