Ratification of International Human Rights Treaties – Israel

August 17, 1949: The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948 as General Assembly Resolution 260. The convention entered into force on 12 January 1951. It defines genocide in legal terms, and is the culmination of years of campaigning by lawyer Raphael Lemkin. All participating countries are advised to prevent and punish actions of genocide in war and in peacetime. Ratified on March 9, 1950.

December 8, 1949: The First Geneva Convention, for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field, is one of four treaties of the Geneva Conventions. It defines “the basis on which rest the rules of international law for the protection of the victims of armed conflicts.” The Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field was adopted in 1864. It was significantly revised and replaced by the 1906 version, the 1929 version, and later the First Geneva Convention of 1949. It is inextricably linked to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is both the instigator for the inception and enforcer of the articles in these conventions. Ratified on July 6, 1951.

December 8, 1949: The Second Geneva Convention, for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea, is one of the four treaties of the Geneva Conventions. The Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea was first adopted in 1906, after the Russo-Japanese war, but was significantly updated and replaced by the Second Geneva Convention of 1949. It adapts the main protections of the First Geneva Convention to combat at sea. Ratified on July 6, 1951.

December 8, 1949: The Third Geneva Convention, relative to the treatment of prisoners of war, is one of the four treaties of the Geneva Conventions. The Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War was first adopted in 1929, but significantly revised and replaced by the Third Geneva Convention of 1949. It defines humanitarian protections for prisoners of war. There are 196 state parties to the Convention. Ratified on July 6, 1951.

December 8, 1949: The Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, commonly referred to as the Fourth Geneva Convention and abbreviated as GCIV, is one of the four treaties of the Geneva Conventions. It was adopted in August 1949, and defines humanitarian protections for civilians in a war zone. Ratified on July 6, 1951.

August 1, 1951: The Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (CRSR) is a United Nations multilateral treaty that defines who is a refugee, and sets out the rights of individuals who are granted asylum and the responsibilities of nations that grant asylum. The Convention also sets out which people do not qualify as refugees, such as war criminals. The Convention also provides for some visa-free travel for holders of travel Documents issued under the convention. Ratified on October 1, 1951.

October 1, 1954: The Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons is a 1960 United Nations multilateral treaty that aims to protect stateless individuals. Ratified December 23, 1958.

August 10, 1961: The Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness is a 1961 United Nations multilateral treaty whereby sovereign states agree to reduce the incidence of statelessness. The Convention was originally intended as a Protocol to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, while the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons was adopted to cover stateless persons who are not refugees and therefore not within the scope of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

March 7, 1966: The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is a United Nations convention. A third-generation human rights instrument, the Convention commits its members to the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of understanding among all races. Controversially, the Convention also requires its parties to outlaw hate speech and criminalize membership in racist organizations. The Convention also includes an individual complaints mechanism, effectively making it enforceable against its parties. This has led to the development of a limited jurisprudence on the interpretation and implementation of the Convention. The convention was adopted and opened for signature by the United Nations General Assembly on 21 December 1965, and entered into force on 4 January 1969. As of April 2013, it has 87 signatories and 177 parties. Ratified on January 3, 1979.

December 19, 1966: The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) is a multilateral treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966, and in force from 3 January 1976. It commits its parties to work toward the granting of economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCR) to the Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories and individuals, including labour rights and the right to health, the right to education, and the right to an adequate standard of living. As of 2014, the Covenant had 162 parties. A further seven countries, including the United States of America, had signed but not yet ratified the Covenant. Ratified on October 3, 1991.

December 19, 1966: The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is a multilateral treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 16 1966, and in force from March 23, 1976. It commits its parties to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, including the right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, electoral rights and rights to due process and a fair trial. As of April 2014, the Covenant has 74 signatories and 168 parties. Ratified on October 3, 1991.

July 17, 1980: The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly. Described as an international bill of rights for women, it came into force on September 3, 1981 and has been ratified by 188 states. Ratified October 3, 1981.

July 21, 1980: The Protection of Diplomats Convention (formally, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents) is a United Nations anti-terrorism treaty that codifies some of the traditional principles on the necessity of protecting diplomats.

November 19, 1980: The Hostages Convention (formally the International Convention against the Taking of Hostages) is a United Nations treaty by which states agree to prohibit and punish hostage taking. The treaty includes definitions of “hostage” and “hostage taking” and sets out the principle of aut dedere aut judicare—that a party to the treaty must prosecute a hostage taker if no other state requests his or her extradition for prosecution of the same crime.

October 22, 1986: The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (United Nations Convention against Torture) is an international human rights instrument, under the review of the United Nations, that aims to prevent torture and cruel, inhuman degrading treatment or punishment around the world. The Convention requires states to take effective measures to prevent torture within their borders, and forbids states to transport people to any country where there is reason to believe they will be tortured. Ratified on October 3, 1991.

July 30, 1990: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (commonly abbreviated as the CRC, CROC, or UNCRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. The Convention defines a child as any human being under the age of eighteen, unless the age of majority is attained earlier under a state’s own domestic legislation. Ratified on October 3, 1991.

January 22, 1999: The Terrorist Bombings Convention (formally the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings) is a 1997 United Nations treaty designed to criminalise terrorist bombings. The convention describes terrorist bombings as the unlawful and intentional use of explosives in public places with intention to kill, to injure, or to cause extensive destruction to compel a government or an international organisation to do or to abstain from doing some act. Ratified in February 10, 2003.

July 11, 2000: The Terrorist Financing Convention (formally, the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism) is a 1999 United Nations treaty designed to criminalise acts of financing terrorist activities. The convention also seeks to promote police and judicial co-operation to prevent, investigate and punish the financing of such acts. As of August 2013, the treaty has been ratified by 186 states; in terms of universality, it is therefore one of the most successful anti-terrorism treaties in history. Ratified in February 10, 2003.

November 14, 2001: The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict is an international treaty whereby states agree to (1) prohibit the conscription into the military of children under the age of 18 and (2) ensure that military volunteers under the age of 18 are exempted from taking a direct part in hostilities. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the treaty as a supplementary protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child by resolution 54/263 on 25 May 2000. The protocol came into force on 12 February 2002. The protocol requires that ratifying governments ensure that while their armed forces can accept volunteers below the age of 18, they cannot be conscripted and “States Parties shall take all feasible measures to ensure that members of their armed forces who have not attained the age of 18 years do not take a direct part in hostilities”. Non-state actors and guerrilla forces are forbidden from recruiting anyone under the age of 18 for any purpose. As of May 2014, 156 states are party to the protocol and another 17 states have signed but not ratified it.

Ratified: Convention against Discrimination in Education is a multilateral treaty adopted by UNESCO in 14 December 1960 in Paris aiming to combat segregation in the field of education. The Convention also ensures the right to use or teach their own languages for national minorities. and prohibits any reservation. It has entered into force in 1962. There is an additional Protocol Instituting a Conciliation and Good offices Commission, adopted in 1962 and entering force in 1968.

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The Key


temple map1

The two monoliths gate posts inside the present Golden Gate belong to the earliest gate built here during the First Temple period. These still existing gate posts were part of the rebuilt gate of the Second Temple period, namely the Shushan Gate. This means that the entrance level of the Shushan Gate was the same as at the First Temple period. The arch found by James Fleming in a tomb in front of the Golden Gate belonged, in my opinion, to a Herodian stairway leading up from the street level to this gate.

The Golden Gate (Sha’ar Harachamim, Gate of Mercy) of Jerusalem’s Old City wall has special significance on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. If the gate were opened, it would lead directly onto the Temple Plaza. The outside of the gate would open to the Kidron Valley and the Mount of Olives beyond. In Talmudic literature the gate was also known as the Shushan Gate because of its eastern direction (toward the Persian city of Shushan) and perhaps because of the role played by the Persian leader Cyrus in the Jews’ return to Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile.

Unlike most of Jerusalem’s other gates, the Golden Gate was originally built at least a millennium before Suleiman the Magnificent rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in 1540. Indeed, some archeologists believe that the original gate, dating back to Herod’s construction or even Nehemiah’s period (440 BCE), still exists beneath the current gate. Perhaps because of the great religious significance of the gate to Jews and Christians as the Messiah’s route into Jerusalem, it is believed Suleiman sealed the gate and permitted the construction of a Muslim cemetery in front of the gate.

The Quest, p. 109: “Inside the gateway, two large monolithic gateposts have survived. The northern one is 15 feet (4.5 m) high while the height of the southern one is 12 feet (3.5 m). The top of the southernmost post is level with the top of an ancient stone course that can still be seen in the Eastern Wall to the immediate south of the Golden Gate.

The second post is one stone course higher. This indicates that the gateposts and stone courses were built as part of the same construction. We shall see later that this masonry dates from the First Temple period (see pp.174-6). The distance between the two surviving gateposts is approximately 29 feet (8.5 m). This is too wide for a single opening and therefore a central post would have had to be inserted in the middle of the gate. As Herod left the original East Wall untouched, this gate would have remained in its original form.”
pp.177-8: “The top of these monoliths does not line up with the stone courses of the gate; thus we must conclude that these gateposts are older than the gate itself. The eastern faces of the monoliths appear to be set in the same line as the ancient stone courses on either side of the Golden Gate.

We have also pointed out that the level of the top of the southern monolith coincides with that of the ancient masonry on the south side of the Golden Gate, while the top of the northern monolith is one stone course higher than the stones to the north of the gate (see illustration, p. 109). These monolithic gateposts are therefore part of the earliest wall section of the Temple Mount walls. As no remains of any other pre-Herodian eastern gateway are known, it follows that the site of the Golden Gate is the only possible location for the earlier Shushan Gate.”


line of sight

The level of the top of the Mount of Olives (810 m. above sea level) is 75 m. (246 feet) higher than the Temple platform (735 m.). The sill of the Golden Gate is located some 21 m. (70 feet) lower than the Temple platform. There is a direct line of vision from the top of the Mount of Olives to the entrance to the Temple through the Nicanor Gate, while the walls of the Court of the Women were kept low (see illustration below).

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RURIK – The True House of Rurik is the House of O’Rourke

Prince Rurik of the Rus: the Rurik dynasty or Rurikids was a dynasty founded by the Varangian prince Rurik, who established himself in Novgorod around the year 862 AD. The Rurikids were the ruling dynasty of Kievan Rus’ (after 862), the successor principalities of Galicia-Volhynia (after 1199), Chernigov, Vladimir-Suzdal, and the Grand Duchy of Moscow, and the founders of the Tsardom of Russia. They are one of Europe’s oldest royal houses, with numerous existing cadet branches.

Rurik was the legendary founder of the Russian State, as a son of King Helgi Halfdan of Denmark who was a son of Machir Theodoric of Narbonne’s son Harald Hildetonn (Menachem/ Hernaut de Gironde). Thus Rurik should belong to R1b-L21 y-dna. However many descendants of the House of Rurik in Russia descend from N1cl (N-M178) y-dna or R1a.  However historians are not clear that the later Russian Princes of the House of Rurik are actually descended from Rurik on the male line. Rurik was a grandson of Halfdan whose son was Helgi Halfdan (also called Hemming).

The chronicles of the Khazars help us in solving this mystery as they refer to a Prince called Helgu who is identified with Oleg; which is synonymous with the name of Olaf or Aluf. Rurik’s father was also called Helgi Halfdan (Aluf Dan).  According to the Primary Chronicle, Oleg died in 912 and his successor, Igor of Kiev, ruled from then until his assassination in 945. The Schechter Letter, a document written by a Jewish Khazar, a contemporary of Romanus I Lecapenus, describes the activities of a Rus’ warlord named HLGW (Hebrew: הלגו), usually transcribed as “Helgu”. For years many scholars disregarded or discounted the Schechter Letter account, which referred to Helgu (often interpreted as Oleg) as late as the 940s.

Scholars such as David Christian and Constantine Zuckerman have suggested that the Schechter Letter’s account is corroborated by various other Russian chronicles, and suggests a struggle within the early Rus’ polity between factions loyal to Oleg and to the Rurikid Igor, a struggle that Oleg ultimately lost. Zuckerman posited that the early chronology of the Rus’ had to be re-determined in light of these sources. Among Zuckerman’s beliefs and those of others who have analyzed these sources are that the Khazars did not lose Kiev until the early 10th century (rather than 882, the traditional date), that Igor was not Rurik’s son but rather a more distant descendant, and that Oleg did not immediately follow Rurik, but rather that there is a lost generation between the legendary Varangian lord and his documented successors.

Of particular interest is the fact that the Schechter Letter account of Oleg’s death (namely, that he fled to and raided FRS, tentatively identified with Persia, and was slain there) bears remarkable parallels to the account of Arab historians such as Ibn Miskawayh, who described a similar Rus’ attack on the Muslim state of Arran in the year 944/5.

 Thus we see that the early accounts do not clearly know who the later Rurikvichi descend from on the male line. The problem is due to confusing Igor who is a son of Oleg (Helgu) with Ingwar who is the son of Rurik. Oleg (Helgu) is a son of Rurik’s daughter Arika who married his father Izborsk (who was of N1cl y-dna). The Little Lord Ingwar the son of Rurik married a daughter of the Irish King of Brefni where he was known as Tighearnan (the Little Lord). His son was the second Rurik (also Ruarc) who became a Ruling Prince of Brefni in Ireland and was the founder of the O’Rourke family (R1b-L21 y-dna) who ruled the Kingdom of Brefni (in modern day Cavan). 

The O’Hart pedigrees give the name of Tighearnan’s father as Aodh (Adon) but other sources call him Seallachan. Aodh alludes to Aude or Alda and it is probable that Tighearnan Ingwar married Adona (Lady) who was the daughter of Seallachan an Irish Prince descended from Brionn a brother of King Niall of the Nine Hostages.

It would seem that Oleg (Helgu of the Khazar accounts) a maternal grandson of Rurik of Novgorod and  Prince Ingwar the Little Lord the youngest son of Rurik  had a falling out and Ingwar and his supporters retreated to Ireland where they became established in Brefni (Cavan). Rurik and Ruarc can mean red haired warrior (rua arg).

