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The History of Ireland

Foras Feasa ar Éireann

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Author: Geoffrey Keating (Seathrún Céitinn)
Published: 1632
Language: English
Wordcount: 256,358 / 727 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.4
LoC Category: DA
Downloads: 1,442
Added to site: 2008.02.17 20099
Genre: History

n about 1615; though there is in the Franciscan MSS. a small religious tract, attributed to him, which may be of earlier date, as also some of his poems. The 'Three Shafts of Death' was written about 1625, and the History was completed about 1634, certainly before 1640. In 1644 he built the little church of Tubrid in which he is interred, though the exact spot is not known.

From D'Arcy McGee's position in literature, an opinion from him on Keating's History of Ireland is of some interest. He writes:-- "It is a semi-bardic and semi-historic work. It is full of faith in legends and trust in traditions. But its author has invented nothing. If it contain improbabilities or absurdities, they are not of his creation. He had gathered from manuscripts, now dispersed or almost unknown, strange facts wildly put, which jar upon our sense as downright fictions. They are not such. Ignorance has criticised what it knew not of, and condemned accounts which it had never examined. Hence Keating's name has grown to be a



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