The passing of Lady Margaret Paviour, 87, after a life of song and service

This is Margaret Paviour, a member of our Court, wife of Paul Paviour. She passed away on 5 October. May she rest in Peace.

She will be missed by many. Margaret was a well loved person in Goulburn.

Margaret PaviourMargaret Paviour

We are deeply sorry about the loss of our dear Baroness Lady Margaret Paviour, the lovely wife of our wonderful composer Baron Lord Paul Paviour.
Lady Margaret was a real compassionate blessing in Lord Paul’s successful life full of exceptional and beautiful music. May her soul rest in peace.

Irish Court system’s current perspective on Brehon law


This is the current perception and perspective of the Irish Court system on what happened in the past.
We will be posting soon material from the Irish oral tradition.

History of the law from 1691 to the present

Prior to English rule, Ireland had its own indigenous system of law dating from Celtic times, which survived until the 17th century when it was finally supplanted by the English common law. This native system of law, known as the Brehon law, developed from customs which had been passed on orally from one generation to the next. In the 7th century AD the laws were written down for the first time. Brehon law was administered by Brehons (or brithem). They were the successors to Celtic druids and while similar to judges; their role was closer to that of an arbitrator. Their task was to preserve and interpret the law rather than to expand it.

In many respects Brehon law was quite progressive. It recognised divorce and equal rights between the genders and also showed concern for the environment. In criminal law, offences and penalties were defined in great detail. Restitution rather than punishment was prescribed for wrongdoing. Cases of homicide or bodily injury were punishable by means of the eric fine, the exact amount determined by a scale. Capital punishment was not among the range of penalties available to the Brehons. The absence of either a court system or a police force suggests that people had strong respect for the law.

The first encroachment on Brehon law came in 1155, when Pope Adrian IV issued the Bull Laudabiliter endorsing King Henry II’s plan to conquer Ireland. This was followed by the Anglo-Norman invasion led by the Earl of Pembroke, Richard de Clare (Strongbow) in 1169. In 1171 King Henry II held a Council (known as the Curia Regis or King’s Council) at Waterford. It declared that “the laws of England were by all freely received and confirmed.” This declaration was more aspirational than realistic. English law was initially applied in most of the province of Leinster, where Henry II had granted feudal land rights to Strongbow. In 1172 Henry appointed Hugh de Lacy as the first Justiciar of Ireland (the king’s representative).

In 1204 King John authorised the issuing of writs, essentially directing the Irish courts to apply the common law. In 1226 King Henry III ordered the Justiciar to adhere to the laws and customs of England. A year later, a Register of Writs, containing copies of all the writs issued by the English courts, was sent to Dublin. The first recorded appointment of an Anglo-Norman judge came in 1221. English law declined in influence during the 14th and 15th centuries, during which time the Normans, through inter-marriage with the native Irish, were said to have become ‘more Irish than the Irish themselves.’

England sought to re-assert the supremacy of its Parliament and of English law over any Irish Parliament or Irish legislation by enacting the Statutes of Kilkenny in 1366. This was followed by the enactment of two statutes at a Parliament held in Drogheda in 1494, together known as Poyning’s Law, which provided that the King’s Privy Council must give prior assent to the assembly of an Irish Parliament and to the introduction of any specific legislation in the Irish Parliament, and that all laws passed in England applied to Ireland. Despite this, by 1500 English law was confined to an area known as the Pale, made up of Dublin and the east coast. Beyond the Pale, Brehon law continued to be applied.

It was not until the reign of King Henry VIII in the mid-16th century that English law extended further. He implemented a scheme of ‘surrender and re-grant’ of the land held by native noble families, which brought them within the feudal system of land tenure. Moreover, the King’s break with the Roman Catholic Church led to the dissolution of the monasteries and the re-distribution of church land. English law gained a further foothold following the ‘Flight of the Earls’ from Ulster in 1607 and the consequent Plantation which saw the land being granted to Scottish and English settlers. The Flight of the Earls had an added significance in that it removed the Brehons’ remaining source of patronage.

In the cases of Gavelkind (1605) Dav. 49 and Tanistry (1607) Dav. 28, the courts in Ireland rejected the Brehon rules of succession in favour of the English law of succession. In the latter case, the court, applying the rule of recognition, held that the native laws of a country survived if they were reasonable, certain, of immemorial usage and compatible with crown sovereignty. The court held that the native law failed to meet these requirements. The end of the Brehon Law’s authority was signalled by the Proclamation of King James I in 1603, which received the Irish people into the King’s protection. The country was subsequently divided into counties and English law was administered throughout the country.


Education page is open

Couple of things quickly before the actual topic…

As many important events have gone by without proper mention of them in the news here, we will gather our material and share them with you in the near future. Some of the events are posted on our Facebook page. It’s worth liking and following.

