By Edmund Curtis
A concise background of eire which covers the interval 6000 BC to 1972.
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The strength and the weakness of the Irish political structure were to be sorely and it was shown that though weak was strong in local resistance. The the Gaelic order was a high one. tested again before long, in central command survival- value of We now to the it political events that led up In 1086 Turloch O'Brien died at briefly follow the Norman invasion. Kincora at the great age of seventy-seven, 'King of Ireland* according to the annals of Loch C6. He was succeeded by his son Murcertach, a man of intellectual ability, a friend and patron of Church reform and a statesman of ability.
This beautiful, dangerous woman was the wife in turn of Olaf, Malachy, and Brian, and in the end for the sake of revenge was ready to give her hand to the invader Sigurd. Brian was already king of Munster and his next step was to subject Ossory and Leinster and so rule the Southern half. Leinster was in a state of weakness and the royal succession was disputed, so Brian was able to subject it, and by 984 was supreme over southern Ireland. A clash between himself and Malachy was inevitable, but in the contest Brian was the greater man and could send the viking ships of Limerick up the Shannon to dominate both Connacht and Meath.
Many of the Irish reformers came to regard without dismay foreign intervention. By the donation of Adrian, granted three years after the Synod of Kells, the Pope is said to have commissioned Henry 11 to reform Ireland. Whether this donation is genuine or not, is one of the great questions of history. But we cannot doubt that political confusion caused good and zealous men to despair of the State and disposed them towards what followed. In 1156 the death of Turloch O'Connor removed Ireland's The High monarchy collapsed once more.
A history of Ireland by Edmund Curtis