While accepting Christian and Zuckerman’s identification of Helgu as Oleg, their confusion of Ingwar with Igor brings them to the wrong conclusion. It is Oleg who is victorious and the the true male line Rurik dynasty that is defeated and exiled. Oleg achieves great things as does his son Igor and his descendant St Vladimir of Kiev. They are descendants of Rurik as well but only on a maternal line. This has parallels with the Romanov Dynasty whose later descendants are only Romanov through a maternal lineage but belong to the House of Oldenburg on the direct male line.  When the Romanov Czars of Russia acknowledged the O’Rourke family in exile in Russia as Earls and Counts little did they know that they were welcoming back to Russia the male line dynasty of Prince Rurik of the Rus. The Rus are the people of the Rosh Galuta (Gudrod-God’s ruler).

The Royal House of Rurik-O’Rourke of Breffn

Machir Todros (b.710-d.765) King of Septimania and Jews  (aka Rurik I or Ha Rurik the Red Ruler or Rosh Galuta)- Princess Aude (Alda) of Franks
Menachem (aka Harald Hidetonn / Hernaut de Gironde) King of Jutland
King Halfdan (Sigfried) (b.760 d.807) of Denmark
Helgi Halfdan (aka Hemming Halfdansson)(b.790 d.837)) King of Denmark (Rhodanites) and Jutland (Jews)
Rurik II (b.830 d.879)) the Ruling Prince of the Rus and Radbards (Red Jews)
Ingwar (Tighearnan/ Little Lord) (b.850 d.892) the Ruling Prince of the Rus and King of Breffni in Ireland
Rurik III (Ruarc) (b.875 d.910) King of Breffni
Prince Arthur of Breffni (b.900)
King Sean Fergal O’Rourke of Connaught and Breffni (b.925 d.967)
King Aedh (Hugh) O’Rourke of Breffni (b.955 d.1015)
King Arthur the Righteous of Connaught and Breffni (b.980 d.1046)
King Niall (b.1010 d.1047) of Breffni
King Ualgarg (b.1040 d.1085) of Breffni
Prince Tigernan (b.1065) of Breffni
King Domnall (b. 1080 d.1102) of Connaught and Breffni
King Fergal (b.1100 d.1157) of Breffni
King Domnall (b.1135 d.1207) of Breffni
King Arthur (b.1155 d.1210) of Breffni
King Amlaib (b. 1180 d.1258) of Breffni
King Domnall Carrach (b.1230 d.1311) of Breffni
King Ualgarg Mor (b.1270 d.1346) of Breffni
King Tigernan Mor (b.1330 d. 1418) of Breffni
King Tadgh (b.1370 d. 1435) of Breffni
King Tigernan Og (b.1430 d.1468) of Breffni
Prince Donogh (b. 1460) of Breffni
King Eoghan (Owen) (b.490 d. 1528) of Breffni
King Brian Ballach Mor O’Rourke (b.1520 d.1562) of Breffni
King Brian Murta O’Rourke (b.1550 d.1591) of Breffni
King Tadgh O’Rourke (b.1580 d.1605) of Breffni
Earl Brian O’Rourke (b.1600) titular King of Breffni
Earl Tadgh (Tigernan) O’Rourke (b.c.1620) tit. King of Breffni
Earl Owen O’Rourke (b.c.1640) tit. King of Breffni
Earl Owen O’Rourke (b.c.1660) tit.King of Breffni
Lady Bridget O’Rourke (bc. 1680) tit Queen of Breffni married Earl Brian O’Rourke a descendant of Lady Owna O’Rourke daughter of Earl Brian O’Rourke (b.1600) and wife of Lord Shane Oge O’Rourke
Earl Owen O’Rourke (b.c.1700) tit King of Breffni
Earl Cornelius Orurk of Russia titular King of Breffni
Earl George Orurk of Russia titular King of Breffni


Male descendants of David from the Middle East had come to Narbonne in southeast France and been given the Kingdom of Septimania. As well as being the temporaral rulers of this semi-autonomous region they were also the spiritual heirs of the Exilarchy. Like the Jewish Kingdom of Mahoza, the new Jewish Kingdom of Septimania in Southern France and Northern Spain did not last long. As a Kingdom or Principality Septimania was to last three generations or so but as the seat of the Western Exilarch it lasted for three centuries when the head of the male line transferred to Barcelona, Spain. The Jewish female line descendants continued in Narbonne until the expulsion in the 14th century. Ermengarde the Viscountess of Narbonne in the 12th century married into the Halevi family and from then on the Jewish leaders in Narbonne were only of the Davidic family on the female line. The male line of the Exilarchs continued in Barcelona and then Toledo and transferred to Portugal at the time of the expulsion in 1492. Joseph Nasi the Duke of Naxos was the last great Nasi Exilarch of the Royal House of David. Solomon Abenaes, Duke of Mytilene, succeeded him.

It was in the 11th century that the Catholic descendants of Machir and Gershom had conquered Palestine and established the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.


Descendants of Muirdeach Tireach


  1. Muirdeach Tireach (born Abt AD310)
  2. Eochu Mugmedon (D abt AD360)
  3. Brion (Ancestor of Ui Briuin of Connaught)
  4. Duach Galach
  5. Eoghan Sreibh
  6. Muiredeach Mal
  7. Fergus (May have been Muiredeach Mals brother)
  8. Fergna
  9. Aedh Find
  10. Scanlan
  11. Crimhthann
  12. Fedlim
  13. Blaithmac
  14. Baithin
  15. Donchadh
  16. Dub Dothra (D AD743)
  17. Cernach (Or Cearnachan)
  18. Sellachan
  19. Tighernain Mac Seallachan Ua Ruarc (King of Breffni 888, B abt 830)
  20. Ruarc Mac Tighernain Ui Briun Breffni Ua Ruarc (King of Breffni 893)
  21. Art Mac Ruarc Ui Briun Breifne(B875)
  22. Sean Fearghaill Ua Ruairc(1st Ruairc king of Connacht)
  23. Aedh Mac Sean Fearghaill O’Ruairc(King of Breifne 1015)
  24. Art Uallach(oirdnide) O’Ruairc(2nd king of Connacht B965)
  25. Niall Mac Airt O’Ruairc(King of Breifne 1047)
  26. Ualgharg Mac Niall O’Ruairc (B1010)
  27. Tighernain Mac Ualgairg O’Ruairc(B1035)
  28. Domnall Mac Tighernain O’Ruairc(4th King of Connacht)
  29. Fergal Mac Tighernain(5th King of Connacht 1157)
  30. Domhnaill Mac Ferhaile(Lord 1207)
  31. Art Mac Domhnaill(King of Breifne 1209-1210)
  32. Amlaib Mac Airl (King of Breifne 1257-1258)
  33. Domhnaill Charrach Mac Amlaib (King Of Breifne 1307-1311)
  34. Ualgharg Mac Domhnaill Charraig (King of Breifne 1316-1346)
  35. Tighernain Mor Mac Ualgharg (King of Breifne 1376-1418)
  36. Tadhg Mac Tighernain Mhorn (king of breifne 1419-1435)
  37. Tighernain Og Mac Mhoirn (King of Breifne 1449-1468)
  38. Eoghan Mac Tighernain (B1468, D1528. King of Breifne 1500-1528)
  39. Brian Ballach Mor (D1562, King of Breifne 1528-1562)
  40. Tigheaman Ban (D abt 1629)
  41. Eoghan Mor (D abt 1661)
  42. Eoghan Og (Chief in 1662)
  43. Donnchadh
  44. Sean
  45. Rev Thaddeus O’Rorke (D1799)
  46. Rev John O’Rorke (1776-1849, Married three times and had many children)
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A Bridge for the World – Peace Plan to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (rev.6)

A Bridge for the World

Path of Peace

The Kingdom of Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, and the Third Temple

Jerusalem can or will be the fully recognized capital of three nations:
Israel, Palestine and the Kingdom of Jerusalem

A Bridge for the World – Peace Plan to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
May 19, 2009
February 23, 2013
September 1, 2014 (rev. 6)

Michael Ruark

More than a Millennium of Rule in this Land

63 BC-313: Roman Empire; 6–135: Judaea/Iudaea (Roman); 70: Romans destroy Second Temple; 135-390: Syria Palæstina (Roman); 260-273: Palmyrene Empire; 313-636: Byzantine Empire; 390-636: Palæstina Prima, Palæstina Secunda, Palaestina III Salutaris; 614-619: Jewish Sassanid; 632-661: Rashidun Caliphate; 636-1037: Perisan Empire (Jund Filastin); 661-750: Umayyad Caliphate; 691: Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque built; 750-1517: Abbasid Caliphate; 878-968: Egyptian; 909-1171: Fatimid Caliphate; 969-1072: Fatimids; 1037-1194: Seljuq Empire; 1098: Fatimids; 1099-1187: Crusader (Christian); 1187-1193: Saladin (Muslim); 1193-1291: Crusader (Christian); 1291-1516: Mamluk (Egypt); 1512–1520: Ottoman Syria; 1520–1566: The Eyalet of Damascus (Sanjaks of Damascus, Safad, Nablus, Jerusalem, Lajjun, Gaza); 1579-1832: The Eyalet of Damascus (Sanjaks of Damascus, Acre, Safad, Nablus, Jerusalem, Gaza); 1833-1841: Egypt; 1841-1865: Syria (Ottoman); 1841: Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem separated from the Eyalet of Damascus; 1865-1918: Vilayet of Syria (Ottoman); 1872-1917: Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem (the Kazas of Jerusalem, Gaza, Jaffa, Hebron, Beersheba); 1872: Jerusalem became an independent province, with a special administrative status; 1906: the Kaza of Nazareth was added to the Jerusalem Mutasarrifate: 1918-1948: British rule; 1948-present: State of Israel

Peace be unto you,

My purpose of drafting this letter and submitting this Peace Proposal is to present an accommodating solution to the continuing conflict in the Middle East; as I see it, there will be no true peace in the world until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved. This is one of the most important issues of our time and the first step to a world that can accept lasting peace. I am not a scholar or a philosopher, I do not belong to a particular religious faith, nor do I represent a particular political party in my beliefs; what I am is just one human being that respects the rights of all human beings to live in peace and to prosper.   I have no enemies and I court no friends. There is not an agenda to my Proposal, merely a suggestion for a path to peace. Something must be done, or we, as the human race, will face further wars and conflict as it pertains to these issues. Surely intelligent beings have the capacity not to destroy one another.

Beginning with the issue of Jerusalem; archaeology indicates that this ancient city was first inhabited during the 4th millennium BC, near the only perennial stream there, the Gihon Spring. The first evidence of an urban settlement, in the shape of fortification walls, dates from the 18th century BC, corresponding to the Middle Bronze Age; also at this time, Jerusalem is mentioned in the Egyptian “execration” texts when the Egyptians ruled Canaan. During its vast history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. Jerusalem is a holy city to the three Abrahamic religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Despite having an area of only .35 square miles (0.9 km2), the city is home to many sites of religious importance, including the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Based on these facts, no single faith or people can claim the right to total control of the city; and as we know, up to this point in history, it has been imperative that the city of Jerusalem be the capital to both, Israel and Palestine.

So, I purpose the creation of a new country called the Kingdom of Jerusalem. This is also in agreement with the recommendations of the UN General Assembly, as it pertains to the city of Jerusalem, in which Jerusalem would be placed under a special international regime, a corpus separatum; further, this recommendation is in accordance with United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194, published on December 11, 1948. The Kingdom of Jerusalem will consist of the territory known as the West Bank, including all of East Jerusalem. The Kingdom of Jerusalem agrees to accept all religions, equally, including, but not limited to, Christianity, Islam and Judaism; and does not have any ties to the former latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, which lasted nearly two hundred years, from 1099 to 1291. By beginning a new country, in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, there is a real possibility for peace in this holy city. Peace must begin first in the city of Jerusalem; a city and land for all the world, not for just one people or religion.

In this document, I also purpose the creation of a new Palestinian state, an independent country that reserves all rights afforded other free countries. Palestine will consist of the Gaza Strip and land in the Sinai; and if Jerusalem is chosen as the capital of Palestine, an open thorough way (i.e., tunnel) from the Gaza Strip to East Jerusalem. The Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip can trace their ancestry back to the Philistines, which derives from the attested Illyrian locality Palaeste, whose inhabitants were called Palaestīnī; the Palestinian people first appeared in the southern coastal area of Canaan (Gaza) at the beginning of the Iron Age (1175 BC). The territory of the Gaza, has always been Palestinian land, never been conquered, and should be under the complete authority of the Palestinians.

I also propose the building of the Third Temple on the Temple Mount. First and foremost, it is explicitly agreed by all parties, that no harm will be done to the Dome of the Rock, the Dome of Ascension, the Dome of the Chain, or the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Kingdom of Jerusalem, Israel and Palestine will agree to this building, as architecturally described in the Book of Ezekiel. The Dome of the Tablets / Dome of the Spirits stands directly over the original site of the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s temple; this location is well over 100 yards north of the Dome of the Rock. The Third Temple will stand facing east, built in a straight line towards the now sealed Eastern Gate (Golden Gate); when completed an easement of 150 feet will exist between the buildings; no sound will be heard between buildings.

Lastly, in my proposal, I objectively try to resolve some of the ongoing issues that have continued to derive major conflicts; such as, the Golan Heights, the Blue Line, Shebaa Farms, the Strait of Tiran, and the water rights. Also, wherever possible, I have tried to be fair and use natural boundaries, such as rivers, to demarcate borders. To come to peace, it is evident that all parties must compromise to some extent, but all parties should also benefit. Compromise has always been at the heart of true peace and I hope by presenting these ideas, there will be a new transformation and countries will elevate their views in this matter. Surely, we all can live on this planet peacefully. Thank you for your time and consideration. May God bless all the people of the Middle East. Peace is on the way.

