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The Pretani Education Programme – The Rock of Doon.

17/08/18

The Rock of Doon was the inauguration stone of the O’Donnell family, kings, princes and lords of Tir Conall (Clan Conall), whose eponymous ancestor was Conall Gulban. Traditionally Conall was said to be a son of Niall of the Nine Hostages and belonged to a Gaelic clan. It is now known this is not actually […]

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The Pretani Education Programme – The Kingdom of the North.

15/08/18

The Stone Fort of the Grianan of Ailech in Inishowen, Donegal, was built on a much earlier site. The earthen banks surrounding it probably represent the defences of a hill fort of the Pretanic period. This hill fort is one of only 5 sites in Ireland marked on Ptolemy¹s map of the known world. From the 5th to 12th […]

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The Pretani Education Programme – The Gaelic Tradition

13/08/18

Written Gaelic is first attested in Ogham inscriptions from the fourth century AD, as shown in this replica from Inishowen. This stage of Primitive Gaelic transitioned into Old Gaelic through the fifth and sixth centuries, absorbing Pretanic and Brittonic influences. By the tenth century, Old Gaelic had evolved into Middle Gaelic, which was spoken throughout […]

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The Pretani Education Programme – The Donegal Gaeltacht.

10/08/18

Pretani Associates have now travelled throughout the Donegal Gaeltacht conversing with native speakers. Ulster Gaelic (Gaeilic, Gaedhlig or Gaidhlig Uladh) occupies a central position in the Gaelic-speaking world, consisting of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is usually divided up into West Ulster Gaelic as outlined in this map, where it is still […]

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The Pretani Education Programme – Ranafast

08/08/18

Pretani Associates are in Ranafast in Donegal, where the West Ulster Gaelic (Gaeilic or Gaedhlig) is still spoken as an everyday language. Dr Adamson presented his new book on Bran, Son of Febal to his friends there. Ranafast was the home of the writers Seosamh O Grianna and his brother Seamus, who joined the Language […]

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The Pretani Education Programme – Venniconia (Donegal)

03/08/18

Pretani Associates are presently taking part in another study tour of Donegal. The modern name of this county means the Fort of the Foreigner but it was once known as Tir Conall, the Land of Conall. Conall was said to be a descendant of Niall of the Nine Hostages, but this is now known to […]

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Pretani Associates attend Victoria Cross Plaque Commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery.

02/08/18

In commemoration of the Centenary of the foundation of the RAF, Pretani Associates were honoured on 27 July, 2018 to attend the Unveiling of a Victoria Cross Commemorative Plaque to Major Edward “Mick” Mannock VC, DSO & 2 Bars, MC & 2 Bars, on the invitation of Mr Paul Kehoe, TD, Irish Minister of Defence. […]

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The Pretani Education Programme – The British Middle Kingdoms

27/07/18

Dr Adamson has outlined the history of these Kingdoms on his blog at www.ianadamson.net but Pretani Associates emphasise them in educational visits. Last week we were in the country of Ptolemy’s Votadini, which became one of the kingdoms.The Votadini, also known as the Wotādīni, Votādīni or Otadini, were a Brittonic-speaking people, known to themselves as Y […]

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The Pretani Education Programme – Arthur’s Seat

25/07/18

Last week Pretani Associates visited Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh (originally  named Din Eidyn in Old British or Brittonic). It is sometimes said that the name Arthur’s Seat is derived from legends pertaining to King Arthur , such as the reference in Y Gododdin ., the Brittonic name for Ptolemy’s Votadini, as this was one of the British Middle Kingdoms […]

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The Pretani Education Programme – Centre for Irish Studies, St Paul, Minnesota, USA

23/07/18

Euan Kerr takes Dr Adamson’s book, A Voyage to the Immortal Isles, The Voyage of Bran, Son of Febal, for presentation to the Centre for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota. This Centre  was founded in 1996 to advance teaching and scholarship in Irish studies. Dr Adamson had given […]

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The Pretani Education Programme – The Peronne Museums

20/07/18

Péronne is close to where the 1916, first 1918 and second 1918 Battles of the Somme took place during the First World War. The Museum of the Great War is located in the château.The Musée Alfred Danicourt  was founded in the Hôtel-de-ville  in 1877 as a cultural beacon of the Somme but was pillaged by the Germans during the […]

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Pretani Associates at the Somme, July 2018.

