Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Kingdom of Dál Riata :

[Regarding picture below], published in the year George Buchanan died, "Rerum Scoticarum Historia", " Praised by Dr Johnson and the later Hugh MacDiarmid as a ‘prince of poets’, George Buchanan (1506-1582) found time to re-write Scottish history, starting from the mythical Fergus Mór mac Eirc, legendary king of Dál Riata, and founder of Scotland."

The history of the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, has been misused and misunderstood, and even has some Loyalists and Unionists (and others) promoting this pseudo-history that this ancient Kingdom of "Scots-Irish" is some kind of British idea. This is patently false, and I was reminded today, watching a documentary about Mary Black's family today; "Ceol na n-Oileán ", filmed in Rathlin and "features performances from Mary, Frances and Michael Black and younger members of the Black Family, as well as local singers Teresa McFaul and John McCurdy", in which the family talks about the common Gaelic lineage of Irish and Scots, and talks about the history of the ancient Gaels, in ancient times, just GAELS, not as of yet, Scottish or Irish, but the ancient Gaels of Dál Riata, who lived in the Gaelic isles and regions that stretched throughout Antrim and parts of what is know "Scotland", who orginally spoke one Gaelic language in common, and who resisted, as a common people the British encroachment upon their common indigenous Gaelic lands......Far from being a history of "British" or "Scots-Irish", this Kingdom of Dál Riata, was a proud Gaelic people who spoke one Gaelic tongue and were the ancestors of both Irish and Scottish Gaels.........And who all throughout history resisted the British encroachment of their lands. Clearly, not the same story as the pseudo-historians of the Unionist and Loyalist mindset.

--- Rory Dub., Radio Rebel Gael

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