Among many events I referred to, the most worth mentioning is the official assembly of the Royal Court in the actual land of Breifne first time since the early seventeenth century.

Out of consequent meetings, Prince martin got inspired to share the story of Breifne and started the Education section on this web site.

If you haven’t yet watched all of the 4 first videos he has created, you might want to do that now.

Lord Eero, Count of Breifne and Chief Technology & Communications officer of the Royal Court of Breifne

Washington Business Journal on Lady Marina


Visit to the Royal Court of Breifne by Countess Marina

Visit to the Royal Court of Breifne by Countess Marina

HH Prince Martin and HH Princess Ingrid

Life here has been even more busy than usual. As many will be aware the novels described on the ‘Literature’ page are to be televised and the musical score has been written by Baron Paul Paviour who lives quite near us. Princess Ingrid is also an accomplished musician and has been preparing for a solo piano recital. It had been planned that, to give Her Highness a few breaks, Lord Paul would play a selection of his own compositions for the TV series. This would be the world premier public performance of this work. Some senior members of the Court had planned to be here for the concert.

Due to several factors, including some sickness and some surgery, Lady Marina came alone and had to cut short her stay to a weekend. By anyone’s standard a return flight from Los Angeles to Sydney followed by a drive to our home in rural NSW (where the Royal Court is in Australia) for a weekend is nothing short of heroic. This extraordinary feat by Lady Marina is typical of her dedication to the Court in general and to us in particular. We both sincerely appreciate this and everything Lady Marina has done and continues to do.

The concert was an amazing experience and both Princess Ingrid and Baron Paul received many ovations. Countess Marina, who spoke briefly to the audience, was also well received especially for the effort of this visit. Many were rather thrilled to ‘rub shoulders’ with a Hollywood producer. The concert was in the Paul Paviour Room at the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium of Music. The Baron, now retired (several times) was the foundation director of the conservatorium.

As a mark of appreciation for the magnificent work that Lady Marina has done and continues to do we took advantage of her stay at our home to elevate her from Baroness to Countess and to elevate her daughter Strouchan to Baroness and to assist her in her work. We offer you, Countess Marina and Baroness Strouchan, our sincere congratulations on your elevation and thank you for your love, service and loyalty.

Much of the concert has been recorded and when we can make the necessary arrangements some will be added to the Court website.

Downton Abbey meets the Southern Tablelands

Lord Martin, Prince of Breifne, Lady Ingrid, Princess of Breifne, Lady Marina, Countess of Breifne and Lord Paul, Baron of Breifne featured in Canberra Times article “Downton Abbey meets the Southern Tablelands” Saturday October 25th 2014

Lord Martin, Prince of Breifne, Lady Ingrid, Princess of Breifne, Lady Marina, Countess of Breifne and Lord Paul, Baron of Breifne featured in Canberra Times article "Downton Abbey meets the Southern Tablelands" Saturday October 25th 2014

Downton Abbey meets the Southern Tablelands

A touch of Hollywood in Goulburn

Lord Martin, Prince of Breifne, Lady Ingrid, Princess of Breifne, Lady Marina, Countess of Breifne and Lord Paul, Baron of Breifne featured in Goulburn Post article “Touch of Hollywood in Goulburn” Friday October 24th 2014

Touch of Hollywood in Goulburn

Touch of Hollywood in Goulburn


Lady Monica Amann, until now known as Countess Monica of Breifne, is from the date below elevated to the noble rank of MARQUIS.  The male form of this style, rather than the female, is quite deliberate and designed to emphasize the esteem in which Lady Monica is held.  The precedent for this is Ann Boleyn elevated to Marquis by King Henry VIII.

In the time that she has worked as Lady Chamberlain in the Royal Court of Breifne she has been dedicated and loyal in every respect and responds instantly to any request of command.  Her position as Chamberlain is basically that of manager of all our affairs and as such she is, for all practical purposes head of the court.  We can safely leave such matters in her capable hands as she works diligently and constantly keeps us up to date with what is happening.  Lady Monica will do well at any task to which she sets her sights.


Prince and Princess of Breifne at the Music Teachers Association of NSW Centenary 1912 – 2012 – Parliament House, Sydney

Article: The Music Teachers Association of NSW Centenary 1912 – 2012

Lord Martin and Lady Ingrid in The Parliament House, Sydney

Lord Martin and Lady Ingrid of Breifne in The Parliament House, Sydney

For publication by Lord Martin of Breifne in

              The Inaugural President                                               The Current President

Friday, 13th July, 2012 was a day of celebration. Together with Lady Ingrid I was fortunate to attend the Centenary Luncheon of the Music Teachers Association of NSW (Australia) in the magnificent setting of the dining room of Parliament House, Sydney. The Association, until 1979 The Musical Association of NSW, celebrated 100 years of achievement. Apart from the change of name, there have been many changes in that time, including allowing ladies to hold office, formerly an absolute ‘NO’. Apart from keeping up with the times and acknowledging the principles of equity, this particular advancement has given the association the benefit of several very competent ladies, including the current president Dr Rita Crews.

