No Irish Need Apply

10 Jun

An article has been posted on the International MacCarthy Clan Foundation web site regarding Courtesy Recognition of the Gaelic Royal houses.  The full article and letters are here.

I find the Queen’s official response rather…curious to say the least. Especially in light of her own heritage.  I leave the following historical quotes to provide the background and context of her heritage (emphasis mine throughout), these footnotes speak for themselves:

‘There is a double cause why I should be careful of the welfare of that people,’ said King James I. to the agents from the Irish at Whitehall, in April, 1614, ‘first, as King of England, by reason of the long possession the crown of England hath had in that land; and also as King of Scotland; for the ancient kings of Scotland are descended from the kings of Ireland; so as I have an old title as King of Scotland, therefore you shall not doubt to be relieved when you complain, so as you will proceed without clamour.’ — Macariae Excidium, pp. 31–295. Dublin, 1850. See, also, what O’Flaherty has written on this point, with reference to King James I.’s grandson, King James II.; and what Dr. Kennedy has written on the same point with reference to King James II.’s son, Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, called the Pretender. From the Stuarts, in the female line, her present Majesty derives her title to the thrones of Great Britain and Ireland, and through the Stuarts, consequently, from the older royalty of the Milesian monarchs of Ireland—the most ancient in Western Europe. Source, FootNote 96.

Seat of stone.—This was the Lia Fáil, which is said to have been brought into Ireland by the Tuatha de Dananns. The writers alluded to by our author, who had asserted that this stone had been carried to Ireland by the Gaedhil or Scoti, were John Fordun, and Hector Boetius. After the conquest of the Tuatha de Dananns, this stone was possessed by the Scoti or Milesians, in whose possession it remained so long, that it was believed to have become so closely connected with their destiny that in whatever country it should be kept, no other but a king of the Scotic race could reign. See Keating, Hal. ed., pp. 117, 199, 201, 202; also Petrie’s Antiquities of Tara Hill, pp. 161, 162, where it is shown that this stone is still at Tara, though the general belief was, that it had been removed from Tara to Scotland, in the sixth century, by Fergus Mac Eirc, and carried from the Abbey of Scone, in Scotland, to Westminster, in England, by Edward I. Keating firmly believed that the prediction respecting this stone was fulfilled in his own time, ‘in our present King Charles and his father James, whose descent is of the Scotic race, namely, from Maine, son of Corc, son of Lughaidh, of the race of Heber, son of Milesius, who were crowned kings of England upon this stone.’—p. 201. Source, FootNote 39

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Book Review: Historical Essays on the Kingdom of Munster

4 Jun

Historical Essays was compiled and written largely by Terence Francis McCarthy. Although Terrance’s misdeeds has made him a pariah, and have done much damage to the state of Gaelic nobility in Ireland, there is still good to be gleaned from his research. So I think it is sufficient to say that this book is still relevant and worth a read.

The book opens with an introduction from Peter Berresford Ellis. His introduction sets the theme for the essays in discussing the little known aspects of Irish history. These include the unique aspects of the way an Irish monarch was chosen (Brehon election system) as apposed to an English monarch, the uniqueness of the Irish monarchy system, and the longevity that it held in the rule of Ireland.  His introduction could be construed in a way as to be supportive of the Gaelic monarchy of the past and so Peter does side himself with the republican traditions so common in many western governments today.  He very much so makes an attempt to address those republicans that are so anti-monarchist that they refuse to even hear the history of a system that ruled Ireland for over 2000 years put in a good light.  His ascertains are correct, no matter your view of the monarchy. History is history, and there is much to be learned from it even if it is a history one despises.

The rest of the book is broken into twelve essays, an epilogue and two appendices.

The essays deal with matters concerning coronation ceremonies, rites and a mention of the “Divine Right of Kings” (a little understood Right that I shall write an article on soon). They also deal with prominent historical events in MacCarthy history  such as the clash with the Dal GCais (Brian Boru), Henry II, Richard the II and Elizabeth I of England.  One essay covers the order of the Niadh Nask, and one the lineage of the medieval Crown of Desmond. In the later it is pointed out that although Brehon law allows for an election, and dynastic succession is not performed based on primogeniture, it appears that primogeniture is actually what was occurring in the MacCarthy Mor sept.

There is an essay on the “False MacCarthy Mor, Florence and his successors”. This is a very interesting essay in light of the revelations of Terrance’s own misdeeds in falsifying is own genealogy.  The light of truth reveals that Florence would  indeed have a more legitimate claim to title of MacCarthy Mor than Terrance…

The essay on the “Royal House of MacCarthy Mor, International Law, and the Irish constitution” is one of the more important essays for understanding not only the MacCarthy Royal septs familial rights, but all rights of the Gaelic nobility.  As mentioned in the essay, “The mere fact that the existence of the Irish royal houses is not well know does not in any way alter their rights or prerogatives. They are entitled to the same courtesies normally extended to any other non-regent sovereign houses. Such rights are not merely allowed as a matter of good manners but unconditionally guaranteed under International Law.”

