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LAYING THE FOUNDATION I] 23 pp. 20, 22) whose names and uses are we are unable to identify with any and which unknown, These remarks apply of those occurring in the records. to the ancient buildings and structures of various kinds pictured here : while a large proportion are scattered over the country identified and their uses known, numerous others are still : a puzzle to antiquarians. Other classes of ancient remains, such as pictures, coloured or plain, inscriptions on stone or brick, sculptured representations of scenes of real life, all which are so abun- — — dant elsewhere for example in Egypt and which have led to such wonderful discoveries, are scanty in Ireland.

Brigit's house in Kildare was built* Passing by, as loads : : foreign to our purpose, the miraculous part of this story, which was the thing mainly in the mind of the writer, we was the custom to build houses of rods or wattles, cleaned up and and there is abundant evidence peeled before being used elsewhere to show that this would be a correct conclusion. Bearing in mind that the customs and habits of a people change slowly, that the original biographers must have had written authority of a much earlier age for some portion of their statements, and that the dates of the composition of the Lives or other Memoirs range from the fifth to the may infer from the rest that in those times it : fourteenth or fifteenth century, we shall be safe in assuming that these incidental allusions generally represent the state of society existing in Ireland orated saints from the time of the commem- down at least to the periods of the writers.

So determined were they to ward off all unpleasantness on these occasions, that no one, at the risk of his life, durst pick a quarrel or strike a blow for this was one of the rules laid down to govern all public assemblies. An Irish fair in those times was a lively and by skilled poets storytellers, jugglers' : The people were dressed in their best, great variety, for all, both men and women, loved colours, and from head to foot every individual picturesque sight. and in bright wore Here you articles of varied hues.

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