Michael Ruark


Kingdom of Jerusalem

  • create the 173rd largest country in the world
  • 2,262 square miles (5,858 km²) in the West Bank
  • 27 square miles (70 km²) in East Jerusalem
  • 84 square miles (217 km²) on the Dead Sea


  • create the 145th largest country in the world
  • total land area of 10,970 square miles (28,412 km²)
  • 139 square miles (360 km²) in the Gaza Strip
    and 10,831 square miles (28,052 km²) in the Sinai
  • 194 miles (328 km) of total coastline
  • 124 miles (200 km) on the Mediterranean Sea and 70 miles (112 km) on the Gulf of Suez


  • land area will increase by 133%
  • land area from 8020 square miles (20,772 km²) to 18,718 square miles (48,479 km²)
  • moves from the 153rd largest country in the world, to the 132nd
  • total land area larger than at any time in ancient history
  • contiguous land area will increase by 50%
  • contiguous land from 263 miles (423 km) to 396 miles (637 km)
  • coastline will increase by 200%
  • coastline from 117 miles (188 km) to 351 miles (564 km)
  • gain 109 miles (175 km) on the Gulf of Aqaba, 20 miles (32 km) on the Red Sea, 105 miles (168 km) on the Gulf of Suez
  • gain 10,712 square miles (27,743 km²) in the Sinai
  • gain 30 square miles (80 km²) in Tiran Island
  • retain all 64 square miles (166 km²) of the Sea of Galilee
  • lose 2,908 square miles (7,531 km²) of internationally recognized occupied territory
  • lose 30 square miles (77 km²) east of the Hasbani River and the Jordan River, to the Sea of Galilee
  • lose 1 mile (2 km²) of coast and 14 square miles (36 km²) east of the Jordan River, south of the Sea of Galilee


  • gain 7,155 square miles (18,531 km²) in the Hala’ib Triangle
  • lose 21,385 square miles (55,387 km²) in the Sinai
  • total area from 387,048 square miles (1,002,450 km²) to 372,818 square miles (963,476 km²)
  • remains the 30th largest country, with a 4% decrease in total area


  • gain 14 square miles (36 km²) along the southern Sea of Galilee
  • gain 1 mile (2 km²) of coastline on the Sea of Galilee
  • gain 20 square miles (33 km²) in Sanafir Island


  • gain 15 square miles (25 km²) in the Shebaa Farms

Saudi Arabia

  • gain 10 miles (16 km) on the Persian Gulf
  • lose 30 square miles (80 km²) in Tiran Island
  • lose 12 square miles (31 km²) in Sanafir Island


  • gain 795 square miles (2,060 km²) in the Bi’r Tawīl
  • lose 7,155 square miles (18,531 km²) in the Hala’ib Triangle


  • gain 500 square miles (1,200 km²) in the Golan Heights
  • gain 30 square miles (77 km²) east of the Hasbani River and the Jordan River, to the Sea of Galilee


  • gain 26 square miles (3 km²) in Greater Tunb
  • gain 5 square miles (2 km²) in Lesser Tunb
  • lose 5 square miles (12 km²) in Abu Musa


  • gain 5 square miles (12 km²) in Abu Musa
  • lose 26 square miles (10 km²) in Greater Tunb
  • lose 5 square miles (2 km²) in Lesser Tunb
  • lose 10 miles (16 km) on the Persian Gulf

Primary Accomplishments

Kingdom of Jerusalem

In 1872, Jerusalem became an independent province, with a special administrative status. “Jerusalem Eyalet” referred to by the British consul as creation of “Palestine into a separate eyalet”; an eyalet is translated as a province or governorate.  Jerusalem is situated at a strategic location between Egypt, Syria and Arabia, and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, this region has a long and tumultuous history as a crossroads for religion, culture, commerce, and politics. Consequently, the West Bank will become the sovereign Kingdom of Jerusalem. The Kingdom of Jerusalem will be established with borders identified by the Green Line; the Green Line refers to the 1949 Armistice Agreements and in agreement with United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 (S/RES/242), adopted on November 22, 1967, in Chapter VI of the UN Charter. In agreement with the recommendations of the UN General Assembly, as it pertains to the city of Jerusalem, and in order to preserve the peace, given the unique spiritual and religious interests in the city (and territory) among the world’s three great monotheistic religions; “in view of its association with three world religions”, and to be “accorded special and separate treatment”. United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194, published December 11, 1948, established a United Nations Conciliation Commission and reaffirmed these statements. United Nations General Assembly Resolution 303 confirmed the decision to place Jerusalem under a permanent international regime according to the direct provisions of General Assembly Resolution 181(II). Peace must begin in the city of Jerusalem.

Sinai Peninsula

The Sinai Peninsula is the least densely populated area in the entire Middle East; the Shamal Sina (North Sinai) and Ganub Sina (South Sinai) consist of 21,000 square miles; approximately 100,000 people live in South Sinai and 400,000 live in North Sinai; with a population density of a little over 20 people per square mile. Being on the frontier between Africa and the Middle East makes the Sinai an ideal location for militant factions; this desert peninsula has been plagued with lawlessness. I propose that the lawlessness is due to the population density; lack of people in the Sinai is having a detrimental effect on the area.  Given this fact, among others, I propose establishing the country of Palestine in the northern Sinai. Sinai is the only territory that could be easily opened to the Gaza Strip. It should be understood, that unless the Palestinians and the Israelis have more land, there will always be conflict; so I believe that these continued conflicts can be resolved by utilizing the vast area of the Sinai; and the Kingdom of Jerusalem is only possible, if both Palestine and Israel acquire more land. So, the Sinai will be split between Palestine and Israel, with the northern-most section being Palestine and the southern-most section being Israel. It is also imperative that Egypt be given the best chance for the survival of a democracy; the Sinai can be very instrumental in accomplishing the most immediate economic growth, in the form of increased levels of aid from the US and increased commerce interests with Israel, Palestine and the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Also, Israel and Palestine will agree that Egypt will retain all mineral rights in the Sinai; and Egypt will still retain the Suez, Ismailia and Port Said Governorates; a buffer zone for uninterrupted passage through the Suez Canal.


The first clear use of the term Palestine to refer to the entire area between Phoenicia and Egypt was in 5th century BC Ancient Greece; also by the Roman province Syria Palaestina, the Byzantine Palaestina Prima and the Umayyad and Abbasid province of Jund Filastin. Boundaries of the region have changed throughout history, and were last defined in modern times by the Franco-British boundary agreement (1920) and the Transjordan memorandum of September 16, 1922. I propose the creation of Palestine. Palestine will include the Gaza Strip, along the 1949 Armistice Agreement Line; and proceed south from Rafah, following the former North Sinai Governorate border, to Nitzana, near the Path of Peace; proceeding in a straight line to Nekhel; then a straight line on to Abu Rudeis; going north from Abu Rudeis along the Gulf of Suez; following the eastern borders of the Suez, Ismailia and Port Said Governorates. Palestine can establish their capital in the former North Sinai Governorate, such as Al Arish, or they can choose Jerusalem as their capital. If Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine, an open Palestinian thorough way (i.e., tunnel) will be built from the Gaza Strip to Jerusalem. Portions of the study, The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State, as submitted by the RAND Corporation in 2005, will be completed. The Arc would link the Gaza Strip, including Gaza City and the Gaza Airport, to the Kingdom of Jerusalem; from the Gaza airport to Jerusalem will take an hour, from Gaza to Jenin, in 90 minutes.

Temple Mount

The Kingdom of Jerusalem, Israel and Palestine will agree to the building of the Third Temple. The Third Temple, or Ezekiel’s Temple, as architecturally described in the Book of Ezekiel, will be built next to the Dome of the Rock – as it stands currently on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (Figure 1). This agreement is with the explicit understanding, by all nations, that no harm or destruction will ever come to the Dome of the Rock, the Dome of Ascension, the Dome of the Chain, or to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Third Temple will be built 100 yards (322 feet) north of the Dome of the Rock and straight opposite the Eastern Gate (Golden Gate); facing eastward toward the Mount of Olives. There is exactly enough room for the temple to be built, with the Holy of Holies directly over the Dome of the Tablets / Dome of the Spirits. An acceptable easement, with a clearance of at least 150 feet, will exist between the Dome of the Rock and the Third Temple. All modern sound blocking technology will be used to establish a complete sound barrier between the Dome of the Rock and the Third Temple; an invisibility barrier will completely block viewing into the other worship compound. Two private transit systems (i.e., tunnels) will be created to move worshipers from Western Jerusalem to the Jewish Quarter and to the Third Temple, and to move worshipers from the Muslim Quarter to the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque; with this system, no contact will be required between worshipers of each faith.

In Agreement,

  1. The Kingdom of Jerusalem will consist of all the territory, known, as the West Bank, along the 1949 Armistice Agreement Line; all individuals who choose to live in this area must become citizens of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. The Kingdom of Jerusalem does agree to accept all religions equally, including, but not limited to, Christianity, Islam and Judaism; and to grant full access to all religious sites. The elected government will include a full representation of The State of Palestine; elections to be expedited, to support a democracy.
  2. East Jerusalem, along the 1949 Armistice Agreement Line, will be the capital of the Kingdom of Jerusalem; West Jerusalem will be the internationally recognized capital of Israel. The capital of Palestine will be in the former North Sinai Governorate, or in East Jerusalem.
  3. US and Israel will agree to build a wide and unhindered thorough way (i.e., tunnel) between the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem; this project will fall under the direct supervision of Palestine and the Kingdom of Jerusalem. This transit passage (i.e., tunnel) will begin at Rafah, passing through Israel (unchecked), entering the Kingdom of Jerusalem at Meitar; from Rafah to Meitar, the passage will be part of Palestine; Meitar to Jerusalem, the passage will be part of Palestine and the Kingdom of Jerusalem (i.e., The Arc – Rand Corp 2005).
  4. US will agree to aid the Kingdom of Jerusalem in an amount equal to or greater than 10% of the aid it provides to Israel; the Kingdom of Jerusalem will be seen as a newly developing country, a country of strategic importance to the US, and a country recovering from war.
  5. US will agree to aid Palestine in an amount equal to or greater than 10% of the aid it provides to Israel, most of the initial major contributions are to be fully utilized in the repartition efforts of the Palestinian people, to either, Palestine or the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  6. Israel will agree to aid in the economic development of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and Palestine and their duly elected governments.
  7. Egypt will agree to release all territorial claim to the North and South Sinai Governorates; with a total loss in land area of about 4%.
  8. US, UK and Saudi Arabia will agree to pay Egypt a total amount of $2.1 billion for the Sinai, equating to $100,000.00 per square mile.
  9. Israel and Palestine will agree that all oil, natural gas and any natural reserves in the Sinai Peninsula will remain the property of Egypt.
  10. US will agree to continue the existing annual levels of Foreign Military Financing to Egypt; and to honor the commitment of economic aid of $1 billion in support of a democracy; agreeing to resume annual economic aid to levels of 1998, if not to be increased.
  11. Israel and Palestine will agree to buy equal amounts of oil and natural gas produced in the Sinai. Agreeing to purchase these resources at 5% above the market rate; and will commit to the immediate economic development of Egypt (i.e., trade, food resources).
  12. Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria agree to compensate Palestinian refugees that repatriate, for existing assets and all property.
  13. The Kingdom of Jerusalem will agree to full citizenship for Palestinians that can show former family residence inside the West Bank.
  14. The northern portion of the Sinai Peninsula will be part of Palestine; Palestine borders will include the Gaza Strip, along the 1949 Armistice Agreement Line; proceed south from Rafah (along the former North Sinai Governorate border) to Nitzana, near the Path of Peace; proceeding in a straight line to Nekhel; then along a straight line to Abu Rudeis; proceeding north from Abu Rudeis along the Gulf of Suez; then following the borders of the Suez, Ismailia and Port Said Governorates, providing a buffer zone for the Suez Canal.
  15. Palestine will be divided proportionately to all the Palestinian people which choose to live in Palestine; including any and all refugees, the existing Bedouin population of the Sinai, and any other people that chose to remain living in Palestine (i.e., Egyptians, etc.).
  16. Palestine will be governed by an elected government of Gazans, Sinai Bedouin. Hamas and Israel will agree to peaceful co-existence.
  17. Palestine will agree to release claim to the West Bank, allotted in the 1948 UN Partition Plan; to become the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  18. US will agree to assist Palestine in the immediate establishment of the most effective economic and efficient agricultural growth. Palestine will be seen as a developing country, a country of strategic importance to the US, and a country recovering from continued war.
  19. The southern portion of the Sinai Peninsula will be part of Israel. The border with Palestine will include the Gaza Strip, along the 1949 Armistice Agreement Line; proceeding south from Rafah (following the former North Sinai Governorate border) to Nitzana, near the Path of Peace; proceeding in a straight line to Nekhel; then a straight line on to Abu Rudeis. At Abu Rudeis, their border will turn south and proceed along the Gulf of Suez, the Red Sea, then turn north along the Gulf of Aqaba, and to the existing border with Jordan.
  20. The Kingdom of Jerusalem, Israel and Palestine will agree to the building of the Third Temple, as architecturally described in the Book of Ezekiel. The Third Temple will be built 100 meters (322 feet) north of the Dome of the Rock; with explicit understanding, from all nations, that no harm will come to the Dome of the Rock, the Dome of Ascension, the Dome of the Chain and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
  21. An invisible sound and sight barrier will be created between the Dome of the Rock and the Third Temple; no sound or sight will be between the buildings; worshipers will not be required to have any contact with those of another faith; transit passages (i.e., tunnels) will be built from the Jewish Quarter to the Third Temple, and from the Muslim Quarter to the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
  22. The Kingdom of Jerusalem will agree to the building of a wide and unhindered thorough way (i.e., tunnel) between West Jerusalem and the Jewish Quarter; this passage will be part of Israel; the construction will be supervised by Israel and the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  23. Israel and Lebanon will agree to a border of the Blue Line, published by the UN on June 7, 2000; Shebaa Farms will be in Lebanon; both will agree to the abide by the Cyprus-Lebanon maritime boundary of 2007. Hezbollah and Israel will agree to peaceful co-existence.
  24. Israel and Syria will agree that their border will be the Hasbani River, to the Jordan River tributary, through the Nahal Qallil to the Jordan River, to the mouth of the Jordan River into the Sea of Galilee, and along the eastern-most coast of the Sea of Galilee to Ma’agen.
  25. Israel and Jordan will agree to a change in border, which will now start at the Jordan River flowing out of the south Sea of Galilee.
  26. Jordan and Syria will agree to a change in border; from the Yarmuk River, along the 1949 Israeli-Syrian Armistice Line, to Ma’agen.
  27. Israel, Kingdom of Jerusalem, Lebanon and Palestine will agree to ratify The Convention on the Law of Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (adopted by the UN on May 21, 1997); Israel agrees to share their desalination technology with these nations.
  28. Egypt and Sudan will agree their border will be the 22-degree line; Hala’ib Triangle will be in Egypt and Bi’r Tawīl will be in Sudan.
  29. Jordan and Saudi Arabia will agree to divide the water of the al-Disi Aquifer, evenly; and commit to joint water exploration efforts.
  30. Israel, Jordan and the Kingdom of Jerusalem will agree to build the Red Sea–Dead Sea Conduit; as in the Valley of Peace initiative.
  31. Saudi Arabia and Egypt will release rights to Tiran Island, this will be part of Israel; the Strait of Tiran will be the territory of Israel.
  32. Saudi Arabia will release rights to Sanafir Island, this will be part of Jordan; the maritime passage northeast of Sanafir Island and northeast of Tiran Island will be Jordanian and Saudi Arabian territorial waters; both will agree to open passage into the Gulf of Aqaba.
  33. UAE will agree to ratify the 1974 Treaty of Jeddah, as Saudi Arabia has done; Qatar will be an observer, co-signer of this agreement.
  34. UAE and Iran will agree on these islands, Abu Musa will be part of the UAE, and Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb will be part of Iran.
  35. US will agree to raise economic aid to Jordon, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria; an overall 10% increase in monetary contributions.
  36. Egypt, the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria will agree to a peaceful co-existence under these terms; and establish diplomatic relations; given full support of the US and sponsored by any nation or other elected body or party.


