THE MENTALITY OF DECEIT
The facts of history may hurt but they are not calculated to offend.
The campaign of violence and denigration conducted during the past quarter of a century against the Protestant Unionist majority of Northern Ireland has been based on deliberate falsification of historical fact by the two traditional enemies of Ulster – Irish Nationalism and the Roman Catholic Church. The Irish Nationalist concept of history, fantasised by the rich Gaelic imagination and fused with the superstitions of Romanism, has obscured historical truth in a mist of mystery and superstition.
The outcome of such deception has been the widespread mistaken belief that the Irish were the original inhabitants of the island now called “Ireland”, that they therefore have some sort of divine historical right to its ownership, and that the history of Ulster somehow began with the so-called “Plantation” in the seventeenth century, when these “invaders” are alleged to have ousted the so- called “original” religion of the island, said to have been Roman Catholicism.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and those who have come to believe this lie, especially the Irish themselves, have also become its most tragic victims; for the fusion of history and legend in the Irish mind has led to m^identification of the oppressor as the British Protestant “colonialist” and the failure to recognise that the real bondage of the Irish was imposed upon them in the twelfth century when the light of unadulterated Christian doctrine was corrupted by the forced colonialism of the Roman Catholic Church.
GENERATIONS OF ROMAN CATHOLIC IRISH REPUBLICANS HAVE PROCLAIMED loud and long that the source of all of Ireland s woes has been the presence of the English. The Emerald Isle, once famed as a land of Saints and Scholars, has been drenched in blood down the centuries, as inhuman fiends posing as patriots have murdered, maimed and massacred, rebelled and waged civil war, often with the blessing of the Roman Catholic clergy, in the supposed cause of Irish freedom.
However the suppressed facts of history are that when King Henry II of England landed with an army of 4,000 at Waterford in October 1171, he came at the Pope s behest and carrying as his authority the Papal Bull Laudabiliter, by which the Roman Pontiff claimed the right to bestow Ireland as a gift to the English King on condition that he suppressed the ancient Celtic or Culdee Church, and brought the island and its people into submission to Rome.
We reproduce herewith the Bull Laudabiliter by which Pope Adrian IV (above) gave Ireland to England:
IN THIS EDITION we have inserted all the Genealogies contained in the Third Edition of Irish Pedigrees, as well as those given in our Irish Landed Gentry when Cromwell came to Ireland; and, wherever we could do so, we have given a description of the Armorial Bearings  of each family whose genealogy we have traced.
From the large quantity of additional matter collected therefor, this Edition became so voluminous, that it had to be divided into two Volumes.
In this Vol. we give the “Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation,” and, so far as we could collect them, the genealogies of the families which branched from that ancient stem; together with the territories possessed by the ancient Irish families in the twelfth century; a Chapter on the “English Invasion,” and another on the “Cromwellian Devastation,” of Ireland.
In Vol. II. we give the “Families in Ireland from the twelfth to the end of the sixteenth century,” with the counties in which they, respectively, were located; the Names of the Settlers in Ireland under the “Plantation of Ulster;” the Names of the Adventurers who came into Ireland with the Cromwellian Settlement, or with the Revolution; the Names of the Huguenot and Palatine families which settled in Ireland; the “Most important families in Ireland, and the counties in which they were located, at the beginning of the seventeenth century;” the Genealogies of Anglo-Irish and other families which settled in Ireland since the English invasion; the Irish Brigades in the service of foreign nations; the papers contained in the Appendix to the Third Edition of our Irish Pedigrees, and in the Appendix to our Irish Landed Gentry; the “Opinions of the Press,” from Newspapers and Periodicals in the Old and New World, etc.
ALTHOUGH the title of this work indicates that Irish people discovered America previous to the ninth century, I will not attempt to show at what particular time that event took place. In such works as have come under my notice, relating to the early discoveries of America, I find no positive evidence that the Irish people ever discovered America in the sense in which the term is used, as applied to newly found lands.
