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A grammar of the Irish language by John O'Donovan

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The Irish alphabet], ex Majorum monumentis literis refert 180 Druidum, sen datis Magoruin discipline tractatus S. " This assertion very bold indeed, is found in any of the old Lives of St. Patrick published by Colgan, or in the Book of Armagh, and it is to be feared, that O Flaherty has mistaken the meaning of the words is but no reference to it of Mac Firbis, who generally wrote in the old Irish style, with which O Flaherty had but a tolerable acquaintance. And he adds, that the same Duald Firbis wrote him an account of his being in possession of some of the taibhle fileadh, or poets tablets, " Scoof the birch tree.

R Antiquities of Ireland, 2nd 341. , p. xlvii Oil Hilton, however, stated by some that It is, this stone had lain buried beneath the earth for ages, while others asserted with confidence that the inscription was forged by Mr. John Lloyd, a Minister Irish poet of the last century, who was the first to notice it himself, in his Short Description of the Clare, as the monument of Conan, one of Finn County of Mac Cum- O Flanagan, without acknowledging that it had been ever deciphered before, actually forges an Irish quatrain, which he cites as a part of the poem called the haill s followers!

Twenty-five chapters, of which the first nine treat of the let ters; the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth, of etymology, of which Generali. he but very slightly treats ; the thirteenth chapter is on the and the remaining twelve, of the ancient Irish prosody, into which he enters very copiously. The next grammar of Irish which issued from the press oghams and contractions ; was written by the celebrated antiquary Lhwyd. It was published in his Archceologia Britannica, and prefixed to his This work was Irish-English Dictionary, Oxford, 1707.

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