A previous (failed) proposal mentioning a new state (separate area)

The Elon Peace Plan (now “The Israeli Initiative”, formerly “The Right Road to Peace”) is a plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict originally proposed in 2002 by Rabbi Binyamin Elon, who was the Israeli tourism minister at the time he put forward the proposal. The plan advocates the formal annexation of West Bank and Gaza by Israel, and, originally, the Palestinians becoming citizens of a new Palestinian state in Jordan. Elon and Moledet (Elon’s party and the chief supporter of this plan) proposed that “Israel, the United States and the international community will allocate resources for the completion of the exchange of populations that began in 1948 and the full rehabilitation of the refugees and their absorption and naturalization in various countries”.

Seeing as it concerned the transfer of Palestinians to this hypothetical designated state without their consent, and that Jordan was far from enthusiastic to allocate its own territory for the sake of a Palestinian state. Also, in 1988, Jordan gave up all claim to the West Bank and had took away citizenship of the Palestinians living there, this idea came to be seen as irrelevant by the majority of Israelis and Palestinians. Elon continued to advance his plan, including a 2004 visit to Jordan for this purpose, but did not manage to win substantial support for it.

General public support for Elon and his plan has been ambiguous. The National Union received 5.5% support on the Israeli legislative election of 2003 (which went up to 7.14% in the 2006 election after the party’s merger with the National Religious Party); a survey conducted by Mutagim in January 2005 showed that public support for the relocation of Palestinians outside of Israel, a tenet of Elon’s original proposal, was about equal to the support of Ariel Sharon’s then soon-to-be-executed unilateral disengagement plan.


Final Summation

Path of Peace

The Kingdom of Jerusalem will be the territory currently known as the West Bank.

Palestine will consist of the Gaza Strip, portions of the former North and South Sinai Governorates, and if they choose, a capital in Jerusalem, with a free Palestinian passage from Rafah to Jerusalem.

The Third Temple will be built next to the Dome of the Rock.

Additional Thoughts

The Sinai Peninsula had already been taken by Israel (1967).

The Temple Mount has always been exactly prepared for the two temples.

Semite: A member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Near East and northern Africa, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Ethiopians, Hebrews, and Phoenicians.

A Bridge for the World

The Sinai Peninsula has been and will continue to be the land bridge for all peoples of Africa and Asia.

new sinai 

Figure 1:




Prior Correspondence:

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 emailed file: A Bridge for the World – Peace Plan to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – the Whitehouse, US State Department and to the Vice President of the United States.

Friday, September 25, 2009 emailed file: A Bridge for the World – Peace Plan to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (rev.2) – whitehouse.gov; whitehouse.gov/administration/vice_president_biden; u.s.state.gov@usa.com; clintonglobalinitiative.org; jimmycarterlibrary.gov

Friday, December 11, 2009 emailed file: A Bridge for the World – Peace Plan to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (rev.3) – inquiries@un.org; sar@mfa.gov.il;  JEmbassyDC@jordanembassyus.org; info@lebanonembassyus.org; pmc@palestine-pmc.com; bgude@cfr.org; info@sheikhsalemhouse.com

Sunday, December 13, 2009 emailed file: A Bridge for the World – Peace Plan to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (rev.3) – webmaster@ad.gov.eg; info@syrembassy.net; consular@syrianembassy.us; menawb@gov.ps; environment@gov.ps

Tuesday, February 01, 2011 emailed file: A Bridge for the World – Peace Plan to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (rev.4) – comments@whitehouse.gov; president@whitehouse.gov; u.s.state.gov@usa.com; vice.president@whitehouse.gov; info@clintonglobalinitiative.org; inquiries@un.org; sar@mfa.gov.il; KJEmbassyDC@jordanembassyus.org; info@lebanonembassyus.org; pmc@palestine-pmc.com; bgude@cfr.org; info@sheikhsalemhouse.com; webmaster@ad.gov.eg; info@syrembassy.net; consular@syrianembassy.us; menawb@gov.ps; environment@gov.ps

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 emailed file: A Bridge for the World – Peace Plan to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (rev.5) – president@whitehouse.gov: vice.president@whitehouse.gov; publicaffairs@panet.us.state.gov; contact@johnkerry.com; comments@whitehouse.gov; u.s.state.gov@usa.com; pmc@palestine-pmc.com; info@pgmc.ps; menawb@gov.ps; environment@gov.ps; ata@pecdar.pna.net; info@pecdar.pna.net; primemin@idsc.gov.eg; info@moinfo.gov.eg; mnafeh@idsc.net.eg; Contact.Us@mfa.gov.eg; president_office@presidency.gov.lb; open@presidency.gov.lb; ministry@foreign.gov.lb; info@lebanonembassyus.org; public@president.gov.il; feedback@mfa.gov.il; pniot@mni.gov.il; press@washington.mfa.gov.il; curtural@washington.mfa.gov.il; sar@mfa.gov.il; info@pm.gov.jo; KJEmbassyDC@jordanembassyus.org; info@syrembassy.net; consular@syrianembassy.us; info@saudiembassy.net; United ArabEmirates@Emirates.org; info@sheikhsalemhouse.com; bgude@cfr.org; inquiries@un.org; InfoDesk@ohchr.org; unsco@palnet.com; mail@icj-cij.org; hreteam@amnesty.org; mena@amnesty.org; aiunny@amnesty.org; uaigv@amnesty.org; hrwpress@hrw.org; apndc@peacenow.org; adalah@adalah.org; mail@btselem.org; ahmad@badil.org; najwa@badil.org; Mzeidan@arabhra.org; info@righttoenter.ps; info@jcser.org; pchr@pchrgaza.org; dover@rhr.israel.net; mati@rhr.israel.net; rchrs@rchrs.org; info@imeu.net; english@maannews.net; editor@palestinenote.com; advertising@aljazeera.net; FP@ForeignPolicy.com; letters@haaretz.co.il; editors@jpost.co.il; letters@jpost.co.il; phil@mondoweiss.net; adam@mondoweiss.net; newsdesk@forward.com; Alana@tikkun.org; RabbiLerner.tikkun@gmail.com; ombudsman@iba.org.il; dover@iba.org.il; info@clintonglobalinitiative.org; carterweb@emory.edu

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Path of Peace
Nitzanei Sinai
by Dany Karavan

Recent Timeline

June 14, 1841: Colonel Charles Henry Churchill, also known as ‘Churchill Bey’, (first cousin of John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough, the grandfather of Winston Churchill). He was a British officer and diplomat and a British consul in Ottoman Syria who created the first political plan for Zionism and the creation of the state of Israel in the region of Ottoman Palestine; the proposal correspondence with Sir Moses Montefiore, the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, proposed a strategy for the creating of a Jewish state, pre-dating formal Zionism by approximately half a century.

August 29-31, 1897: First Zionist Congress was the inaugural congress of the Zionist Organization (ZO) (to become the World Zionist Organization (WZO) in 1960) held in Basel (Basle), Switzerland; it was convened and chaired by Theodor Herzl; he is elected the President of the Zionist Organization; a Zionist flag is displayed with a gold lion inside a gold Magen David and seven golden stars; “Zionism aims at establishing for the Jewish people a publicly and legally assured home in Palestine”

October 24, 1915: McMahon-Hussein Agreement – Britain agrees to give the Arabs their independence if they fight against the Ottomans. McMahon stated that Palestine was to be included in the Arab state, although the borders of Palestine were disputed.

May 16, 1916: Sykes–Picot Agreement – Britain, France and Russia, signed this secret agreement to keep the Ottoman Empire land. The agreement effectively divided the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire outside the Arabian peninsula into areas of future British and French control or influence.

November 2, 1917: Balfour Declaration – Britain agrees with the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland for the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people. It was a letter issued by Arthur James Balfour, the British foreign secretary, on behalf of the Government of His Britannic Majesty King George the Fifth, addressed to Lord Rothschild.

January 3, 1919: Faisal–Weizmann Agreement – signed by Faisal bin Hussein bin Ali al-Hashimi and Chaim Weizmann of the World Zionist Organization, part of the Paris Peace Conference to support an Arab Kingdom and Jewish settlement in Palestine.

March 8, 1920: Arabs claim an independent government as the Arab Kingdom of Syria. The Kingdom was established under Faisal I of the Hashemite family. Greater Syria (Syria, along with Transjordan, Palestine, and Lebanon) was proclaimed independent from rule by foreign powers and was declared a constitutional monarchy with Faiṣal as king.

April 25, 1920: San Remo Resolution – “The High Contracting Parties agree to entrust, by application of the provisions of Article 22, the administration of Palestine, within such boundaries as may be determined by the Principal Allied Powers, to a Mandatory, to be selected by the said Powers. The Mandatory will be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 8, 1917, by the British Government, and adopted by the other Allied Powers, in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

June 3, 1922: Churchill White Paper – after the San Remo Conference, Winston Churchill clarified the position of the British government in the Churchill White Paper; in that Britain’s views on the Balfour Declaration, do not contemplate that Palestine as a whole should be converted into a Jewish National Home, but that such a Home should be founded “in Palestine.” It should be noted, that all of the land of British Palestine was never fully promised to either the Israeli Jews or the Palestinian Arabs. The argument is made that the San Remo Conference stated that all of Palestine would be for a Jewish National Home.

June 30, 1922: the Official Journal of the League of Nations, contained a statement by Lord Balfour in which he explained that the League’s authority was strictly limited. “The article related that the ‘Mandates were not the creation of the League, and they could not in substance be altered by the League. Basically, Britain concluded that they still controlled the land, instead of the League of Nations.

July 24, 1922: British Mandate for Palestine is created. It was a legal commission for the administration of the territory. Palestine and Transjordan were to remain under British control.

September 16, 1922: Transjordan Memorandum – a British memorandum passed by the Council of the League of Nations went into force. This single memorandum gave away 91,000 square kilometers of the original 118,000 square kilometers, of the Palestine Mandate. So, in this one memorandum, the British gave away 77% of all the land, which would eventually be called Jordan. After giving away this land, the British then excluded the land, Transjordan at the time, from any area promised as a national home for the Jews, or as an independent national home for the indigenous peoples in Palestine. This one act created severe problems in Palestine and continues to create problems to this day. The land was given to the Sharif of Mecca, Hussein bin Ali, who ruled from 1908, and rebelled against the Ottoman rule during the Arab Revolt of 1916. The British granted control over the newly formed states of Iraq and Transjordan to his sons Faisal and Abdullah.

April 25, 1936: The Arab Higher Committee or the Higher National Committee was the central political organ of the Arab community of Mandate Palestine. It was established on the initiative of Hajj Amin al-Husayni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, and comprised the leaders of Palestinian Arab clans and political parties under the mufti’s chairmanship.

May 23, 1939: White Paper of 1939 – in favor of creating an independent Palestine governed by Palestinian Arabs and Jews in proportion to their numbers in the population by 1939. This was a policy paper issued by the British government under Neville Chamberlain.

October 24, 1945: United Nations was founded after World War II to replace the League of Nations.

November 29, 1947: UN General Assembly adopted a resolution recommending the adoption of the Partition Plan as Resolution 181(II); in this resolution the land of Palestine was given to the Palestinian Arabs and the Israeli Jews, for a two state solution. Arabs have always reiterated that it was rejected because it was unfair: it gave the majority of the land (56%) to the Jews, who at that stage legally owned only 7% of the land and were a minority of the population. The area under Jewish control contained 45% of the Palestinian population. The Arabs argued that it violated the rights of the majority of the people in Palestine, which at the time was 67% non-Jewish (1,237,000) and 33% Jewish (608,000); yet the proposed Arab state was only given 44% of the land, much of which was unfit for agriculture. Jaffa, geographically separated, was to be part of the Arab state. The plan allocated to the Jewish State most of the Negev desert that was sparsely populated and unsuitable for agriculture but also a “vital land bridge protecting British interests from the Suez Canal to Iraq.”

May 14, 1948: British Mandate over Palestine expired; and the State of Israel declared independence; the declaration states that the State of Israel would ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex, and guaranteed freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture. But, the Knesset maintains that the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel is neither a law nor an ordinary legal document; the Supreme Court has ruled that the guarantees were merely guiding principles, and that the declaration is not a constitutional law making a practical ruling on the upholding or nullification of various ordinances and statutes.

September 22, 1948: All-Palestine Government was established by the Arab League, during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. It was soon recognized by all Arab League members except Transjordan. Though jurisdiction of the Government was declared to cover the whole of the former Mandatory Palestine, its effective jurisdiction was limited to the Gaza Strip. The Prime Minister of the Gaza-seated administration was Ahmed Hilmi Pasha, and the President was Hajj Amin al-Husseini, former chairman of the Arab Higher Committee.

December 11, 1948: United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 was passed, defining principles for reaching a final settlement and solving the refugee problem in the region. The resolution was adopted by a majority of 35 countries from among the 58 members of the United Nations at that time; however all six Arab countries then represented at the UN voted against it (Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen, all were parties to the conflict in question).

December 1948: Jericho Conference was held to decide the future of the portion of Palestine that was held by Jordan at the end of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, led by Sheikh Muhammad Ali Ja’abari. Pro-Jordanian personalities called for the annexation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, to Jordan, This unification was later known as the Unification of the Two Banks (the eastern and western banks of the Jordan River.) It stated, Palestine Arabs desire unity between Transjordan and Arab Palestine and therefore make known their wish that Arab Palestine be annexed immediately to Transjordan. They also recognize Abdullah as their King and request him proclaim himself King of new territory.

May 11, 1949: Israel is admitted into the UN. This is conditional on Israel’s acceptance and implementation of resolutions 181 and 194. These resolution granted UN control over Jerusalem and for the return of Palestinian refugees. Resolution 181: United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine; Resolution 194: defined principles for reaching a final settlement and solving the refugee problem in the region.

