Author: Mary Dowling Daley
Traditional Irish Laws
While the ancient Irish poets sang the praises of oak, elm or the speckled salmon, the Brehons, or lawyer arbitrators, were scratching down the ancient Irish laws which, while eminently practical, often seem as whimsical as the Irish themselves are sometimes purported to be.
By the time of Elizabeth I, the laws were banned as being unreasonable and barbarous. Yet they appeal today as much for their sense of fair-mindedness as for their off-beat humour and na´ve charm.
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