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O’Grady, Selected Essays & Passages.

O’Grady, Standish. Selected Essays & Passages. [With many chapters on Cú Chulainn as well as essays on “Pacata Hibernia” / Irish Conservatism and its Outlook etc] Dublin, The Phoenix Publishing Company, no date (c.1940). 13 x 19 cm. 340 pages. Hardcover. Blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. Very good condition.

Standish James O’Grady (Irish: Anéislis Séamus Ó Grádaigh; 18 September 1846 – 18 May 1928) was an Irish author, journalist, and historian. O’Grady was inspired by Sylvester O’Halloran and played a formative role in the Celtic Revival, publishing the tales of Irish mythology, as the History of Ireland: Heroic Period (1878), arguing that the Gaelic tradition had rival only from the tales of Homeric Greece. O’Grady was a paradox for his times, proud of his Gaelic heritage, he was also a member of the Church of Ireland, a champion of aristocratic virtues (particularly decrying bourgeois values and the uprooting cosmopolitanism of modernity) and at one point advocated a revitalised Irish people taking over the British Empire and renaming it the Anglo-Irish Empire.

O’Grady’s influence crossed the divide of the Anglo-Irish and Irish-Ireland traditions in literature. His influence was explicitly stated by the Abbey Theatre set with Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats and George William Russell attributing their interest in the Fenian Cycle of Gaelic tradition in part to him. In a more cautious sense, some of the figures associated with the Sinn Féin movement and it’s more radical nationalist fringes, such as Arthur Griffith and Patrick Pearse, sometimes had positive things to say about his efforts in helping to retrieve from the past the Gaelic heroic outlook (although they rejected his unionist views and Episcopalian disposition). (Wikipedia)

Includes for example: Introduction of the Bardic History of Ireland / Ceasair and Ceasairian Deities / Natural Mythology of the Irish / irish Unity / Cuculain, Son of Sualtam / The Knighting of Cuculain / The Duel of Cuculain and Fardia / A Hosting of the Sidhe / The Prowess of Cuculain / The Death of Cuculain / The Vision of Queen Meave / Niall Mor of the Nine Hostages / Irish Poolitics and Political History: “Pacata Hibernia” / Irish Conservatism and its Outlook / The Great Enchantment / Ireland and the Hour /
Miscellaneous Essays: Walt Whitman: The Poet of Joy / Paganism – Greek and Irish / Slievenaman / Slieve Gullion //

Cú Chulainn, also spelt Cú Chulaind or Cúchulainn, Irish for “Culann’s Hound”) and sometimes known in English as Cuhullin is an Irish mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, as well as in Scottish and Manx folklore. The son of the god Lugh and Deichtine (sister of Conchobar mac Nessa), his childhood name was Sétanta.

He gained his better-known name as a child, after killing Culann’s fierce guard-dog in self-defence and offered to take its place until a replacement could be reared. At the age of seventeen he defended Ulster single-handedly against the armies of queen Medb of Connacht in the famous Táin Bó Cúailnge (″Cattle Raid of Cooley”). It was prophesied that his great deeds would give him everlasting fame, but his life would be a short one. He is known for his terrifying battle frenzy, or ríastrad (translated by Thomas Kinsella as “warp spasm” and by Ciaran Carson as “torque”), in which he becomes an unrecognisable monster who knows neither friend nor foe. He fights from his chariot, driven by his loyal charioteer Láeg and drawn by his horses, Liath Macha and Dub Sainglend. In more modern times, Cú Chulainn is often referred to as the “Hound of Ulster”.
Cú Chulainn shows striking similarities to the legendary Persian hero Rostam, as well as to the Germanic Lay of Hildebrand and the labours of the Greek epic hero Hercules, suggesting a common Indo-European origin, but lacking in linguistic, anthropological and archaeological material. (Wikipedia)

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O'Grady, Selected Essays & Passages.
O’Grady, Selected Essays & Passages.