18/07/18

Dr Ian Adamson OBE, Vice President of the Somme Association, was proud to attend the Ulster Tower in Thiepval, France this month. The beautiful Memorial was based on Helen’s Tower, in Dr Adamson’s native village of Conlig, in view of Clandeboye Camp, where the 36th (Ulster) Division had trained. Dr Adamson was responsible for its […]

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Pretani Associates at the Somme

16/07/18

In a photo by Sgt Janine Fabre of AHQ, Dr Ian Adamson, OBE, Vice President of the Somme Association, stands in tribute with soldiers of the Australian Army at Thiepval Memorial, France. His two grandmothers’ cousin William Sloan was killed on 1st July, 1916 and has no known grave. He is commemorated with his comrades […]

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Pretani Associates – The National Day of Commemoration of the Republic of Ireland.

10/07/18

On the invitation of the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Dr Ian Adamson OBE and Robert Williamson, Chairman of Dalaradia, attended this Service on Collins Barracks, Dublin on Sunday, 8th July, 2018. They met their old friends President Michael and Mrs Sabina Higgins. Dr Adamson presented a copy of his book, A Journey to the Immortal […]

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The Pretani Education Programme (PEP) – The Democrats and Veterans Party (DVP)

09/07/18

On 7th July, 2018, Pretani Associates met the Leadership Team of the new UK Party, the Democrats and Veterans, whose political philosophy is based on Direct Democracy. The first visit of their tour of the whole United Kingdom was held in the Reach Office in East Belfast, meeting local politicians, community activists, former soldiers and […]

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The Pretani Education Programme (PEP) – Down Capacity Building Initiative.

06/07/18

On 5th July, 2018, Dr Ian Adamson OBE presented his book A Journey to the Immortal Isles The Voyage of Bran, Son of Febal to the Down Capacity Building Initiative and the Dal Fiatach Cultural and Historical Society. The DCBI is based in Castle Square, Bangor, County Down, in the extensive grounds of the monastery […]

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The Pretani Education Programme – Why are they called the British Isles?

04/07/18

Between 330 and 300 BC the Greek geographer and voyager Pytheas, in his Concerning the ocean, gave us the earliest reference to the British Isles, calling them the Isles of the Pretani (Pretanikai nesoi),  probably an indigenous name, the meaning of which we will never know. The name of the island of Islay is of […]

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The Pretani Education Programme (PEP) – The First Battle of the Somme.

03/07/18

In 57 BC the Roman general Julius Caesar invaded Europe and decimated the Belgae people at the First Battle of the Somme. The Romans had developed concrete, and built straight roads, which allowed the rapid development of their Empire.The Old Roman Road still exists from Bapaume to Albert in France and was to become the […]

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Pretani Associates at the Somme, 1st July 2018.

02/07/18

As founding Chairman and present Vice Chairman of the Somme Association, Dr Ian Adamson met old friends and trusted colleagues. Pretani Associates presented copies of his book, A Journey to the Immortal Isles, and the Common Identity booklet to Didier Samain, Mayor of Guillemont, Andrew MacKinlay, Baron Paul Murphy, former Secretary of State for Northern […]

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A Journey to the Immortal Isles, The Voyage of Bran, Son of Febal

28/06/18

Dr Ian Adamson OBE presents his books, A Journey to the Immortal Isles, The Voyage of Bran, Son of Febal and Dalaradia, Kingdom of the Cruthin, to Alistair Todd, Private Secretary to HRH Prince Richard , Duke of Gloucester, whose son Alexander is the Earl of Ulster. Pretani Associates were delighted to sponsor Dr Adamson’s […]

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Pretani Associates at the Guildhall in London

27/06/18

Pretani Associates at the Guildhall in London

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St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group – Fundraiser

26/06/18

Pretani Associates were honoured to attend a Fund Raising event for the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group today. This important Group is a charitable foundation which operates an ophthalmic hospital in Jerusalem and satellite eye care clinics and hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It is a wholly owned corporate subsidiary […]