The Epilogue, “The Greening of Irish History” deals with several aspects of Irish history that have been abused and distorted. It deals with why Gaelic Ireland collapsed, the role of the Protestant church and the role of the Catholic church in destroying the influence of the Irish church. It also deals with the usurping of Gaelic heritage to further the republican cause by the present Irish government.

The Appendices are also of note in this volume.  The first appendix shows the lineage of the Eughanacht Kings of Munster and Desmond, whom the MacCarthys are the head of.  It starts with Conall Corc who established the line of Cashel kings in 379 A.D.  At  a latter time I will write an article showing the line all the way back to Zerah, the son of Judah. This will tie in well with the article on the Divine Right of Kings.

The last appendix deals with several ancient prophecies concerning the Eoghanachta and the Princedom of Tara.  These are interesting but need to be put into their historical context so it is understand why they were made. Essentially, Ireland was composed of two ruling families, The Eoghanachta and the Ui Neills. These branches originated out of the two sons of King Milesius, Heber and Heremon.  Heber’s descendants composed the Eoghanachta in the South and Heremon the Ui Neills in the North.  The Princedom of Tara was dominated mostly by the Ui Neills, although the Eoghanachta made some attempts at it.  Lining these prophecies up with history one would see there will be yet another successful attempt by a Eoghanacht king to obtain this seemingly extinct Princedom of Tara…but then again, who believes ancient prophecies…

This book can be obtained on Amazon and other book sellers.

Why Your Heritage is Important

25 Oct

“Remember the Days of Old, consider the years of many generations: ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you.”

Almost every society that has developed over the past 4,000 years has made an attempt to preserve its history in some form or another. Today we record facts and events in astonishing detail. In times past the Jewish scribes would religiously copy manuscripts letter for letter. The Egyptians constructed large architectural structures in hopes that they would endure. The Irish maintained schools of Bards that would memorize their history. The attempts of these people to preserve and pass down their history, knowledge, and culture to generations of people who had yet to be born was an attempt to preserve and tell an intentional message. It was an attempt to pass on the wisdom and experience of the generations that had gone before them.  This one facet makes the study of history a valuable use of your time.

It will provide you the basis for, and a depth of,  an understanding in the subjects of economics, education, geography, law, psychology, linguistics, political science and foreign policy among others.  It provides the seeds of wisdom that will grow into true wisdom as you study any of the above subjects. This is how history enhances the study of those subjects and thus enhances your own education and life. This is history in general. But what of heritage? What of YOUR heritage?  What is it and why is that important?

Heritage is the history, unique knowledge, values and traditions that have developed by a combination of genes and environment over time. Heritage, whether it be national, cultural, or family is an endowment of unique sets of historical knowledge; but foremost, heritage is your history.   It is responsible for how we came to be, it is a very large part of who and what we are, and it can determine what we will become. As humans, we are free moral agents; because we can determine our future to great degrees, we may delude ourselves into thinking the past has no impact on us. But choices and past events have very profound and long-lasting impacts on any decision we can possibly make; therefore all decisions or choices made now are done so in the context of the past.

So heritage is a conglomeration of genes, decisions and environmental factors that have personally affected us, and continue to affect us, that we had no active part in. Since it is a part of you that you can not disassociate yourself from, since you can not make a decision outside of its context, it is imperative for you to know about, understand, and embrace your heritage.

A Sense of Identity and a Guide Post

A keen sense of your heritage will help you to understand, in part, just who you are. The yearning by many adolescents to “discover who they are”  and their importance or role in this world can be answered in the study of their heritage. Of course adults can also suffer from this crisis in identity and heritage can be just as much of a cure for them.

Albeit true that your heritage does not fully determine WHO you are, it essentially helps to determine your “starting position” in life. It can give you an idea of what you may have the potential to become. Therefore in that way it can help define where you may want to go. In the same vein therefore it can hep you determine what you do with your life, what you may choose as a profession or a hobby. If you have people who are part of your heritage that have done great exploits, you have close examples that you can try to emulate.  If you have people who are part of your heritage that are notorious, you have close examples of what you may try to avoid. If your heritage displays a people of certain admirable characteristics you may more easily adopt them; a people of poor character, you have an idea of where you might start to improve your own personal character.