May 12, 1949: Lausanne Protocol – the Arabs and Israel signed. By signing the Protocol, countries recognized the Resolutions 194 and 181. The parties signed a joint protocol on the framework for a comprehensive peace, which included territories, refugees, and Jerusalem, in which Israel agreed “in principle” to allow the return of all of the Palestinian refugees.

August 12, 1949: Israel signed the Fourth Geneva Convention; it was ratified on June 2, 1951. The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental principles of international law, accepted as binding by all civilized nations, were to be incorporated in the domestic legal system of Israel. The Fourth Geneva Convention contains Section III. Occupied territories; Articles 47-78 impose substantial obligations on occupying powers. As well as numerous provisions for the general welfare of the inhabitants of an occupied territory, an occupier may not forcibly deport protected persons, or deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into occupied territory (Art.49). Protected persons who are in occupied territory shall not be deprived, in any case or in any manner whatsoever, of the benefits of the present Convention by any change introduced, as the result of the occupation of a territory, into the institutions or government of the said territory, nor by any agreement concluded between the authorities of the occupied territories and the Occupying Power, nor by any annexation by the latter of the whole or part of the occupied territory (Art.47).

May 28, 1964: PLO signed its Original PLO Charter. The Palestinian National Covenant or Palestinian National Charter is the charter or constitution of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

June 19, 1967: National Unity Government of Israel voted unanimously to return the Sinai to Egypt and the Golan Heights to Syria in return for peace agreements. The U.S. was informed of the decision, but not that it was to transmit it. There is no evidence it was conveyed to Egypt or Syria. The decision was kept a closely guarded secret within Israeli government circles and the offer was withdrawn in October 1967.

November 22, 1974: UN General Assembly officially “acknowledged” the government of Palestine; as observer status at the United Nations and as a “non-state entity,” which entitled it to speak in the UN General Assembly but not to vote; to use the designation “Palestine” instead of “Palestine Liberation Organization” when referring to the Palestinian permanent observer.

November 15, 1988: State of Palestine is a state that was proclaimed by the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO’s) National Council (PNC) which unilaterally adopted the Palestinian Declaration of Independence.

August 20, 1993: Oslo I Accord or Oslo I, officially called the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements or short Declaration of Principles (DOP), was an attempt to set up a framework that would lead to the resolution of the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian conflict. It was the first face-to-face agreement between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

1994: Palestinian Authority was formed, pursuant to the Oslo Accords between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the government of Israel, as a five-year interim body. Further negotiations were then meant to take place between the two parties regarding its final status. As of 2013, more than eighteen years following the formulation of the Authority, this status has yet to be reached.

May 4, 1994: Gaza–Jericho Agreement – officially called Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area, was a follow-up treaty to the Oslo I Accord in which details of Palestinian autonomy were concluded. The agreement is commonly known as the 1994 Cairo Agreement. The Treaty provided for limited Palestinian self-rule in West Bank and Gaza Strip within five years. Pursuant to the Agreement, Israel promised to withdraw partly from Jericho in the West Bank and partly from the Gaza Strip, within three weeks from the date of the signing.

March 28, 2002: Arab Peace Initiative – a comprehensive peace initiative first proposed at the Beirut Summit of the Arab League by then-Crown Prince, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and re-endorsed at the Riyadh Summit in 2007. The initiative attempts to end the Arab–Israeli conflict, which means normalizing relations between the entire Arab region and Israel, in exchange for a complete withdrawal from the occupied territories (including East Jerusalem) and a “just settlement” of the Palestinian refugee crisis based on UN Resolution 194 (which calls for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict and resolves that any refugees “wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors” should be able to do so or, if they otherwise wish, should be provided with compensation).

July 9, 2004: the International Court of Justice concluded that Israel had breached its obligations under international law by establishing settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and that Israel cannot rely on a right of self-defense or on a state of necessity in order to preclude the wrongfulness of imposing a régime, which is contrary to international law. The construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and its associated régime, are contrary to international law.

February 7, 2012: Fatah–Hamas Doha Agreement was signed by President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshal in the presence of Qatar’s emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, intended to end the Fatah–Hamas conflict.

November 29, 2012: UN General Assembly grants Palestine non-member observer State status at UN; resolution 67/19; adopted by a vote of 138 in favor to nine against with 41 abstentions by the 193-member Assembly; nations who voted against: Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama, United States of America.

January 2013: Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority rebranded itself as the State of Palestine in official documents.

September 7, 2013: 134 (69.4%) of the 193 member states of the United Nations have recognized the State of Palestine

April 2, 2014: Palestinian Authority signed up formally to the Geneva Conventions, which set down the rules of warfare and humanitarian operations in conflict zones. The Palestinians had pledged to freeze all moves to seek membership in U.N. organizations and international conventions – a stepping stone to recognition of their hoped-for state – during the talks in return for Israel’s release of veteran Arab prisoners. But after Israel announced plans to expand settlements in occupied Arab East Jerusalem, The State of Palestine turned to the U.N. organizations. The Palestinians have also submitted requests to the United Nations to join 13 other international conventions and treaties, and the world body has said that the move was legal. The treaties include the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, the convention on the rights of the child, the convention against torture and an anti-corruption accord.

June 2, 2014: Palestinian Unity Government of 2014 was formed after an agreement between the Fatah and Hamas parties; a national and political union formed under Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The new government was recognized by the European Union, the United Nations, the United States, China, India, Russia and Turkey.

Religious Arguments

Exodus 23:31 (KJV) And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee. My Peace Plan meets these requirements: Israel would span from the Red Sea, with coasts on the Gulf of Suez, the Gulf of Aqaba and to the point of the former Sinai Peninsula, on the coast of the Red Sea. Even unto the sea of the Philistines; in the Bible, the Mediterranean Sea was also known as the “Sea of the Philistines” (Exod. 23:31), from the people occupying a large portion of its shores near the Israelites. So, Israel would continue to have a northern coast on the Mediterranean Sea. And from the desert, the desert is the Negev Desert, and now would extend to the southern-most point of the Sinai. Unto the river, unto implies north from the Negev Desert to the Jordan River. Prophecies would be fulfilled. The Torah does not record the Philistines as one of the nations to be displaced from Canaan. In Genesis 15:18-21 the Philistines are absent from the ten nations Abraham’s descendants will displace as well as being absent from the list of nations Moses tells the people they will conquer (Deut. 7:1, 20:17). God also intentionally directed the Israelites away from the Philistines upon their exit from Egypt according to Exodus 13:17. In Genesis 21, Abraham agreed to a covenant of kindness with the Philistine king Avimelech and his descendants. The Battle of Aphek is a biblical episode described in 1 Samuel 4:1-10 of the Hebrew Bible. During this battle the Philistines defeat the Israelite army and capture the Ark of the Covenant. After the Ark had been among them for seven months, the Philistines, on the advice of their diviners, returned it to the Israelites. The Israelites and Judahites have had four autonomous nations in this land, and have lived in this area for a period of 3285 years, if not more. The Philistines and Palestinians have lived in this area for a period of 3,191 years, if not more. Only 94 years less than the Israelites and Judahites. So, the Palestinians and Israelis, both, have thousands of years of history in this land. With this plan, there would be no more dead-lock for the zealots in Christianity; compromise is required for the second coming to be possible. There would be no more complaint of Judaism, would be no further need for the bully Israel, no more criticism, only praise and admiration. The Muslim nation could begin to truly live in Islam; a return to enlightenment; this plan is required for the coming of the Mahdi, Isa (Jesus) and Dajjal, and Yawm al-Qiyāmah in Al-Quds. For the Messiah to return through the East Gate and walk straight into the temple, For Jesus to come back on the Mount of Olives and walk through the East Gate – and there must be a bridge built, as it once was by the Romans, across the Kidron Valley, above the cemetery in front of the Eastern Gate. These are the beliefs of the three Abrahamic religions and the proposals in this plan will meet these goals.

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O Jerusalem

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

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O Ruairc

Bréifne (the Breffny, Brefnie, Brenny, …) was the traditional territory for an early Irish tribal group known as the Uí Briúin Bréifne. Ancestors of the Ua Ruairc sept (O’Rourke, O’Rorke, et al) were among the early leaders of the Uí Briúin Bréifne beginning at least as early as the 8th century C.E. The Bréifne territory included the modern Ireland counties of Leitrim and Cavan and at one point in the 12th century, when Tighernán mór Ó Ruairc was king of Bréifne, it extended from Kells in County Meath to Drumcliff in County Sligo (map at right). By about the 13th century the Bréifne region had split into East and West, the Ó Ruairc kings maintaining lordship over the West (an area in and around County Leitrim). In its history the Bréifne region was considered part of the kingdom of Connacht up until the time of Queen Elizabeth I (circa 1583). At that time it was shired into the modern Counties Cavan and Leitrim, with Leitrim remaining in the confines of the province of Connacht while Cavan became part of Ulster. The Ó Ruairc’s were effectively lords of “Breffny O’Rourke” through the turbulent 16th century.

The Story Begins

Our story begins in 4th century Ireland with Eachu Mugmedón. Eachu was a leading Irish king during that period who is distinguished as the ancestor of the Uí Neill, Uí Briúin and Uí Fiachrach septs, tribal groups who dominated the political scene in Connacht (western Ireland) and northwest Ulster for over eight centuries. Eachu’s son Brión was a King of the province of Connacht. From Brión stemmed the families of the Uí Briúin Bréifne (O’Rourke, O’Reilly, et al), the Uí Bríuin Ai (O’Conor, MacDermot, et al), and the Uí Bríuin Seola (O’Flaherty, et al). From Brión’s brothers and half-brothers descended other noble families of early Ireland, in particular the Uí Néill (Ó Neill, Ó Donnell, et al of Ulster) and the Uí Fiachrach (O Cleary, Ó Dowd, et al of Connacht).

Brión’s son, Duach Galach, was cited by some as a King of Connacht in the 5th century. Sometime over the next three centuries, the descendants of Duach Galach carved a territory in modern counties Leitrim and Cavan known as the Brefni, or Bréifne. Notable among his descendants was Aedh Finn, son of Feargna. There are many later references in Irish history to the O’Ruaircs being of ‘the race of Aedh Finn’. Among Aedh Finn’s descendants included Dub Dothra, son of Donchadha, who was described in the Irish Annals for the year 743 as King of Uí Briúin (and depending on the reference, a king of Conmaicne, and of Bréifne). From this reference some historians believe the Uí Briúin lordship in Bréifne began about the 8th century, while others discount the reference to Conmaicne and Breifne which were included only in the Annals of Tigernach. Dub Dothra’s son Cernach (aka Cernachan) is claimed by a number of sources to be the common ancestor of the O’Rourkes and the O’Reillys, dominant families of the Bréifne region in later times. A son of Cernach, named Sellachan (aka Ceallach), was described as a king of Bréifne in Geoffrey Keating’s History of Ireland. Sellachan was also cited in the medieval genealogies in the Book of Leinster under the sub-heading ‘king of Bréifne’, but does not specifically indicate he was a king of Bréifne. He may have been. (note: Conmaicne was a name for a people or territory which included the southern portion of modern county Leitrim, as well as adjoining parts of county Longford – i.e. Conmaicne Réin, from which the Diocese of Ardagh was formed in the early 12th century).

The Irish Annals record a son of Sellachan (aka Ceallach) by the name of Tighearnán, who is noted as a King of Bréifne in the Irish annals, his obituary dated about the year 888. This Tighearnán had been noted with 12 sons, one of whom was named Ruarc, the ancestor of the Ó Ruaircs (O’Rourke, et al). Ruarc and some of his brothers were noted in the Annals as lords of Bréifne, with Ruarc’s obituary appearing between the years 892-898. For example, Chronicon Scotorum cites that “Ruarc son of Tigernán, king of Bréifne, died.” Also see Early Reference in the Annals. Ruarc and his son Art were apparently men of importance in the province of Connacht (aka Connaught). Art’s son Ferghal (aka Sean Ferghal) was the first of the Ua Ruaircs to become King of Connacht, a milestone event occurring about the middle of the 10th century. As a grandson of Ruarc, Ferghal was among the first Bréifne kings entitled to be called Ó Ruairc (Ó indicating ‘grandson of’, or ‘descendant of’).

Ferghal must have been a powerful warrior since the kingship of Connacht had previously been dominated by the Uí Fiachrach and by other branches of the Uí Briúin (e.g. the Uí Briúin Ái). During his term as king Ferghal led many great battles including raids into the territories of the Uí Néill to the north and to the east (Meath), as well as to the southwest in the province of Munster. Between the years 964-967 Ferghal was defeated in the Boirenn of Corcu Mruad (the Burren of Corcomroe), as noted in the Annals. About the same time his obituary appears in Chronicon Scotorum, ” Fergal ua Ruairc, the Nebuchadnezzar of the Irish, i.e. the king of Connacht, … fell by Domnall son of Congalach, king of Brega (East Meath) and Cnogba (Knowth).” For additional information on Ferghal and the Ó Ruairc kings of Connacht, see Sean Ferghal, the 1st Ó Ruairc

In the early Irish genealogies Ferghal was noted with two sons: Aedh, and Art an caileach. Aedh Ó Ruairc was king of Bréifne until he fell by the hand of Tadhg Ó Conor of the White Steed, a King of Connacht, about the year 1014-1015. His obit. in the Annals notes, “Aed ua Ruairc king of Bréifne and heir designate of Connacht, was killed by Tadc an-eich-ghil, son of Cathal son of Conchobor, king of Connacht, in treachery.” Aedh was likely succeeded over Bréifne by his brother Art an caileach, who was cited in the Annals as king of Bréifne about the year 1020 – “Caileach h-Úa Ruairc, i.e., Art mac Sen-Fergail, rí Brefne.” (note: ‘rí’ was the Gaelic term meaning ‘king’ or ‘lord of’)

Aedh Ó Ruairc (obit. 1014-1015) was noted with a son named Art Uallach (‘the proud‘), sometimes referred to as Art oridnidhe, who was strong enough to regain the kingship of Connacht, becoming the 2nd Ó Ruairc to hold that distinction. About 1030 his chief rival, Tadhg of the White Steed Ua Conchobhair ( Ó Conor), King of Connaught, was slain by the Gott, i.e. Maelseachlainn, grandson of Maelruanaidh, lord of Meath and Cremthainne. Art Uallach Ó Ruairc held the kingship of Connacht from about that time until the year 1046 when his obituary appears in the Annals – ” Art Uallach Ua Ruairc, King of Connaught, was slain by the Cinel-Conaill (ancestors of Ó Donnell), in the second year after his having plundered Cluain-mic-Nois (Clonmacnoise).” The following year Niall Ua Ruairc [Art Uallach's son], king of Bréifne, was slain in Corann (southern c. Sligo) by Aedh Ó Conor of the Gapped Spear (son of Tadhg of the White Steed). Aedh Ó Conor had killed Art Uallach’s son Donchadh Dearg a few years prior to this.

