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The writings of Réamann O'Briain, Hugh Mc Gough,  Joseph Crisp II, Theodore Harvey, Otto von Habsburg and some others, who will be included later, helped to inspire the drafting of this page.



Justification for a Restoration of the Irish High Kingship in the Light and Example of the Bible, and other European Monarchies.

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It was foretold that the Chosen People would be ruled by kings.
It was perdicted that from the three great patiarchs, Abraham (Gen. 17:6) Isaac (Gen. 17:16) and Jacob (Gen. 35:10-11) would come forth kings.
Saul was the first king of the Chosen People, then David, followed by Solomon. Samuel was the last Judge.
May God be a father to our future Irish High Kings, and may they be loving, loyal, and obedient sons to Christ the King.
If any of them commit any iniquity, may God correct them with the rod of men and with the stripes of the children of men.
The judicial function of future Irish High Kings will be their primary justification.
The restored High Kingship of Ireland must be loyal and submissive to the Kingdom of God, who is Creator of all things, and also our Lord and Master.
The Kingdom of God is a very complex idea. Usually the term has one of three meanings:
1. the internal, invisible Kingdom;
2. the social and visible Kingdom;
3. or the final, triumphant Kingdom of God. 



(With grateful acknowledgement)

A recent conversation with a young Irish emigre struck a chord in me, and confirmed what I have recently been thinking, and am now prepared to advocate: The office of Ard-Ri (high king) of Ireland should be restored.

This young emigre was bemoaning the fact that Ireland (in contrast to Spain, where he had spent some time) lacked a sense of direction, and was thus unprepared to meet the future.

I was fascinated by the profundity of the remark, and went on to ask what might, if anything, account for the difference between modern Ireland and modern Spain. He begged to offer a possible explanation, the simplicity of which great astonished me: It was the singular word, "monarchy".

On the surface, one might be struck by the oddity of calling for the restoration of an office, vacant over a thousand years, and one that arose and existed in a quite different political and social milieu.

This brings up a correlated question: What about the timeliness of restoring an office that would truly benefit the Irish people and persons of Irish descent throughout the world? A lapse of a thousand years and a history potmarked with oppression on a grand scale, coupled with an office vacant for over a thousand years, all provide circumstances with which to recapture an Irish high-kingship strangely attuned to the needs of the time.

Little vignettes that have come down to us portray an Irish "monarchy" quite different from the characteristic idea of monarchy so repulsive to a people who have been its victims. Certain branches of the "royal families" of Ireland possessed a deep sympathy and comraderie with the plight of the Irish people.

What all this is meant to suggest is that the groundwork for a restored Ard-Ri, in service to the Irish people, may already be in place. Once again, the Ard Ri might be the focal point, the representative of the cultural pride and legacy of the Irish spirit.

On a more practical level, the Ard Ri could serve as the focal point for all "things" Irish; for example, Irish products, Irish tourism, not to mention the more illusive "things," such as Irish perspectives on the environment, on hospitality, on neutrality, before the world community.

All of the above could be represented in, and be spearheaded by the restoration of the office of high-king (Ard Ri). In its deepest sense, the re-established office of high-king could offer a direction for the Ireland of the future through full reconciliation with a long and noble and tragic past.

Perhaps the words of Ba'al Shem Tov succinctly capture the sense of import that a restored high-kingship could offer and embody for a modern Ireland: "Forgetfulness leads to exile, while remembrance is the secret of redemption."

The restoration of the office of Irish high kingship will be a very necessary and desirable continuity for successive national Irish governments, besides embodying the national character.
The vitality of constitutional government and the cultural identity of the Irish people will be highlighted and intensified when the Irish high kingship is restored.
It will also dramatically embody the identity and history of the Irish people in the present moment, before the entire world.
The restoration of the Irish high kingship is not merely a flight into an antiquarianism.
The office of Ard Ri will serve a unique role:
The "point-man" for cultural stewartship (Ireland's historical and artistic legacy) ;
Citizen advocacy - as Royal Umbudsman;
National strategic planning.
The restored royal office will be the spearhead for national focus on national priorities.
The prestige and influence of the royal office will be of vital service to the Irish nation, and to its people.
It will be a strong, inspiring, rallying centre for the Irish people at home, and for the sons and daughters (100 million of them) of Ireland's spiritual empire around the world. 


By Theodore Harvey (With his kind permission)

What is a paleomonarchist? Paleomonarchists are faithful to the original political framework of the French Revolutionary era, in which support for monarchy was one of the two fundamental issues (the other being religion) defining the Right, as opposed to the anti-royalist, anti-religious Left. Therefore they see their support for monarchy as an integral part of a counter-revolutionary rightist worldviewperhaps the most, but by no means the only, important political issue. They tend to be drawn to the most traditional and hierarchical forms of Christianity, particularly Eastern Orthodoxy or pre-Vatican II Roman Catholicism. Paleomonarchists tend to see todays constitutional monarchies as, at best, pathetic shadows of what they used to be or, at worst, window-dressing for socialist tyranny (as one such correspondent of mine put it). They are unimpressed with democracy and yearn for the restoration of traditional monarchies such as those of the Bourbons, Hapsburgs, and Romanovs. Paleomonarchists may be rather indifferent to contemporary royalty, and find it hard to admire ceremonial heads of state who appear to embrace or at least tolerate so much of what traditionalists detest (socialism, secularism, multiculturalism, relaxed moral standards, pop culture, etc.). They would like princes and princesses to adhere to the old standard of marrying only persons of equal rank, or at least not single mothers. They tend to be skeptical of the multicultural transformation (via mass immigration) of Europe and resent the apparent enthusiasm of royals such as Prince Charles for it. In stark contrast to neomonarchists, paleomonarchists reject much of modernity, and monarchism is only part of their desire to turn back the clock.

Note: More of Mr Harvey's writings will be found in the link Theodore's Royalty and Monarchy Page link on our home page.


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