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In some places the dwellings were clustered in groups or hamlets, not huddled close as the houses in most of our present villages, but with open spaces between. The large towns — which, however, were GOVERNMENT, MILITARY SYSTEM, AND LAW 30 very few —lay all open [PART I round, without any attempt at fortification. The people were to intellectual bright and intelligent and much entertainments and amusements. given They loved music and singing, and took delight in listening to poetry, history, and romantic stories, recited by professional poets and shanachies ; or, in the absence of by good non-professional storytellers, who were everywhere to be found among the peasantry.

In case of the great majority of mu- seum articles the chain of con- nexion is complete : that is to we are able to pronounce say, with certainty that such and Fig. 12. Fig. 13. — FlG. 14. — Fig. 14. brooch (pin cut short here to save space: see " Brooch" in Index). Irish bronze caldron for boiling meat, 12)4 inches deep, formed of plates It shows marks and signs of long use over a fire. beautifully riveted together. ) (See hollow end of the hair, 3% inches in diameter. ) FIG. 12. Ancient FIG. — Ancient Irish All three objects now in National Museum, Dublin, and descriptions in the records.

Girls to ask him for some of the rods ster, ; ; Forthwith all the horses fell down helpless under their and there they remained unable to rise, till Ailill granted Brigit's request on which she released them. The Irish narrative adds incidentally that it was from these rods St. Brigit's house in Kildare was built* Passing by, as loads : : foreign to our purpose, the miraculous part of this story, which was the thing mainly in the mind of the writer, we was the custom to build houses of rods or wattles, cleaned up and and there is abundant evidence peeled before being used elsewhere to show that this would be a correct conclusion.

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