About the year 1067 another son of Art Uallach, also named Aedh Ó Ruairc, helped overthrow Aedh Ó Conor of the Gapped Spear at the battle of Turloch Adnaig. Aedh became the 3rd Ó Ruairc King of Connacht and reigned for about twenty years. His obituary dated in the year 1087 appears in the Annals of Loch Cé – “The battle of Conachail, in the territory of Corann, was gained by Ruaidhri ‘of the yellow hound,’ son of Aedh ‘of the gapped spear’ Ó Conor, over Aedh, son of Art Uallach Ua Ruairc, king of Connacht and Conmaicne. Moreover, Aedh, son of Art Ua Ruairc, was slain.”

The Annals are not silent regarding the lords of Bréifne between the years of the 2nd and 3rd Ó Ruairc kings of Connacht. i.e. between 1046 and 1087. After Niall son of Art Uallach, King of Bréifne, was slain in 1047, Cathal, son of Tighernain (son of Niall, son of Aedh), was noted as a king of Bréifne in 1051, being defeated by an Aedh Ó Ruairc in 1059. The year 1066 recorded the death of Gilla Braite ua Ruairc, king of Bréifne. The Annals of the Four Masters describes this Gilla Braite Ó Ruairc as a son of Domhnall, son of Tighearnan, son of Ualgharg, son of Niall (which appears to be an asynchronism). About the year 1084 appears the obit. of another Ó Ruairc king – “Donnchad mac Airt in Cailech, maic Shen-Fergail h-Úi Ruairc, king of Brefne and East Connacht, fell in battle.” This Donnchadh was described as Donnchadh cael in the genealogies. In 1085 “Ualgharg Ua Ruairc, royal heir of Connaught, died.” Ualgharg appears to have been a grandson of Art Uallach, and possibly a son of Niall who died in 1047.

In 1102 “Domhnall, son of Tighearnan Ó Ruairc, lord of Bréifne and Conmhaicni, and of all Connaught for a time, was slain by the Conmhaicni themselves.” Domhnall, son of Tighearnan, was possibly the grandson of Ualgharg who died in 1085, the genealogies in the Book of Ballymote citing Ualgharg with two sons: Tigernán and Domnall. This Domhnall, son of Tighearnan, was noted as the 4th and last of his family to be called King of Connacht, although the situation appears unclear in the Annals. Ruaidhri ‘of the yellow hound’ Ó Conor was king of Connacht until he was blinded in 1092 by Flaithbheartach Ua Flaithtbheartach. In 1093 the Conmhaicni had killed Ruaidhri Ó Conor’s son Niall. About 1095 (unnamed) Ua Ruairc submitted to Muirchertach (Ua Briain), and the high-kingship of Connachta, save Uí Fhiachrach, Uí Maine and Luigne, was given to him. In 1097 another of Ruaidhri Ó Conor’s sons, Tadhg, had been slain. By 1098 Flaithbheartach Ua Flaithbheartaigh, lord of Sil-Muireadhaigh and West Connaught, was slain. It was during this tumultuous period that Domhnall, son of Tighearnan Ó Ruairc, albeit aided by the powerful Muirchertach Ua Briain, was titled a king of Connacht for a short time.

About the year 1101 “Donnchad son of Art (or Aedh) ua Ruairc, king of Uí Briúin and Conmaicne, and royal heir of Connaught, was killed by Giolla Srònmhaol (‘the bald-nosed lad‘) Ó Ruairc.” Donnchad may have been a son of Aedh, the third Ó Ruairc King of Connacht who died in 1087. Aedh ‘Giolla Srònmhaol’ Ó Ruairc was possibly a nephew or grand-nephew of Donnchad. Giolla Srònmhaol (i.e. Aedh) appears to have been a king of Bréifne and Conmaicne until he was killed in 1122 by Murchadh Ó Maeleachlain and the men of Meath. About 1124 another Ó Ruairc is mentioned, “Gilla Braite Ua Ruairc was slain (drowned) by the Connaughtmen, on Loch mac nÉn.” Loch nÉn is descibed near modern Athlone, Co. Roscommon, and it is possible this Gilla Braite (or Gilla Bruide) was a son of Domnall, the fourth Ó Ruairc king of Connacht.

Tigernan mor O Ruairc

The next King of Breifne had connections with the above Murchadh Ó Maeleachlain of Meath, responsible for the death of Giolla Srònmhaol Ó Ruairc. His name was Tigernan O Ruairc and he was supported by Murchadh as the next King of Breifne about the year 1124. Tigernan was described as a ‘young cousin of the Gilla Strònmael,’ and he married Murchadh O Maeleachlain’s daughter Dearbhforgaill (Dervorgil). The older Irish genealogies place Tigernan as a descendant of Domnall who was one of two known sons of Ualgharg, the royal heir of Connaught who died in 1085. The Book of Leinster appears to show him as a son of Donnchad son of Domnall, son of Ualgarg; while the later genealogical tracts of the Book of Ballymote, MacFirbis’ Book of Genealogies, and An Leabhar Donn cite him as a son of Aedh son of Donnchad son of Domnall. Tigernan reigned as King of Breifne for about 48 years, participating in many great battles which earned him the name Tighearnán Mór (‘the great‘). His exploits are well documented in the Irish Annals.

Tighearnán Mór suffered a setback in the year 1152. Diarmaid Mac Murchadha (Dermot MacMurrough), the King of Leinster (southeast Ireland), with the assistance of the High King of Ireland, Toirdhealbhach Ua Conchobhair (Turlough Mor Ó Conor), invaded Breifne and defeated Tighearnán Mór. On this occasion “they took Conmhaicne from Tighearnán Ua Ruairc and gave the chieftainship to the son of Gilla Braite Ua Ruairc.” To add insult to injury Dervorgil, daughter of Ua Maeleachlainn and wife of Tighearnán Ó Ruairc, was “brought away by the King of Leinster, i.e. Diarmaid, with her cattle and furniture; and he took with her according to the advice of her brother, Maeleachlainn [Ua Maeleachlainn].”

The following year (1153) an army was lead by Turlough Mor Ó Conor, the High King, against Diarmaid Mac Murchadha, King of Leinster, “and took away the daughter of Ua Maeleachlainn (Dervorgil), with her cattle, from him, so that she was in the power of the men of Meath [Ua Maeleachlainn]. On this occasion Tighearnán Ua Ruairc came into his house, and left him hostages.” Later the same year Muircheartach Ua Lochlainn, and the people of the north of Ireland, defeated the men of Munster, Connacht and Leinster. The Annals cite, “After this Ua Lochlainn proceeded with his forces to Loch Aininn (Lough Ennell), and Ua Maeleachlainn came into his house, and left him hostages; and he (Ua Lochlainn) gave him all Meath, from the Sinainn to the sea, and also Ui-Faelain and Ui-Failghe. He gave Ui-Briuin and Conmhaicne to Tighearnán Ua Ruairc, and carried the hostages of both with him…” “Dearbhforgaill, daughter of Murchadh Ua Maeleachlainn, came from the King of Leinster (Diarmaid) to Tighearnán Ua Ruairc again.”

It was in the timeframe of the 1150s the boundaries of many Irish dioceses were set, providing a glimpse of the general extent of the Breifne and Conmaicne regions which were largely controlled by Tighearnán Mór at the time.

Over ten years later, in 1166, “An army, composed of the men of Breifne and Meath, and of the foreigners of Ath-cliath [Dublin] and the Leinstermen, was led by Tighearnán Ua Ruairc into Ui Ceinnsealaigh (in Leinster); and Diarmaid Mac Murchadha was banished over sea, and his castle at Fearna (Ferns) was demolished. They set up as king, Murchadh, the grandson of Murchadh, he giving seventeen hostages to Ruaidhri Ua Conchobhair (the High King), to be sent to Tir Fiachrach Aidhne.” This event led Diarmaid Mac Murchadha to begin recruiting forces from Wales and he returned in 1167 to retake his kingdom of Ui Ceinnsealaigh. Again Diarmaid was defeated, by Ruaidhri Ua Conchobhair and Tighearnán Ua Ruairc, and “Diarmaid Mac Murchadha afterwards came to Ua Conchobhair, and gave him seven hostages for ten cantreds of his own native territory, and one hundred ounces of gold to Tighearnán Ua Ruairc for his eineach.” The latter (eineach) was apparently a payment to Tighearnán on behalf of his “honour”, and possibly relating to the incident of fifteen years prior.

In the the years 1169 and 1170, more forces from Wales and England arrived in Ireland to support Diarmaid Mac Murchadha and his greater ambitions. Tighearnán Ua Ruairc was at the forefront of resistance to this foreign invasion into Ireland, and many battles were fought. In 1170 Diarmaid gave his daughter in marriage to one of the leaders from England, nicknamed Strongbow. The following year Diarmaid Mac Murchadha died, leaving part of his patrimony in Leinster to his son-in-law Strongbow [in violation of Brehon Law]. The political scene in southeast Ireland had reached a turning point with the arrival in 1171 of Henry, King of England, opening the door for further encroachment by the “Saxon Foreigners” within Ireland.

In 1172 Tighearnán Ua Ruairc, “Lord of Breifny and Conmaicne, a man of great power for a long time, was treacherously slain at Tlachtgha by Hugo de Lacy and Donnell, the son of Annadh O’Rourke, one of his own tribe, who was along with them. He was beheaded by them, and they conveyed his head and body ignominiously to Dublin. The head was placed over the gate of the fortress, as a spectacle of intense pity to the Irish, and the body was gibbeted, with the feet upwards, at the northern side of Dublin.”

For over 100 years following this event there was no long-standing Ó Ruairc. The eligible young men of the clan fought one another for the kingship, and the Lords of Breifne changed in quick succession. Aedh Ó Ruairc, son of Gilla Braite, served for a time until 1176, followed by Amlaíb Ó Ruairc, son of Fergal, who died in 1184. Aedh Ó Ruairc, son of Máelsechlann served as chief until his death 1187, he apparently being a grandson of Tighearnán mór. Ualgarg Ó Ruairc, son of Cathal, was noted serving at various times until his death in 1231, followed by Cathal riabach O’Ruairc, son of Donnchadh. The list of Ó Ruairc chiefs included no less than eleven over the next 40 odd years, at a time when Amlaíb O’Ruairc, son of Art son of Cathal riabach came to power. Amlaíb would serve as chief perhaps from perhaps 1275 until his death in 1307, when his cousin Domnall carrach assumed the chieftainship for a short time. Domnall carrach was a son of another Amlaib.

In the early 13th century Niall, great-grandson of Domhnall macTigernáin Ó Ruairc (the 4th and last Ó Ruairc King of Connacht), and some of his descendants, became the lords of Dartry and of Clan Fermaighe (a nothern portion of modern County Leitrim). There was great rivalry between these Ó Ruaircs and those of the main line, the Kings of Breifne, and they regularly attacked one another. In one entry in the annals Ó Raighillighs (O’Reilly) of East Breifne is noted as a lord of Dartry and Clan Fermaighe, an indication perhaps of how far the clan rivalries extended within the kingdom of Breifne. The power of the O’Reillys of East Breifne were in the ascendant from this time forward. With the rise of the O’Reilly in modern County Cavan , the territory referred to as the Breifne became divided into “Breffny O’Rourke” and “Breffny O’Reilly”, the former becoming limited more to the modern County Leitrim vicinity, plus some surrounding areas.

From the mid-13th century into the 14th, the Ó Conor Kings of Connacht greatly influenced the assignment of the Ó Ruairc kings of Breifne. During this period rivalries among the Ó Ruaircs included those of the descendants of Domnall and Donnchadh, grandsons of Ualgharg (died 1085). Among the descendants of Domnall, grandson of Ualgarg (died 1085), two main lines of his descendants also vied for the kingship of Breifne. At the Battle of Athenry in 1316, during the Bruce Invasion of Ireland, a great battle ensued to oppose William de Burgo and the other Anglo-Norman Galls in Connacht. In defeat at this battle were lost many great kings and princes of Connacht, Thomond and Meath including men of the Ui Briuin Breifne, the Ui Maine, Ui Fiachrach and Conmaicne. After this devastating defeat Ualgharg mór Ó Ruairc was king of Breifne, and the years that followed saw great rivalry between the Ó Ruaircs and the Ó Conors of Clan Murtagh.

Ualgharg mór Ó Ruairc, son of Domnall carrach, reigned as king of Breifne from about 1316 until his death in battle with Ruaidri son of Cathal Ó Conchobair (Ó Conor) in 1346. Upon Ualgarg’s death the kingship may have been in dispute between Ualgharg’s brother, Flaithbhertach, and Ualgarg’s eldest son, Aedh bán. Aedh bán defeated Flaithbertach in 1349 and was described as king of Breifne in 1352 when he was slain by Clan Murtagh. Flaithbhertach then held the kingship for a few months in 1352 before his death. Following the death of Flaithbertach, a second son of Ualgarg took his turn as king of Breifne. His name was Tadgh na gCaor (of the Berries) who was responsible for driving out the Ó Conors of Clan Murtagh. His reign lasted until 1376 when he was succeeded by his younger brother Tighearnán mór Ó Ruairc. During Tighearnán’s reign the “sons of Flaithbertach Ó Ruairc were banished from Breifne,” no doubt due to their continued rivalry. Tighearnán mór’s long reign lasted until 1418 when he died at an advanced age.