This sense of identity that you gain from the study of your heritage will help to explain to others who you are, but more so it will help to explain who you are — to yourself. This intimate knowledge of self can lead you down the road of your ancestry’s mistakes or to their great exploits.

Value Your Heritage

The value of a heritage comes from its inheritors – from the Living!

Heritage is an inheritance better than money or property. Unlike money or other property, heritage cannot be stolen or taken from you as long as you are alive. It can only be lost or forgotten by a choice that you make. This would be the choice of neglect and disuse. What value is an instruction manual to a complex machine if it is left in packing material and thrown away – none! But when we read that manual,  encapsulate that knowledge into our mind, and use it – then there is great value.

We have a world today that has destroyed much of its heritage through war or through neglect. Our mobile society and fast pace world, with the immense prosperity we enjoy, has caused us to forget much of our heritage. We have used our time in meaningless pursuits.  We have relegated our family history books, and our nation’s history books, to the corners of our library. We have watered down, or forgotten altogether, our traditions. We have sequestered the older generation to retirement communities and nursing facilities, and as they grow old and die – so does our heritage. Because more often than not, that generation failed to pass it on, while the next fails to retrieve it from them.

Our Gift to Future Generations

If we value our heritage, we will then be able to pass it on to our children with a little bit of ourselves attached to it. What we do now, how we live our lives and the character we build, adds to the heritage we leave to our children. Some of us may not have money or property to give to our children when we die, but we can give a rich heritage to them. We can offer a heritage that will enhance their lives in every good way that we desire for them.

John McCarthy – Computer Scientist

19 Sep

Most of us, from birth, have been on a continual course to obtain more intelligence.  A high IQ is not only a way to feed oneself – but also a pretty good way to let others know how intelligent you are. Just be careful, bragging about a high IQ may require you to prove it.

In any case there was a man who apparently became so full of smart that he ran out of smarts to get..so what was he to do?  Lesser men would remain at that level, full of smarts..enjoying the station of reaching their intellectual capacity…not John McCarthy!

John McCarthy invented more “smarts”. That is right, in 1955, being plum full of smarts, John McCarthy coined the term “Artificial Intelligence” and he was just getting started…by the summer of 1956 gave birth to a new field of research science.  He developed the LISP programming language in 1960, to give others the power to create artificial intelligence. At MIT he fostered the idea of computer time sharing, which became very popular in the main frame computer world and  has been given new birth in today’s Cloud computing systems.  Amazingly he even developed new types of logical thought and processing tools used by every computer programmer today. Reviewing his life long work, there are few computer scientists that were as influential as John…and of course perhaps non as brilliant.

For his work he would receive the Turing Award, 1988 Kyoto Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal, and the 1990 National Medal of Science in Mathematical, Statistical, and Computational Sciences. I am also pretty sure he may have won a few high school science fairs and managed an “A” or two in his high school math classes.

John died in 2011. But before he did it is likely he may have programmed his brain into one of those time share computers at Stanford University. I say this because he still maintains his web page…and it is still under construction.

Andrew C. McCarthy – This one is still alive

30 Jul

I have noticed in my short span of time since I created this blog that I have focused on personalities of the Name that are deceased. In the spirit of also promoting and advancing the Clan in the present and future I bring to you Andrew McCarthy…

Andrew was formally educated at Columbia University and New York Law school. Andrew may not have chosen arms to wage war against our enemies, as tradition dictates, but he has waged war in a different capacity.

Andrew was an assistant to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. This position allowed him to lead the prosecution team against the terrorists of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He also helped to prosecute other terrorists that bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania (yes, we have an embassy there).

I think we can all understand the problem with prosecuting our enemies in courts of law when the proper venue for that is the battlefield. But Andrew did what he could with the capacities given to him and would latter publicly state this position himself.

In today’s world we often find our greatest enemy is our own lack of clarity in thought, a wrong sense of right and wrong, and a lack of understanding due to a dearth in lessons that history should have taught us. Andrew now provides some of that clarity and some of those lessons. Presently he is a columnist for the National Review and has written several books.

Purchase his books and read his column. You will find some well presented insight.

Lia Fail and the Quest for the Stone of Destiny

20 Jun

Recently the “Stone of Destiny” has made the news because somebody decided to take hammer to it for reasons only known to the perpetrator. However, I suspect it was to perhaps garner some supernatural power that this person believes may be inherent in the stone.  Of course, the problem is that this person got the wrong stone.

