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?
The phrase "Mad as a March Hare" was popularized by Lewis Carrol in his classic, Alice in Wonderland, in which the March Hare is a character. The phrase was coined because hares are supposed to behave strangely during the March mating season.

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