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May 4, 2019

In living memory alone, many countries have experienced drastic changes to its cultural and political constituents, going through a state of transition from one form of government, laws, and ideology to another.

Consider the collapses of the former USSR or Yugoslav...

December 1, 2018

First of all, what is tanistry?

You may be aware that today Ireland uses old Irish titles for leaders of government.

For example, the prime minister is referred to as the taoiseach (pr. tee-shock), the parliament is called the dáil (pr. dawl), an old Irish word for an as...

March 7, 2016

When people talk about the Brehon Laws we often hear mention of how women's rights were very good in early Ireland.


While this is true in many respects, it would be slightly misguided to say that women were 'equal' to men in all respects.


But it is important to note...

February 22, 2015

It is a little known fact that the history of copyright law begins with the Brehon Laws of Ancient Ireland over 1000 years before it appeared in English legislation. Who would have guessed that it ended in a bitter and brutal dispute over royalties.


The disput...

December 13, 2014

The Lost Laws of Ireland: The Brehon Laws


The Brehon Law Academy is very pleased to post our first guest contribution! 


And we're doubly pleased to have such an accomplished author and contributor to the study of the Brehon Laws - Catherine Duggan. 

Catherine Dug...

October 1, 2014


The mythology of ancient Ireland is made up of a number literary epics and tales of ‘gods and men’ that interlink and cross-over one another to form a rich and complex tapestry of romance, magic, heroism, conquest, and defeat.


Gaelic mythology shares these and many ot...

September 27, 2014

Written around 700 AD the Crith Gablach, which means ‘branched purchase’, set out the principle guidelines that should be aspired to in an ideal society.


Ancient Ireland could be described as a renter economy with a carefully defined social hierarchy. Status was determ...

September 20, 2014

When we think about 'fasting for justice' today many Irish minds of a certain age would likely drift towards thoughts of Bobby Sands and the H-Block Hunger Strikers of 1981. While an important chapter of modern Irish history the principle of fasting for justice or hung...

September 20, 2014

Uraicecht Becc – The Short Primer



This poetic manuscript declares the King of Munster to be be supreme and makes reference to monastries in Emly and Cork; both counties of that province. For this reason it is believed to be of Munster origin. 


It has been argued by D....

July 14, 2014

Bretha Nemed –The Judgements of the Privileged Classes



The significance of status in early Irish society cannot be over-emphasised. Several important texts outline the intricate classifications which were based primarily on hereditary rights, kin-ship, property owners...

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