The Standing Stone

The Standing Stone on top of Tara Hill in County Meath Ireland is mistakenly assumed to be Lia Fail, the stone of Destiny, that the Irish High Kings and the Kings descended from Milesius were coronated over.  The shadows of time have caused this confusion but a proper account of history shows that there is only one Stone of Destiny and that it currently resides in Scotland and is still used to coronate the Monarchs that came from those still extant lines.  The Standing Stone is no doubt ancient, but far from a coronation stone it had different purposes and was used by the Tuatha Dé Danann before the Celtic invasion of the Milesians. Previous to the mid-1800s this stone was laying in one of the ringed ditches on Tara. But that is another story and the proof of this is not the purpose of this article.

I thought since this news piece has brought the subject to the forefront, I might enlighten my readers as to what this has to do with the Clan MacCarthy.

The Blarney Stone

The Blarney Stone resides in Blarney castle and can be used as physical evidence of the fraud perpetrated by Robert the Bruce.  Legends surround it, but the truth of the matter is actually very important even to this day.

Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster, resided in Blarney Castle during the period in focus. Across the North Channel the Scots were having a dispute (a war) with the English. In 1314 Robert had spent some time gearing up for battle against the English he knew might come; as he was laying siege to Sterling Castle and the English were not pleased. To evict the Scottish squatters around his precious castle, the English King Edward had raised a sizable army (almost 20,000 soldiers) and were coming to cause havoc upon the Scots.

Robert had a problem though.  He didn’t have enough men to take on 20,000 battle hardened Englishmen bent on pillage and destruction. But he did have a friend in Ireland. Robert had previously made acquaintance with Cormac. A deal was struck between the two. Cormac would supply 4000 Irish soldiers and in return he required the Stone of Destiny, Lia Fail.  Robert the Bruce accepted and gladly received the 4000 Irish soldiers. Now victory would be assured because 1 Irish soldier is like having 10 regular soldiers. Robert now had a great number superiority as the Irish contribution alone would be the equivalent of 40,000 men – against the 20,000 Edward had. Robert also had a few troops of his own – so this battle against Edward should have been a cake walk.  And…it was! The battle of Bannockburn was fought over two days on the 24th and 25th of June in 1314. It was a complete Scottish victory and strengthened Robert the Bruce significantly. The Scots would eventually gain their independence 10 years later.

So, the battle won, Robert the Bruce delivered “a stone” to Cormac some years later. Now news may not have traveled as fast in the 13th and 14th centuries as it does now, but it could not have escaped Cormac’s knowledge that the Stone had already been taken by King Edward in 1296. Cormac must have assumed the Stone would be recaptured or returned to Scotland somehow in order for Robert the Bruce to make good on his word. Indeed there was an effort to get the Stone back from England as the Treaty of Northampton in 1328 required. However the Treaty was never honored. Never-the-less, Robert the Bruce did eventually deliver a stone to Cormac which he claimed to be the Stone of Destiny. But it wasn’t the the true Lia Fail…it was another stone and for whatever reason Cormac did not know that! He and his progeny for years did not realize the fraud; the stone they were given was eventually installed in the top of the Keep in Blarney Castle.

Many may be wondering why on earth Cormac would want a stone and give 4000 soldiers for it. Well, the details of that is yet another story. But essentially it is because he knew the Stone the Scots had in their possession was the real Lia fail and that it had, at the very least, symbolic power and rich history having to do with Kings and Rights of power dating back to antiquity.

Making Good Robert’s Indiscretions

So we come back to the fraud and the importance of that fraud.  Robert the Bruce made a deal with Cormac; who as a King and a Chief of the Clan was also a type of proxy for the whole MacCarthy clan.  The MacCarthy clan is still extant today and so is Lia Fail. It sits in Scotland today.  Therefore, to make good the deal, the Scottish ought to give us Lia Fail, the Stone of Destiny (the Stone of Scone) or…perhaps they need to provide us the equivalent of 4000 Irish soldiers (40,000 Scottish soldiers).

We would rather have the stone as per the original deal, but we will take the soldiers as well.

Furthering the Science of Genetics

4 Jun

What would the McCarty’s have to do with Genetics?  You would not have to be a quick study to see that we have some of the best genetics ever gifted by the hand of providence.  However there is more to it than just that.

The entire field of modern genetics and molecular biology rests upon the shoulders of three men:  Oswald Avery, Colin MacLeod, and Maclyn McCarty.  In the Avery–MacLeod–McCarty experiment they demonstrated that it was DNA that contained the hereditary material (genes). Previous to this, it was thought that proteins must have contained such information.  DNA was not given much thought and was thought by many to be some sort of support structure to the cell.

Maclyn’s contribution to science did not end there though. His work with rheumatic fever helped to bring better understanding to the disease but also detect and diagnose it. The methods he developed for testing is standard medical practice today.

Macyln McCarty’s life was full of many other notable achievements and can be found here.

As for further reading on his chief contribution to science, it is best to get it from him, his memoir can be found here.