2/29/2008

An Irish monk may have discovered America

Did you know the Irishman, St. Brendan, really discovered America Did you know an Irish Monk may actually have discovered America years before the Leif Erickson or Christopher Columbus. It is true. In 583 AD, St. Brendan used a boat fashioned from an ash framework and tanned hides treated with pitch to sail across the North Atlantic Ocean. The boat was called a currach and this type of vessel is still used on Ireland’s west coat. St. Brendan documented his voyage with a manuscript describing his visits to many islands in search of the ‘Promised Land’ that is still in publication today. Christopher Columbus visited Ireland a few years before his famous voyage to read the St. Brendan Manuscript. In 1976 Tim Severin built a currach and using a stepping stone path across the North Atlantic, he stopped at the Aran Islands, Hebrides, Faroes and even Iceland to prove the small, but durable currach was capable of making the trip. That’s the story. May the worst thing in your day be a blessing and drink with care this St. Patrick’s day. Remember you cannot drink all day, unless you start in the morning. William Russeth Author “Fires of Belenus” Wings ePress, www.wings-press.com Check out my website for excerpts and info. http://mysite.verizon.net/resr5omo/whrhomepage
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