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A Journey to the Immortal Isles Launch – Barron Hall, Newtownabbey

15/06/18

The next launch of Dr Ian Adamson’s book A Journey to the Immortal Isles, The Voyage of Bran, Son of Febal was held in the Barron Hall, Newtownabbey on Thursday 14th June 2018. The presentation was made to the members of the the historic inter community group in the heart of Glengormley. Dr Adamson spoke of […]

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Dalaradia Mural Unveiling Rathcoole

13/06/18

Pretani Associates were honoured to attend the unveiling of this truly historic mural in Rathcoole on Tuesday 12th June 2018. It is a significant mural depicting the Ancient and Medieval Kingdom of Dalaradia at its fullest extent, compromising the Modern County of Antrim and parts of County Down. Dalaradia was a Pretani or Ancient British […]

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A Journey to the Immortal Isles, The Voyage of Bran, Son of Febal.

12/06/18

As part of the Pretani Education Programme, Pretani Associates continued their Launch series of Dr Adamson’s book in the Whitehill Estate, Bangor, close to the site of the mediaeval monastery. They were hosted by the Pride of Whitehill Band. Music was an important part of the life of the monastery and the continuation of that […]

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A Journey to the Immortal Isles Launch – Dalaradia Historical Group

11/06/18

On Thursday 7th June, 2018, Pretani Associates had the pleasure of a second Launch of Dr Ian Adamson’s new book, A Journey to the Immortal Isles, Immram Brain maic Febail – the Voyage of Bran, Son of Febal. This was organised by the Dalaradia Historical Group, of which Dr Adamson is Patron, as part of […]

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A Journey to the Immortal Isles, Immram Brain maic Febail

29/05/18

This latest book by Dr Ian Adamson, A Journey to the Immortal Isles, Immram Brain maic Febail – the Voyage of Bran, Son of Febal was launched by Councillor Robert Adair, Mayor of Ards and North Down on Tuesday, 29th May, 2018, in Bangor Castle, near to where the story was first written. In attendance […]

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Offering Hope In Tumultuous Times…

20/06/17

Pretani Associates Paris Ironically, it’s easy enough to think of things which are equally beloved by the whole community in Northern Ireland: Comber spuds dripping with butter, Tayto Cheese ‘n’ Onion crisps and the creamy pint of Guinness, to name but a few… So why is it that people in Northern Ireland simply can’t stomach […]

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New Community Perspectives on Northern Ireland

29/03/17

Pretani Associates and Dalaradia Historical Group to speak at Sorbonne University in Paris on Common Identity. Pretani.co.uk Dalaradia.co.uk Pretani Associates, Helen Brooker and Dr Ian Adamson will be discussing their work on Common Identity – A new way forward for Northern Ireland The Chair of the Dalaradia Historical group will be discussing their work promoting common culture […]

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Pretani Associates Ltd Common Identity Booklet

09/01/17

Is there an understanding?  The cause of tension is often a much more deep-rooted problem that can be thousands of years old. Common Identity Booklet now available in a digital version click  here  

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Pretani Associates attend Final Centenary Commemorations of the Battle of the Somme.

20/12/16

Battle of the Somme Commemoration, Dublin Pretani Associates were delighted to attend the screening of the film, The Battle of the Somme, which marked the centenary of the end of the Battle. This film was an extraordinary and unique documentary produced by the Imperial War Museum. The event took place in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, […]

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The Common Identity Tree is not just for Christmas, it’s for life…

19/12/16

Pretani Associates would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2017 – A year for new thinking…

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Presidential Visit to Dalaradia at St John’s Church, Donegore

02/11/16

Pretani Associates supported and assisted the Dalaradia organisation during the visit to St John’s Parish Church Donegore by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, on Thursday 27th October 2016. His Excellency viewed the grave of the great Ulster poet, Sir Samuel Ferguson. He then travelled a short distance up Donegore Hill to the studio […]

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Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester…

13/10/16

Pretani Associates were delighted to support the Dalaradia organisation in their production of a book of memorabilia of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester visit to Belfast on the 21st April 1941. This book was presented to HRH Prince Richard Duke of Gloucester at Kensington Palace on the 75th Anniversary of the […]

