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Red Hand of Ulster

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In an ancient expedition to Ireland, it was given out that whoever first touched the shore should possess the territory which he touched; OʹNeill, seeing another boat likely to outstrip his own, cut off his left hand and threw it on the coast. From this OʹNeill the princes of Ulster were descended, and the motto of the OʹNeills is to this dayLamh dearg Eirin” (red hand of Erin). (See Hand.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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