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Searching for the source of the ancient Celtic Hy-Tuirtre Kingdom that once existed in the Ulster heartland.

Background Information

I had the idea many years ago that I would research my Celtic origins beyond the limits of the standard family tree. I wanted to reach back and find a better understanding of our history. To do that I would have to get behind the history of colonization and have a look into early Ireland, the land of Saint's and Scholar's. I got the opportunity recently to progress this task and further to same I present the untold story of the Hy-Tuirtre Kingdom of Ulster.

I was born and reared in the foothills of the Sliabh Beagh uplands in North West Monaghan a short distance from the International border that separates the Republic of Ireland from Northern Ireland. My early education was commenced at Aughnashalvey High School and completed at Magherarny National School in the Smithboro Hills. My formal or Secondary Education was completed at St.Macartan's College Monaghan before completing a Construction Industry Diploma at College's in Dundalk and Limerick. I now live in Cork with my wife and family.

The title of the book is Mighty Oaks - The Story of a Celtic Kingdom and the rear cover advises as follows:

Julius Caesar’s Roman Legions defeated the Celtic tribes of France and England a generation before the birth of Christ. The remaining pockets of Celtic culture that survived in Ireland held steadfastly to their traditions until the Gaelic Order was closed by Lord Mountjoy in 1601. Mythology and historical records facilitate the tracking  and  development  of  that  Celtic  tradition  and the  Hy-Tuirtre  Kingdom  until  the  conquest  of  Ulster.

By following the progress of the Hy-Tuirtre Kingdom over the  course of their millennia, enables the reader to gain an understanding of Celtic and Gaelic practice in ancient Ireland. The Hy-Tuirtre although not alone in the Oirghiallian Federation (Oriel) experienced many changes to their country and Kingdom throughout the period of their existence in the Ulster heartland. Insurmountable force and change had a lasting impact on the   traditions of the Hy-Tuirtre people. This occurred when the Hy-Tuirtre found their Kingdom at a point in time at the  front line  of  the  Anglo Norman expansion in East Ulster. That expansion  hampered and prevented them  from  executing  their  traditional  Celtic  survival  strategy.

Patrick J Flynn observing the landscape, the semi mythical and politics of early Ireland over some three millennia sets the stage for the establishment and development of the Hy-Tuirtre Kingdom. He assembles and follows the real story of that early Kingdom from Conn of the Hundred Battles in A.D. 123 to the  final collapse of the Kingdom, and the death of Thomas O'Flynn  the last King of Hy-Tuirtre in 1365.


The motivations that I relied on to research and develop this story lies principally in seeking to find the root of the Flynn, O'Flynn, Glynn or Lynn descendancy line through the ages. This will enable people with an interest in that historical past to maintain links and pass on the story to future generations.

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Hy-Tuirtre Kingdom
Dedicated to promoting my first book Mighty Oaks - The Story of a Celtic Kingdom. Mighty Oaks tells the story of the ancient Celtic Hy-Tuirtre Kingdom

A website I use to promote web skills.

Ballincollig Community Forum
A website development that I am currently working on.

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