Brian Rua was an ordinary man like any of his neighbours and he didn'tít always
have the gift of prophecy. On a windy day in 1648 he heard an old woman begging
her landlord for an extension of time to pay her rent. Have you anybody who
will go surety for you the landlord said "no" said the widow. I only have God.
I'd like to get someone else along with God the landlord said. Brian Rua never
needed money after that. He was blessed with the gift of prophecy. On his way
home he feel asleep and when he woke he found a jewel in the right sleeve of
his coat. The jewel revealed everything that was going to happen in Ireland
from that day until the end of the world. Padraig Mcmanaman says that Brian
Rua bought cattle from an O' Donnell man [who later became his son in-law].
When O' Donnell called for his money he was told it would come in from sea.
A short time later, a mastless ship with gold on board was driven onto the coast.
In 1678 there was a father in Kilcommon Parish. He told people at church not
to heed Brian's prophecies because he was mad. Later outside the church Brian
told the people that father Paul Higgens would be a minister of the Protestant
religion in four weeks . It happened as Brian Rua said. From that day onwards
,all Brian prophecies were believed. It would appear that Brian Rua prophecy
was based. He also prophesied that messages would be sent on the tops of poles
more quickly than hawk would fly from Dublin to Blacksod Bay. He also prophesied
that the last stone would never be laid on Bellacorick bridge.
(With thanks to Fr. Noone, 'Where the Sun Sets' and the Inver Community, 'The Lighthouse'.)
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