I believe, however, that a perusal of the following pages will leave little doubt in peoples’ minds that a Celtic race once inhabited almost the entire .Western Hemisphere, and that a large part of the North American Continent was known to the Northmen by the name of Great Ireland. Whether these Celts originally came from Ireland, or the people of Ireland from America, no one can say with absolute certainty.
Some historians inform us that little was known of Ireland by the ancients, and that no definite accounts of that island were obtained until the time of the invasion of Britain by the Romans. It is probable that Ireland knew far more of the ancients than they knew of Ireland. According to the map of Ptolemy, the central portion of Ireland was inhabited in his day by the Scoti in the north by the Robogdii; the east by the Dania, Eblanii, Cauci Menapii and Coriundi: the south by the Brigantes, Vodii and Iberni; the west by the Luceni, Velaborii, Cangani, Autcri, Magnatæ and Haudinii,
In offering these pages to the public I am in accord with a sentiment which is universal, at least I believe among enlightened minds, and that is the desire to know the truth of history instead of the fiction which has been substituted therefor. In these pages I have drawn aside the veil with which true history has been hidden, besides disclosing what agencies perpetrated this great deception and their reasons for so doing; thereby I enable the reader to obtain a clear perspective of the past.
The Muse of History has had no official chronicler to record the events of mankind and preserve them intact for the inspection of posterity. Instead, the field has been preempted and exploited by powerful and selfish interests who have falsified history to an outrageous extent. During a former age a system of records and a chronicle of events came down to us until a comparatively recent time, historically speaking, which gave a true account and a just portrayal of life in those ancient times. The reason for this was that it was the natural and obvious result of a static or settled state of society which lasted for thousands of years, and there was no object or purpose in concealment. During those ages the intellectual powers had full play, and the individual man reached a higher plane poetically, philosophically and spiritually than at other period in the World’s history. This may be rightly called the Celtic Cultural Age. To this age we look back as the source from which we obtained the great gifts which we of today esteem as of the most priceless value to mankind.
The causes inherent in man and society which brought about a change from this ancient social state, resulting in the suppression of the history of those times and substitution therefor of a mass of fiction, are told the first time in these pages. I might easily have enlarged this little volume; in fact it was with difficulty that I was enabled to keep it within its present compressed form. To enlarge upon or to extend some of the topics treated herein, such as the Bible, would require a very large volume or series of volumes in themselves.
However, I hope that I have given out enough of truth in this work to interest or to help everyone into whose hands it may come. Believing this to be so, I send it forth to go from man to man like a messenger to deliver its message of Light and Truth.
INTRODUCTION It is said that truth is often stranger than fiction. Such is the case with the life and mission of the prophet Jeremiah and his connection with Ireland’s ancient past. After the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. the Bible tells us how Jeremiah fled with the Kings daughters and a remnant of Judah into the land of Egypt. But did Jeremiah perish in Egypt along with this royal party or was the Davidic dynasty down planted elsewhere? Irish legendary history contains a striking Incident which tells of the arrival in Ulster of an elderly prophet, accompanied by his scribe and an Eastern princess. This fascinating story not only connects the history of Ireland, Scotland and England, but offers an astonishing revelation In regards to the “Ten Lost Tribes” of Israel and the Davidic Throne that reigns over them.
In the days when King David reigned over the 12 tribes of Israel the Lord spoke to David through the prophet Nathan and said:‑
11 Samuel 7:10; “I will appoint a place far my people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more.”
ON JUNE 17TH 1922, THERE TOOK PLACE IN THE TOWN LAND OF ALTNAVEIGH, a blood-thirsty massacre of defenceless Protestant people, as the Roman Catholic, Irish Republican Army sought to strangle at birth the new State of Northern Ireland, by these and other acts of genocide. As it is vital that our people, especially our young folk, remember the fact s of hi story and what fate would await us in a Roman Catholic-dominated, all-Ireland statelet, we issue this the first in a series of “Lest We Forget” pamphlets.