Tighearnán mór was succeeded by his son Aedh buidhe who quickly died the year following. It was in 1419 that Aedh buidhe’s brother Tadhg was elected in his place by the O’Rourkes from “Slieve-an-ierin West“. However, Art, son of Tadgh na gCaor, son of Ualgharg mór, was elected in opposition to Tadhg from [the men of] “Slieve-an-ierin East“, i.e. by the O’Reillys, the people of Teallach Donnchadha, and the descendants of Melaghlin Mac Rannall. This made sense since the sons of Tadgh na gCaor had their base of power in the southern portion of modern Count Leitrim (in Carrigallen), while the son of Tighearnán mór had their base in the north (in Drumahaire). At this point a great rift had been created and the kingship of “Breffny O’Rourke” became divided between East and West, the dividing point often described as Sliabh An Iarainn (the Iron Mountains, in the middle of co. Leitrim). In effect, “East Breifne O’Rourke” included the area about southern County Leitrim, while “West Breifne O’Rourke” included the northern County Leitrim area. Two of the baronies of modern county Cavan, i.e. Tullyhunco and Tullyhaw, were still considered among the areas included under the watch of the Breifne O’Rourke’s at this time. Refer to this map highlighting the baronies most associated with Breifne O’Rourke.

By 1424 Tadhg, son of Tighearnán mór, received Art son of Tadgh na gCaor’s submission and served as the Ó Ruairc until his death in 1435, at which time the kingship was again divided among East and West. In 1435 Art’s brother Lochlainn Ó Ruairc, son of Tadgh na gCaor, succeeded as king of East Breifne, and Tadhg son of Tighearnán mór had been succeeded by his brother? Donnchadh bacagh as king of West Breifne. In 1445 Donnchadh bacagh died and he was succeeded by his nephew, Donnchadh son of Tighernán óg son of Tighearnán mór. The people of West Breifny proclaimed Donnchadh son of Tighernán óg son Tighearnán mór, the Ó Ruairc, in opposition to Lochlainn, the son of Tadgh na gCaor (of East Breifne). Donnchadh, an ancestor of the O’Rourkes of Carha, would reign as the Ó Ruairc until his death in 1449. He was succeeded by his first cousin, Tighernán óg son of Tadhg son of Tighearnán mór, who was nominated the Ó Ruairc. In 1457-1458 Lochlainn Ó Ruairc, son of Tadgh, of East Breifne was defeated by the Maguires of Fermanagh and the kingship of East Breifne O’Rourke was effectively dissolved, although the Ua Ruaircs continued as large land-holders in this region over the next 200+ years. Tighernán óg son of Tadhg continued his reign as king of Breifne until his death in 1468. The ancestors of Tighernán óg became known as the O’Rourkes of Dromahair, a main branch of the family.

Following Tiernan óg son of Tadhg’s death in 1468, the kingship of Breifne was again in dispute. Tiernan óg’s brother Domnall was elected king of Breifne with support from the Lord of Tirconnell, Aedh Ruadh O’Donnell. This was opposed by the descendants of Tighernán óg son of Tighearnán mór son of Ualgharg (the O’Rourkes of Carha), who unjustly rose up against him; and they themselves, and the people of Carbury, and the Clann-Donough, inaugurate Donnchadh losc, the son of Tighearnán mór. To settle the matter an army was led by O’Donnell and Ó Ruairc in 1470 to go upon the hill of Cruachan-Ua Cuproin (the traditional inauguration site of the Breifny kings) to inaugurate the Ó Ruairc. However, O’Reilly, the English, and the people of Teallach-Dunchadha opposed them at Bel Átha Chonaill (Ballyconnell), and they were prevented from going to Cruachan on that occasion. As the dispute among the O’Rourkes of Dromahair and of Carrha continued, there was also infighting among the families of the last kings of East Breifne O’Rourke, which results in the death of Ualgarg son of Cathal Ballach Ó Ruairc, who was killed in 1472 by Eóghan son of Lochlann Ó Ruairc, an ancestor of the O’Rourkes of Cloncorick in the barony of Carrigallen.

By 1476 Feidhlimidh, son of Donnchadh Ó Ruairc, of the O’Rourkes of Carrha, became king of Breifne. In the year 1500, following the death of Feidhlimidh Ó Ruairc of Castlecar (the stronghold of the Carrha O’Rourkes), Eóghan son of Tighernán óg Ó Ruairc (of the Dromahair O’Rourkes), succeeded as king of Breifne. His reign would last 28 years and it was this Eóghan (Owen) who founded the renowned Franciscan Friary of Creevelea in 1509. At Creevelea, it was said, the Ó Ruaircs of Dromahair “received their education, joined the Order as Friars, or were buried.”

Eóghan (Owen) died in 1528 and was succeeded by his son Brian ballach mór as King of Breifne. In 1536 Brian demolished the stronghold at Castlecar in opposition to his rival O’Rourke clan. About 1540 Brian, noted for his many exploits, alliances and raids, built Leitrim Castle. In 1562 Brian, the last of the ‘Kings’ of Breifne, died. His descendants followed as lords of Breifne for a time and they later united with the other O’Rourke clans against the intruders from England who were transplanted into the region. Most notable was Brian ballach’s son, Brian na múrtha who was later hanged in London for treason against the Queen’s Law in 1591, as well as his grandson Brian óg who distinguished himself on the side of the Gael at the ‘Battle of the Curlews’ during the Nine Years War.

Of the history of the O’Rourkes, it can be said that some of their strongholds were at Dromahair (S.E. of Lough Gill); at Newtowne (on the N.E. shore of Lough Gill, later to have Parkes Castle built over it); at Carha (Caislén an Cairthe, or Castlecar, in the parish of Killasnet, north-central Co. Leitrim) lying between Glencar Lake and Manorhamilton; at Cloch Inse na dTorc (the stone fortress of Boar Island) on Cherry Island in Lough Garadice; at Leitrim Castle (south of Lough Allen); at Tuam Shanshadha (Woodford, next to Lough Garadice); and at Clooncorick a few miles south of Lough Garadice in the parish of Carrigallen.

Other fortifications with O’Rourke connections are said to include Duroy (Dubhshraith), a square Keep lying very near Newtowne castle; a crannog on Glencar [Glenn-Dallain] Lake in Killasnett parish; a crannog on Claen-loch [Lake Belhavel] in the parish of Killarga; the castle of Longfield located two miles south of Newtowngore in Carrigallen parish; a crannog on Lake Fore (Castlefore) in the barony of Leitrim; and perhaps a castle on the river Bonet referred to as Harrison’s Castle on the Ordnance Survey. The inauguration site of the Kings of Breifne was said to be at the hill of Cruachan (Croghan), across the border in County Cavan near Killeshandra.

The long story of the Ó Ruairc lives on in Irish history, although by the late 1800’s not one O’Rourke held land of any consequence in Leitrim. Today the O’Rourke and O’Rorke descendants of the great Ó Ruairc clan, like many of the old Irish clans of Ireland, are still to be found in Ireland but many had also sought their fortune in the other countries of Europe and abroad.

Last Ó Ruairc lords of Bréifne 
This article focuses on the Dromohair branch and the last Ó Ruairc lords of Bréifne.

The chart below was drawn from the early genealogies. It suggests the main lineage of three of the later branches of the Ó Ruairc family, those of Cloncorick, Carha, and Dromohair.  To reference some of the earlier descendants in this chart, click on Ualgharg mór below.

                                          Ualgharg mór (1346)
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            Tadhg na gCaor (1376)                                  Tighernán mór (1418) 
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Art (1424)     Lochlann (1458)  Tighernán óg    Aedh buidhe (1419)    Tadhg (1435)        Donnchadh    Donnchadh
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                Eoghan          Donnchadh  (1449)     Tighernán óg (1468)    Domnall (1468)
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                              Feidhlimidh (1500)          Eóghan (1528)     Brian ruadh (1487)
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          Eóghan (1488)     Feidhlimidh (1536)      Brian ballach mór (1562)
                          (O'Rourkes of Carha)      (O'Rourkes of Dromahair) 

Eóghan, son of Tighernán óg mac Taidhg Ó Ruairc, was of the O’Rourke’s of Dromahair. He is first noted in the annals in 1488 for the slaying of his cousin Eóghan, son of Feidhlimidh mac Donnchadha, i.e. the son of the ruling Ó Ruairc at that time. The year prior Eóghan son of Feidhlimidh, of the O’Rourkes of Carha, had caused the death of Brian ruadh Ó Ruairc, Eóghan son of Tighernán óg’s brother. Both of these events were a testament of the great rivalry between the O’Rourkes of Carha and the O’Rourke’s of Dromahair. Following the death of Feidhlimidh mac Donnchadha, Eóghan (Owen) would succeed as the Ó Ruairc in the year 1500.

Eóghan (Owen) was noted for commencing the Monastery of Ó Ruairc’s town, at Dromahair, the renowned Franciscan Friary of Creevelea founded in 1509. Eóghan died in

1528, his obituary appearing in the Annals of Connacht:

C1528.8 – O Ruairc, Eogan son of Tigernan, chief ornament of the men of Conmaicne, famous heir of the old Fergal, a pillar of the bounty and magnificence of Western Europe, a wise openhanded very wealthy prince, a man who tamed his neighbours and maintained all stout warfare against border foes, prop of the nobility and endurance of the posterity of Aed Finn son of Fergna son of Fergus, died in the robe of St. Francis after Unction and Penance.

Eóghan was succeeded by his son Brian ballach mór as King of Breifne. In 1536 Brian demolished the stronghold at Castlecar in opposition to the rival O’Rourkes there. About 1540 Brian, noted for his many exploits, alliances and raids, built Leitrim Castle. In 1562 Brian, the last of the ‘Kings’ of Breifne, died, his obituary appearing in the Annals of the Four Master:

M1562.1 – O’Rourke (Brian Ballagh, son of Owen), the senior of Sil-Feargna, and of the race of Aedh Finn, a man whose supporters, fosterers, adherents, and tributaries, extended from Caladh, in the territory of Hy-Many, to the fertile, salmon-full Drowes, the boundary of the far-famed province of Ulster; and from Granard in Teffia to the strand of Eothuile, the Artificer, in Tireragh of the Moy,—who had the best collection of poems, and who, of all his tribe, had bestowed the greatest number of presents for poetical eulogies, died in consequence of a fall; and his son, Hugh Gallda, was installed in his place.

The following is a chart of some of the descendants of Brian ballach mór as noted in the annals and genealogies, with their respective year of death.

                                        Brian ballach mór (1562)
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Brian na múrtha(1591)  Maghnus  Tadhg(1560)  Eóghan(1560)  Aedh gallda(1564)  Aedh buidhe(1566)  Tighernán bán
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  Eóghan (1589)  Tadhg an fiona (1605)  Art   Brian óg (1604)   Aedh óg    Eóghan mór       Brian ballach óg(1682)
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                     Brian ruadh(1641)                           Brian     Eóghan óg   Aedh(1684)  Tighernán(1702)
                                                           Hugh of Kilnagarn

As mentioned in his obit. Brian ballagh was replaced as Ó Ruairc by his son Aedh gallda. Aedh would hold sway only a couple of years before he was killed within his own dominion, as noted below:

M1564.1 – O’Rourke (Hugh Gallda, son of Brian Ballagh, son of Owen) was maliciously and malignantly slain by his own people, at Leitrim, in Muintir-Eolais; after which the whole country closed round Brian, the son of Brian O’Rourke; and it was rumoured that it was for him this treacherous misdeed was committed, though he had no personal share in perpetrating it. Hugh Boy, the son of Brian, son of Owen O’Rourke, another brother, who was younger than Hugh, but older than Brian, called himself O’Rourke by the influence of O’Neill.

Next to follow as Ó Ruairc was Aedh buidhe, brother of Aehd gallda. He was slain by the neighboring Cenel Conaill (the people of O Donnell) at Ballintogher, County Sligo just a couple of years following his election. His obituary alludes to the continued internal struggle for the right to become Ó Ruairc.

M1566.5 – O’Rourke (Hugh Boy, the son of Brian Ballagh) was slain by the Kinel-Connell, at Baile-an-tochair, in order that the son of the daughter of Manus O’Donnell, namely, Brian, the son of Brian, son of Owen (O’Rourke), might enjoy the lordship of Breifny.

Next to serve as as Ó Ruairc was Aedh buidhe’s younger brother Brian na múrtha, son of Brian ballagh. Brian na múrtha would reign as the Ó Ruairc for about 35 years, his term fraught with encroachment by the English, along with the usual raiding and feuding with other Gaelic rivals. Brian was a proud, stubborn man, who unlike some of the other Gaelic lords, was unwilling to compromise with the English, even after being knighted by them in 1578. The English tightened their grip even further when Ó Ruairc country became part of County Leitrim, formed in 1583. Brian would become an outlaw in the eyes of the English. Sentenced of treason he would eventually be taken prisoner, placed in the Tower of London, and hanged in 1591.

M1591.1 – O’Rourke, i.e. Brian-na-Murtha, the son of Brian, son of Owen, was banished, as stated before, into the Tuatha in Tirconnell, where he remained upwards of a year with Mac Sweeny (Owen Oge). After that he passed into Scotland, in hopes of obtaining protection or assistance from the King of Scotland. A party of the Queen’s people, however, took him prisoner, and carried him into England and into London, where he remained for some time in prison, i.e. until the ensuing November Term. The law was urged against him, and he was condemned to death. He was afterwards hanged, beheaded, and quartered. The death of this Brian was one of the mournful stories of the Irish, for there had not been for a long time any one of his tribe who excelled him in bounty, in hospitality, in giving rewards for panegyrical poems, in sumptuousness, in numerous troops, in comeliness, in firmness, in maintaining the field of battle to defend his patrimony against foreign adventurers, for all which he was celebrated, until his death on this occasian.

The next Ó Ruairc of importance was Brian óg na samhthach, son of Brian na múrtha. Among other things, Brian óg distinguished himself on the side of the Gael at the ‘Battle of the Curlews’ in 1599 during the Nine Years War. Brian óg was also forced to flee Breifne, as his father had, ending up in Galway where he passed away at the age of 35.

M1604.1 – O’Rourke (Brian Oge, the son of Brian-na-Murtha, son of Brian Ballagh, son of Owen) died at Galway on the 28th of January, and was buried in the monastery of Ross-Iriala, with the Franciscan Friars. The death of the person who departed here was a great loss, for he was the supporting pillar and the battle-prop of the race of Aedh-Finn, the tower of battle for prowess, the star of the valour and chivalry of the Hy-Briuin; a brave and protecting man, who had not suffered Breifny to be molested in his time; a sedate and heroic man, kind to friends, fierce to foes; and the most illustrious that had come for some time of his family for clemency, hospitality, nobleness, firmness, and steadiness.

The next Ó Ruairc was Tadhg an fiona, a half-brother of Brian óg, who would die at age 28 in Dromahair. Some suspect he may have been poisoned in 1605. With his death the last of the lords of the Dromahair line held sway.

