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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...

March 10, 2019

In this video we will discuss the custom of troscud, or fasting, found in the early Irish brehon laws.

Troscud was a form of distress that carried strong social pressure, and which had legal support as an act of due process.

It was a principle which sought to e...

January 9, 2019

The Wrens of the Curragh were an outcast community of 19th-century Irish women who lived rough, brutally hard lives on the plains of Kildare. The name comes from the shelters they lived in, hollowed out "nests" in the ground which they covered with layers of furze.


April 8, 2018

I came across an image I had saved on my phone from some time ago that tells a very concise yet  still interesting "Story of Dublin" that I thought readers and followers of the Brehon Law Academy would appreciate. Unfortunately, I can't recall the  name of the book but...

September 19, 2017

Were the rights of women really so good in ancient Ireland? You will hear this fact repeated often, but is it true?

With a bit of research we find the truth is much more complex than it first appears...

The Status of Women

While the status of women in early Ireland was ar...

April 9, 2016

For thousands of years prior to its invasion by its neighbours Ireland was under a native set of laws and customs known today as the Brehon Law.

During this time Ireland was ‘stateless’, there was no central authority making laws, issuing decrees or collecting taxes,...

April 6, 2016

ÁED   m   Ancient Irish, Irish Mythology

Older form of AODH.

ÁEDÁN   m   Ancient Irish, Irish Mythology

Older form of AODHÁN. This was the name of a 6th-century king of the Scots.

ÁEDH   m   Ancient Irish

Variant of ÁED.

BRADÁN   m   A...

March 16, 2016

The good rearing of the children was in the interest of the whole community.


It was the responsibility of the wider family unit to ensure their offspring grew up to be strong, educated, honorable and upstanding people, after all, the family name depended on it!


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...

January 20, 2016


In this video I discuss Ireland's ancient Brehon Laws on the Hill of Uisneach, Westmeath, as a guest speaker at the Uisneach Fire Festival 2015 (

'Brehon Law' refers to an ancient system of justice that was prevalent in Ireland for 1000's of years prior...

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