The O'Dowda of Castleconor
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A historical-fiction account of the life of David Dubhda (O'Dowda), the King of Ireland. Dubhda means”The Dark One”. It refers to the black hair or dark complexion of the first man to bear the name. The line and the name have remained intact from generation to generation until the sixteenth century when the gaelic spelling was anglicised to the more familiar O’Dowda. As time passed the name O’Dubhda metamorphosed to become the more familiar O’Dowda. We know a great deal of the O’Dowda family history. They emerged from the mists of antiquity some 1500 years ago and were descended from a people in the west of Ireland known as the Ui Fiachrach.
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Dec 10, 2014I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Its story is placed at a critical time in Irish history when the Gaelic order represented by the Brehon system and Bardic schools is giving way to the continuing occupation of Ireland by the English. It is told through the eyes of one small west of Ireland chieftains family.The politics and reality of daily life are recreated in an almost contemporary sense. It is ultimately a tragic story and it ends with the defeat of the Irish and their exile with O Neill and O Donnell. However it is anything but academic in its tone , though accurate and learned in its historical recounting of events, down to the locations which are familiar to all of us who grew up close to the scenes illustrated here. The novel is skilfully constructed, elegantly written and poignantly truthful. It deserves the widest possible audience, would make an excellent film, and should be in every school classroom throughout the country. In a time when we are poised to remember 1916 and... More > have its event and characters analysed and dissected, when many question the foundations of our current Republic, it might be pertinent to remember the sacrifices of those mentioned in this book. It is pertinent to the notion of exile and the diaspora both in human and physical terms but also in artistic terms as the narration from exile in this story highlights. Patrick Kavanagh said that Homer made his Illyiad from some such local squabble and in highlighting the role of the local in what eventually became the flight of the Exiles Gertrude Mc Hale has created a wonderful work of art.< Less
Jun 29, 2013This is an enjoyable read, based on real events in the lives of people who lived in the locality of Castleconor, County Sligo. I agree fully with the words of Tom Dowds, who was elected as the first O'Dubhda Taoiseach of Tireragh in four centuries: “Carefully researched from a historical point of view it remains faithful to the events and makes them accessible to anyone who enjoys a good story. A highly readable and valuable insight into the events of the period that I would strongly recommend to both the historian and the general reader.” Tom Dowds, Scotland. CHAPTER HEADINGS (with some quotations from contemporary documents): 1. PROLOGUE – “The Irish are fond of strangers... They love the Spaniards as their brothers.” 2. THE OLD MANUSCRIPT 3. SUMMONED TO GALWAY 4. HIGH KING OF OLD AND THE HERBALIST – “And the way to reform... must be... to lay here and there among them such small garrisons or wards as shall be able to match.” 5. SALMON POOL IN THE KITCHEN 6. MYSTERIOUS VISITORS –... More > “Two hundred cows and some garans taken from his town of Rosly by Captain Reynolds' soldiers”. 7. DONAL IS SHOCKED – “David Dowde taketh upon him to be chief of the O'Dowds; he is a civil man much Englished.” 8. TOUR OF TIRERAGH 9. DONAL'S RUSE – “they have no estates by the rules of the Common Law; for the Brehon Law... an unreasonable custom, is abolished... Thus, then... His Majesty may, at his pleasure, seize these lands and dispose thereof.” 10. THE WEDDING – “the bridegroom and friends ride out, and met the bride and her friends.” 11. RORY'S DILEMMA – “young O'Dowde... neither brought, nor could bring... such pledges as we required.” 12. BIRTH OF A SON – “Davy O'Dowd is a young knave drawn in through anger.” 13. DRAMA IN GALWAY 14. ELINOR OBJECTS 15. RORY’S TERRIBLE TRAUMA – “O’Dowda of Tireragh … was slain by one of the Queen’s soldiers, in one of his own castles in Tireragh on the Moy.” 16. RED HUGH RALLIES THE CLANS – “O’Dowdie shamefully murdered without eny punishment thereof.” 17. VICTORY AT THE CURLEW MOUNTAINS 18. THE BATTLE 19. A BRAVE MAN 20. O’ROURKE OF OXFORD 21. RETURN TO CASTLECONOR 22. ANOTHER HUSBAND 23. BY FORCED MARCHES 24. DEFEAT AT KINSALE 25. BACK AT CASTLECONOR 26. TO SPAIN WITH RED HUGH – “The ship departed for Spain in deponent’s sight... O’Sulevan, in the hearing of Donell O’Dowdy, begged the Spaniards on their return to hasten the coming to Ireland of six of the King’s ships.” 27. EPILOGUE< Less
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- Gertrude O'Reilly (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- May 9, 2013
- Hardcover (dust-jacket)
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.72 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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