From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
O'Brien, Henry, author of The Round Towers of Ireland, or the Mysteries of Freemasonry, of Sabaism, and of Budhism (1834), was born in Kerry in 1808, was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and died in London, 28th June, 1835, aged 27. His extraordinary work on the Round Towers was at one time much esteemed, and was even awarded a prize of £20 by the Royal Irish Academy.
171. Ireland, History of, from the earliest period to the English Invasion: Rev. Geoffrey Keating: Translated from the Irish, and Noted by John O'Mahony. New York, 1857.
299. Round Towers of Ireland: H. O'Brien. London, 1834.
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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