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BE BITTER, OR BE BETTER…

28/09/16

A new strategy which offers Northern Ireland a way forward out of the current sectarian stymie is launched today by its co-authors Mrs Helen Brooker and Dr Ian Adamson OBE. Focusing on Common Identity, the Pretani Associates’ project, which has been developed over the last four years, uses the early history of these islands as […]

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Skara Brae – An ancient Pretanic settlement

30/06/16

Skara Brae is an ancient human settlement found on the largest island within the Orkneys,Scotland. It was built in 3100 BC and is therefore older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids. These photographs were taken by our Pretani Associates Researcher following a recent visit to the island in June 2016.

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Eddie Irvine’s Formula Ford Car

07/05/16

Eddie Irvine’s Formula Ford Car

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Pretani Associates attend Burns Night Supper Event

21/01/16

Pretani Associates attend Burns Night Supper Event

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Intercommunity Columbanus Event

22/11/15

Columbanus College and Dundonald High School provide the music at the event. Names from left to right. Alastair Seeley, Jeremy McWilliams, Dr Ian Adamson OBE, Thomas Fagen, Eddie Irvine Dr Ian Adamson OBE, Eddie Irvine

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The Annual Daniel O’Connell Lecture

17/05/15

Minister for Diaspora Affairs Presents The Annual Daniel O’Connell Lecture ‘The relationship between Daniel O’Connell and the Duke of Wellington’. Sunday 17th May 2015. Glasnevin Cemetery.

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Plain Scots Bible Volumes 1 & 3

28/11/14

The Ullans Academy publish the Plain Scots Bible Volumes 1 & 3 thanks to funding from the Ulster Scots Academy.

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Boyne Valley Area

28/03/14

The Dalaradia group organized an inter-community trip to the Boyne Valley area in the Republic of Ireland to visit Newgrange, County Meath, Republic of Ireland. Newgrange Monument The group also visited the Battle of the Boyne Visitors Centre, near the River Boyne, Republic of Ireland. Boyne Visitor Centre

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The Ullans Academy Historic Inter-Community Event

23/11/13

The Ullans Academy, a community based group from Belfast, host an historic inter-community event in the Great Hall in Belfast City Hall on 23rd November 2013. Helen Brooker as Chair 2013 was delighted when over 300 guests attended and Dr Ian Adamson OBE, President of the Ullans Academy and the President of Ireland, Michael D […]

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Dalriada Kingdom

28/09/13

The Dalaradia group visit the Dalriada Kingdom where they were able to see the Dunnad Coronation Stone, mid Argyll, Scotland. Dunnad Coronation Stone Dumbarton Castle Another visit by the group was to Dumbarton Castle, west Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Dumbarton

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Dalaradia Coronation Stone and ‘Stone Chair’

28/02/13

The Dalaradia group, a community-based group in southeast Antrim. was established in early 2013, One of their key objectives is to ensure the preservation of the Dalaradia Coronation Stone and ‘Stone Chair’ at Crew Hill, Glenavy, Northern Ireland for the benefit of the community and for future generations. Crew Hill Coronation Stone, Glenavy, Northern Ireland […]

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Queen at Islandbridge

18/05/11

On Wednesday 18 May 2010, as Chairman of the Somme Association Dr Ian Adamson OBE was in Dublin as a guest of the Government of the Republic of Ireland, where he was presented to the Queen by President Mary McAleese.. Both unionist and nationalist politicians from Northern Ireland were among those present when The Queen […]

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Duke of Gloucester, President of the Somme Association at Gallipoli

23/03/10

Dr Ian Adamson OBE with Prince Richard , Duke of Gloucester, President of the Somme Association at Gallipoli 23rd March 2010 to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Dardanelles campaign.

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Old Belmont School Preservation Trust

01/09/04

The Old Belmont School Preservation Trust (OBSPT) was a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It was established in November 1999, with founding Chair Helen Brooker. The main aim was to ensure the preservation of the former Belmont Primary School, a landmark building in east Belfast, for the benefit of the community and […]

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