Newspapers of that time reported the massacre with the following headlines:-
“RED DAWN NEAR NEWRY”
“BOMB DROPS IN CRADLE”
“HOUSES BURNED TO THE GROUND”
“HARROWING STORIES TOLD BY SURVIVORS”
Rev. P. McKee who conducted the funeral services of the victims, had this to say:-
“From this congregation, a young lad, a man in the prime of life, and his wife have been done to death in ways that leave un-manifested no form of bestial cruelty and fiendish malice––the marauders have left us a bloody mile of roofless houses, and blood and fire on what was once a beautiful country road. I shall never forget the sights I saw, or the narratives told to me by the survivors. God give me strength to remember that lesson and to interpret it.—even in warfare there is a certain limit to atrocity, a certain code of honour is practised by all but the vilest savage.
In this, those who wrought Saturday’s deed of shame have no share––-When the victims asked their assassins, “What have we done?” they got the answer — “YOU ARE PROTESTANTS”.
THE object of Mr Kettle, in writing this book, is, I take it, to reveal to English readers what he not inaptly terms as “The Open Secret of Ireland,” in order to bring about a better understanding between the two nations, and to smoothe the way to a just and final settlement of their old-time differences. Any work undertaken on such lines commends itself to a ready welcome and a careful study, and I feel sure that both await Mr Kettle’s latest contribution to the literature of the Irish question. As the son of one of the founders of the Land League, and as, for some years, one of the most brilliant members of the Irish Party, and, later, Professor in the School of Economics in the new National University in Dublin, he has won his way to recognition as an eloquent exponent of Irish national ideas; whilst the novelty of his point of view, and the freshness, vigour, and picturesque attractiveness of his style ensure for his work a cordial reception on its literary merits, apart from its political value.
Undoubtedly, one of the main sources of the Anglo-Irish difficulty has been mutual misunderstanding, generating mutual mistrust and hatred. But the root of the difficulty goes deeper. It is to be sought in the system of misgovernment and oppression which successive generations of British rulers have imposed upon what, with cruel irony, British historians and statesmen have been wont to call “the sister country.” This is the real “open secret” of Ireland, a secret that all who run may read, and the effective bearing of which is: that tyranny begets hatred, and that freedom and justice are the only sure foundations of contentment and goodwill between nations.
During the past thirty years, and especially since 1886, when Mr Gladstone threw the weight of his unrivalled genius and influence into the scale in favour of justice to Ireland, a great deal has been done to erase the bitter memories of the past, and to enable the English and the Irish peoples to regard each other in the light of truth, and with a more just appreciation of what is essential to the establishment of genuine and lasting friendly relations between them.
But it would be idle to ignore the fact that, to a considerable section of the English people, Ireland is still a country of which they possess less knowledge than they do of the most insignificant and remote of the many islands over which the British flag floats. Mr Kettle’s book ought to be of service in dispelling this ignorance, and in enabling Englishmen to view the Anglo-Irish question from the standpoint of an educated and friendly Irish opinion.
The output of purely political literature on the Irish problem has been increasing during the past few years, and there is room for a book which aims at focusing attention upon some aspects of it which the mere politician is apt to pass lightly over or to ignore altogether. Like most of Mr Kettle’s work, the book bears the impress of his individuality, and, to many of his readers, this will constitute much of its charm and merit. At the same time, in order to prevent misunderstanding, it is necessary for me to state that I do not commit myself to acceptance or endorsement of everything which the book contains. I content myself with stating, from personal experience, that nothing which Mr Kettle writes about Ireland can fail to be worthy of notice by everyone interested in the Home Rule controversy, and that I believe the circulation of this volume will serve to stimulate thought about Ireland, and so to hasten the advent of that brighter day when the grant of full self-government to Ireland will reveal to England the open secret of making Ireland her friend and helpmate, the brightest jewel in her crown of Empire.