How Ancient Irish People were Governed

Did you ever wonder why so many Irish came to America even before the 1844 famine? Here is a bit of information about how they were ruled over by their kings and masters.

Anciently, kings were of various grades, according to the extent of the country or district they ruled over. The highest of all was the king of Ireland, who lived in the royal palace at Tara. He was called the Ard-ri [ard-ree], i.e., ‘High king’ or Over-king, because he claimed authority over all the others. There was also a king over each of the five provinces — Leinster, Munster, Connaught…



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