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From: Alan R <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Blood of the Irish
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2009 12:38:13 +0000 (GMT)

Did a little googling.  Seems that (Father) Tom O'Connor is/was an Irish  Roman Catholic missionary priest.  That does put him in the amateur historian 'handle with care' category although I would add that some really great Irish historians of the past were clergymen like Cannon James O'Laverty and Rev. William Reeves (who I think was an Irish Anglican Bishop). 


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Sent: Thursday, 8 January, 2009 4:04:27 AM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Blood of the Irish

In a message dated 1/7/2009 9:04:52 A.M. Central Standard Time, writes:
I have not heard of this author and it is interesting that no academic background is mentioned under the author.  However, it actually does sound like he has stumbled upon another Irisih royal site similar to Navan (Emain Macha), Tara, Dun Ailiine etc.  Not sure about any claims beyond that.  What also seems to lend it credibility is that Dáibhí O Cróinín  is mentioned as reviewing it.  The latter is a great Irish historical and linguistic academic scholar of very high renown.  Must say though the highly abbreviated quote from him is a just little suspicious but maybe I am just paranoid.  I might get this if its cheap and available on amazon.  Then I can post a review here!

I found a few references to published works by the author, Tom O'Connor.

Jordan, K. and O'Connor, T. (2003).  Archaeological sites of interest surrounding the
Turoe Stone, Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, Vol. 55,
pages 110-116.

O'Connor, T. (2003).  Turoe and Athenry, Ancient Capitals of Celtic Ireland.  K. Jordan L(ed).,
Tom O'Connor.
ISBN: 0954487508 9780954487508

Hand of History - Burden of Pseudo History: Subtitle: Touchstone of Truth (Paperback)
by Tom O Connor (Author)
ISBN-10: 1412034582

The last one is a paperback - it should be cheap enough. 


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