M1605.2 – O’Rourke (Teige, son of Brian, son of Brian, son of Owen), Lord of Breifny, a man who had experienced many hardships and difficulties while defending his patrimony against his brother, Brian Oge; a man who was not expected to die on his bed, but by the spear or sword; a man who had fought many difficult battles, and encountered many dangers, while struggling for his patrimony and the dignity of his father, until God at length permitted him to obtain the lordship, died, and was interred with due honour in the Franciscan Monastery at Carrickpatrick.

Following the death of Tadhg an fiona, his sons Brian and Aedh were declared illegitimate by the English. They ultimately lost their claim to their father’s inheritance. In a Tract on the O Rourkes, written in 1714 perhaps by Father Patrick O Curneen he notes,

the Duke of Buckingham received the manor of Dromahaire; Sir Frederick Hamilton the manor of Baile Hamilton; Grandison the manor of Druim-an-Snamh; the Parsons – Achadh Tamhnuigh, Beal an Atha Moir and An Garbhos (those are three manors); Henry Casto – Maothail; Blundel the manor of Leitrim; Sir George St. George (by marriage) the liberties of Cara; Robert Park the manor of Baile Nua; Seon Mor Mag Raghnaill – Loch an Scuir, Leacaoin, and An Ghrainneach (those are three manors); as well as many other small divisions between Goill and Gaoidhil which are not reckoned here.

The 17th century heralded the virtual extinction of Gaelic civilization as a political entity in Ireland. English law (and manipulation) resulted in taking properties formerly held by ‘rebellious’ or ‘illegitimate’ Irish heirs, and giving them to English settlers or those faithful to the Crown. The Irish uprising of 1641 was followed in the 1650s by wholesale confiscation of remaining Irish Catholic lands. By the end of the century English and Protestant landownership was the rule, especially east of the Shannon.

By some accounts Eóghan óg Ó Ruairc, grandson of Tighernán bán, was the last recognized Chief of his name. In a tract in Celtica it mentions that Eóghan Óg of Dromahair (grandson of Tiernan Ban) and Aedh (Hugh) of Kilnagarn, Dromahair, great-grandson of Hugh Gallda (Tiernan Ban’s half-brother) were rivals for the title of Chief of the O Rourkes. The original tract was written in 1714, probably by Father Patrick O Curneen, poet and historian of the ORourkes. It was translated by Professor James Carney and published in 1950. In the same tract it mentions Eóghan Óg son of Eóghan Mór was judged to be Chief by the ollamháin of the Province of Connacht (Celtica, 1, 1950, page 266)


Chart of the Ó Ruairc Kings of Bréifne
Kings are noted with the approximate ending year of their reign (in brackets)

Fergal (967, Sen Fergal, King of Connacht)                                                          Aedh?
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Aedh (1014)                                                          Art an caileach (1031?)     Niall (1000)
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Art oirdnidhe (1046, Art uallach, King of Connacht)                   Donnchadh cael (1084)       Tighernán                             
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Aedh (1087, King of Connacht)     Donnchad dearg (1039)      Niall (1047)                        Cathal (1059)
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Domnall                                   Aedh an Gilla Braite (1066)           Ualgarg (1085)   Domnall (1078)
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Aedh (this line from Rawlinson)                                     Tighernán              Domnall 
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  Domnall (1102, King of Connacht)                                                        Donnchad 
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Fergal (1157)        Donnchad Gilla Bruide (1125)      Tighernán mór (1172)    Aedh (1123?)         Niall
  _|______________              _|_                           _|_                  _|_
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Amlaíb  Domnall (1207)      Aedh (1176)                  Máelsechlann          Cathal liath
(1184)    _|__                  _|_                           _|_                  _|___________________ 
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          Art (1210)        Donnchadh óg                  Aedh (1187)          Ualgarg (1231)   Domnall mhatail 
   ________|________            _|____                                  ____________|_                _|_
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Amlaíb (1258)   Art bec      Cathal riabach (1236)              Sitric (1257)     Aedh     Tighernán na corradh
  _|_____________ (1260)        _|___________                                      _|_                _|_
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Conchobar      Domnall                  Art (1275)                           Tighernán (1274)   Conchobar (1257)
buidhe (1273)  carrach (1311)               |__________                                               _|_                  
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  |                          |                      Amlaíb (1307)                               Domnall (1259)
Ualgarg mór (1346)    Flaithbhertach (1352)      
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Aedh bán (1352)    Tadhg na gCaor (1376)    Gilla Crist (1378)    Tighernán mór (1418)
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Art (1424)     Lochlann (1458)  Tighernán óg    Aedh buidhe (1419)    Tadhg (1435)        Donnchadh    Donnchadh
                  _|_            ____|___                    _____________|________       bacagh (1445)  losc
                   |                 |                       |                    |                     (1468)
                Eoghan          Donnchadh  (1449)       Tighernán óg (1468)     Domnall (1468)
   (O'Rourkes of Cloncorick)         |                       |                            
                             Feidhlimidh (1500)           Eóghan (1528)
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                             Feidhlimidh (1536)      Brian ballach mór (1562)
                           (O'Rourkes of Chartha)     Brian na múrtha (1591)
                                                    (O'Rourkes of Dromahair) 


The earliest portion of the above lineage is reflected in the 12th century Book of Leinster, that is, Ualgarg son of Niall son of Art son of Aedh son of Fergal. The full text suggests that a Tigernan was a son of Donnchad, son of Domnall, son of Ualgarg (above noted). This Tigernan would logically be Tighernán mór, who died in 1172, and this pedigree is also reflected in Francis Byrne’s work, Irish Kings and High Kings.

O’Clery’s 17th century Book of Genealogies, provides a full lineage from Fergal down to Brian na múrtha as follows: [m = "son of "]
Briain na murthadh m Briain ballaigh m Eoghain m Tighernain m Taidhg m Tigernain moir m Ualgairg m Domnaill m Amhlaibh m Airt m Domhnaill m Ferghail m Domnaill m Tigernain m Ualghairg m Neill m Aedha m Airt oirdnighe m Aedha m SenFerghail.

Note on O’Clery: O’Clery erroneously adds an extra Aedha to this pedigree (see strikethrough). Earlier in the same tract, O’Clery shows the same Ualgharg m Neill as a grandson of Airt oirdnighe. This error is also corroborated in the late 14th century Book of Ballymote, and in the 15th century An Leabhar Donn.

Notes on the Kings of Connacht:
The four Ua Ruaic kings of Connacht are noted in the Irish Annals; and in “A poem on the Kings of Connacht” (manuscript sources: MS. Rawlinson B 502 [facs. p. 165]; Z Celt Philol 9 (1913) 461–69). In the translated poem the four are cited as:

  • Fergal son of Ruarc from the Rige, who seized all the country round through battle-rage. (Note: Fergal was a grandson of Ruarc)
  • Art grandson of Ruarc of the royal seat; Art the Fair of the land of Codal. (Note: Art oirdinte, righ Connacht, son of Aedh)
  • Aed son of Art, seized on Sart of lasting valour. (Note: Aedh, righ Connacht, son of Art oirdinte)
  • Domnall son of Tigernan the Silent. (Note: Domnall, rige Conacht, son of Tigernan son of Ualgarg)

(the additional notes attached to the above kings of Connacht are taken from the genealogies of Ballymote, Leabhar Donn, and O’Clery)

Notes on Linea Antiqua and O’Harts Pedigrees:
Both O’Ferral and O’Hart confuse Tighernan, father of Domnall (the last O’Ruairc to be called king of Connacht), with Tighernan Mor who died in 1172. Tighernan Mor could not have had son who died in 1102 with the title of king of Connacht. Compared with earlier genealogies, O’Ferral and O’Hart also confuse Tadhg (son of Tighernán mór who died in 1418) with Tadhg na gCaor.

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“Look out for Satan’s hand!”

Immram Ua Corra (Voyage of the Uí Chorra), an immram or voyage tale dating from the 11th century. Conall Derg Ua Corra and his wife make a pact with the devil in order to secure an heir. Three boys are born on the same night. When they grow up they kill clerics and burn churches, but they repent and embark on a voyage of pilgrimage.

It goes, the prosperous farmer Conall Ua Corra in the province of Connaught had everything to make him happy except that he and his wife had no children to cheer their old age and inherit their estate. Conall had prayed for children, and one day said in his impatience that he would rather have them sent by Satan than not have them at all. A year or two later his wife had three sons at a birth, and when these sons came to maturity, they were so ridiculed by other young men, as being the sons of Satan, that they said, “If such is really our parentage, we will do Satan’s work.”

So they collected around them a few villains and began plundering and destroying the churches in the neighborhood and thus injuring half the church buildings in the country. At last they resolved to visit also the church of Clothar, to destroy it, and to kill if necessary their mother’s father, who was the leading layman of the parish. When they came to the church, they found the old man on the green in front of it, distributing meat and drink to his tenants and the people of the parish. Seeing this, they postponed their plans until after dark and in the meantime went home with their grandfather, to spend the night at his house.

They went to rest, and the eldest, Lochan, had a terrible dream in which he saw first the joys of heaven and then the terrors of future punishment, and then he awoke in dismay. Waking his brothers, he told them his dream, and that he now saw that they had been serving evil masters and making war upon a good one. Such was his bitterness of remorse that he converted them to his views, and they agreed to go to their grandfather in the morning, renounce their sinful ways and ask his pardon. This they did, and he advised them to go to a celebrated saint, Finnen of Clonard, and take him as their spiritual guide. Laying aside their armor and weapons, they went to Clonard, where all the people, dreading them and knowing their wickedness, fled for their lives, except the saint himself, who came forward to meet them. With him the three brothers undertook the most austere religious exercises, and after a year they came to St. Finnen and asked his punishment for their former crimes. “You cannot,” he said, “restore to life those you have slain, but you can at least restore the buildings you have devastated and ruined.” So they went and repaired many churches, after which they resolved to go on a pilgrimage upon the great Atlantic Ocean.

“Señor,” said an old woman, “our sons and our husbands have again fallen into the hand of Satan.” They were near an islet which the sailors called Isla de la Man Satanaxio, or The Island of Satan’s Hand. It appeared that in that region there was an islet so called, always surrounded by chilly mists and water of a deadly cold; that no one had ever reached it, as it constantly changed place; but that a demon hand sometimes uprose from it, and plucked away men and even whole boats, which, when once grasped, usually by night, were never seen again, but perished helplessly, victims of Satan’s Hand.

The extant narrative of Immram Curaig Ua Corra has been transmitted in several versions. The earliest version is that found in the Book of Fermoy, written in the fifteenth century. A second version, found only in manuscripts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, apparently derives from the Book of Lismore, another manuscript of the fifteenth century. A third version in a mixture of prose and verse also survives only in late manuscripts; the beginning of this is now lost and has been replaced in some manuscripts by a fragment of the version apparently deriving from the Book of Lismore. Structural and linguistic evidence suggests that all the versions of Immram Curaig Ua Corra derive from a composite narrative written some time after the mid-twelfth century.

Toirdhealbhach Ua Conchobhair (old spelling: Tairrdelbach Ua Conchobair) (1088–1156), anglicised Turlough Mór O’Connor / O’Conor, was King of Connacht (1106–1156) and High King of Ireland (ca. 1120–1156).


A historical and contextual reading of the voyage tale Immram Curaig Ua Corra.

Research on voyage tales in early Irish literature has earlier been centered on unveiling pagan beliefs and traditions beneath an imagined Christian surface. This tendency has rendered textual interpretation based on the voyage tales’ historical context somewhat unchartered territory. The aim of this thesis is, therefore, to read Immram Curaig Ua Corra first and foremostly as a child of its time. Certain signs within the tale as well as external mentions of it places it in the 12th century.

This is a century that proved particularly eventful for the locations mentioned in the text. The tale’s basic setting in the province of Connacht seem likely to be connected to the rise of Toirdelbach Ua Conchobair as king of the province and contender for high-kingship. These contentions resulted in friends and enemies not only outside Toirdelbach’s territory, but also in his most internal circles. One of the king’s contenders to the kingship of Connacht was his own son Ruadhrí, a son from a marriage with a lady from the south Connacht dynasty of Uí Fhiachrach Aidne. The many parallels between Aidnean legends and our voyage tale seem to suggest involvement from authors affiliated with this territory.

The extant tale does, however, seem to contain an inserted sequence in which St Findén of Clonard is portrayed as the main clerical hero, the ’foster-father of Ireland’ of the tale. This suggests that Clonard scribes used an earlier, lost, and possible Aidnean tale as basis for the creation of the extant voyage tale. It seems possible that it was composed in support of Clonard as a reaction to political and social changes which gave the Patrician church of Armagh unprecedented opportunities of influence, at the expense of the traditional monastic bastions.

The high-kingship struggles of the 12th century went on simultaneously with an extensive church reform which replaced the unique, Irish system of monastic units with a diocesan system in conformity with the Roman church. In this process, much power changed hands. Archdioceses were formed in accordance with secular politics – thanks to Toirdelbach Ua Conchobair’s efforts, Connacht got its own primatial see at Tuaim, an event that may explain the prominent role of this city in Immram Curaig Ua Corra.

A contextual reading does, however, also include the more spiritual ideals accompanying the winds of reform. The voyage tale champions the idea that no sin is too grave nor any human too depraved for change to be a realistic possibility. The protagonists of the tale, the three Uí Chorra brothers, goes to war against the Church on behalf of the Devil, whom they perceive as their lord. Their murderous and destructive conduct make the brothers infamous in all of Ireland. The extreme violence of the fictional brothers parallels the exceptionally violent Irish society in the centuries after the Viking wars, during which destruction of holy sites were not uncommon, neither by secular nor ecclesiastical agents. This provides an apt situation for the creation of a tale about diabolical warriors who, by divine providence and ecclesiastical compassion, realise they are fighting on the wrong side of a cosmic war.

Immram Curaig Ua Corra may demonstrate the Irish scribes’ use of re-defined ancient symbolism. One example of this is the tale’s employment of sun symbolism. The dying of the worldly sun gives rise to a sacred dawn, a theme found both in frame story and voyage part.

During the sea voyage of Uí Chorra’s boat the brothers and their additional six crewmembers are taken to islands and visions upon the waves which appear to be tableaus of theological ideas of the time as well as thoughts on the contemporary society. The voyage also shows us that after their rehabilitation, the brothers grow to fill important roles in the Church’s service.

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