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Statue to Dáithí O'Bruaidair
© Statue to Dáithí O'Bruaidair

Dáithí Ó Bruadair (1625 - 1698) is one of the famous sons of the parish. Although he was born in Co. Cork, the Fitzgeralds of County Limerick were his primary patrons and, therefore, he spent most of his time in the area. A statue, sculpted by Clíodna Cussen, has been erected to his memory in Broadford. According to the adjoining plaque, President Mary McAleese officially unveiled the statue on May 4th 1998.

Plaque at the entrance to Springfield Castle
© Plaque at the entrance to Springfield Castle

Dáithí Ó'Bruadair was one of the last professional poets, whose work recorded the events in the lives of a ruling family in Ireland. During Dáithí O'Bruadair's lifetime, Cuchonnacht O Dálaigh held a Bardic school in Tullaha. Students came from all over Ireland to learn poetry. The Bardic school survived until the death of Cúchonnacht Ó Dálaigh in 1642. O'Bruadair's work as a poet did not continue throughout his life, and it is thought that he ended his life as a farm labourer. A fine inscribed plaque by Cork sculptor, Seamus Murphy commemorating Dáithí's life, is set in the wall of the entrance to Springfield castle. The plaque includes the following quote from Ó Bruadair "Dúnadh duanach duasach dreamach" which means "a mansion abounding in poetry, rewards and crowds of people". "Dúnadh" also means 'fortress like' and was important in the uncertain times that Dáithí Ó Bruadair lived in.

Bishop Douley was consecrated in Dromcollogher/Broadford, in the townland of Farrihy, on May 4th 1676. The consecration took place at White Gate, near Springfield castle.

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