O'Byrne

O'Byrne is one of the great names of the Wicklow area south of Dublin. As well as giving an account of the O'Byrnes and their history, the two books of Edward Rutherfurd's Irish saga follow the story of a fictional branch, the O'Byrnes of Rathconan, from a princely ancestor at the time of Saint Patrick through to the Irish Free State. Sometimes chiefs and abbots, sometimes poor folk - one, who leaves Ireland with the 'Wild Geese' - gains wealth and a title in Europe before returning. But whatever their condition the O'Byrnes of Rathconan are usually striking and romantic figures.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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