At the time of it’s inception there was, in Australia, very little regulation of music, either in terms of education, qualification or support networks in this fledgling country that had become federated as a nation a mere eleven years previously. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, now part of the University of Sydney, came into being a little later due, in no small part, to the efforts of the then Musical Association of NSW. It was only later that a formalised system of examinations and qualifications was established.

Lady Ingrid is a music teacher, operating from a private studio in a country town in regional NSW. Much of her support network comes from her membership in the Music Teachers Association and her attendance at workshops designed to support such teachers. She goes away, often for a few days at a time, and comes home enthused by what she has experienced and eager to take this to her students who range in ages from pre-school to 80 plus! Without such support our teachers of music would be hard pressed to maintain professional standards, let alone to advance their knowledge and abilities.

In her Presidential Address at the Centenary Lunch, Dr Crews dropped many pearls of wisdom for the edification of the audience. There were, of course, many people to thank and to acknowledge. However, one simple statement hit me at the time and has stayed with me ever since, a statement that reminds me of the real meaning of the word ‘education’ in its truly etiological context. The image that springs to mind is of a tiny rose bud. This bud is nurtured with nutrients, water, sunlight and massive doses of tender loving care. Every effort is made to provide the best possible environment for this little bud to reach its full potential. Eventually, all else being equal, this bud will bloom into a mass of beautiful petals offering the observer a bust of the most amazing fragrance – the true potential of that rose.

Much emphasis is placed on performance, of rank order and who can boast the best, the most and the highest! This applies to every walk of life from the high levels of academia to workers in every industry to children at school. Let me quote Dr Crews from her address. “ . . . So what can you do for this association – and conversely, what can this association do for you, its members? For all studio teachers? It’s not about how many student referrals you get; it’s not about how many trophies your students win at Junior Music Festivals or how well they do in exams, it’s not about whether you have more students than the next teacher… it’s about your own self esteem, your professionalism, your own confidence . . . your training …” In other words it is about how the teacher can educate the students to facilitate the growth of that student from bud to full bloom, to reach his or her potential!

This demonstrates a clear shift from the dominant focus of achievement – over and above that of others, and into a focus of caring for the individual for the benefit of that individual. We sometimes need a reminder that the students of today are the teachers and performers, and dare I say the Beethovens, Mozarts and Bachs, of tomorrow! This day of celebration has been such a reminder for me.

As part of the celebrations Dr Rita Crews, together with one of the previous presidents, Julie Spithill, produced a book which can be described as nothing short of a gem! This book, “100 Years – Music teachers’ Association of NSW – 1912 – 2012, published by Wirripang (another success story about music publishing for musicians) is an illustrated record of those 100 years. Many examples are given of achievements throughout the century. There are examples of many documents and lots of photographs. Comparisons and contrasts are drawn between 1912 and 2012. This is a book that will long be used as a reference for what has been and, therefore, why we are and where we are today! It is also a great souvenir of a most enjoyable day!

As a lover of music and one whose life is always coloured by music I offer my sincere thanks to everyone involved in the celebrations the production of the Book by Rita and Julie, by Brennan and Anne Keats of Wirripang and to Mr Mark Coure Member of the Parliament of NSW who hosted the event.

To all members of the Royal Court of Breifne, both Lady Ingrid and I wish to bring to your attention the value of organisations such as the Music Teachers’ Association and remember our duty as royal and nobles to show our support in any way we can. The work they do parallels the aims of the Court and the values we hold dear.

Information about the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW can be obtained from and

The book “100 Years – Music Teachers’ Association of NSW – 1912 – 2012 can be obtained from

Lord Martin O’Reilly

Prince of the House of Breifne

NEXT PAGE: Profiles of the authors (Rita Crews and Julie Spithill) of “100 Years – Music Teachers’ Association of NSW –

1912 – 2012”

Reproductions from this book and citations from Dr Crews’ speech at the centenary lunch are included cum permissu.


Interview of the Prince of Breifne

Lord Martin O’Reilly, Prince of the House of Breifne: “ Where Democracy and Monarchy can
Truly Work Hand in Hand and Where the Common
Good is the Common Goal,
There is a Higher Probability of Success”


Lord Martin O’Reilly was born at the end of World War II. His father Hugh had left Ireland just prior to the outbreak of war, heading for New Zealand. His plans were thwarted by the outbreak of war and he met Martin’s mother Doris, and married her in 1940. The family lived in an oasis of Irish abroad. Hugh was from Cavan, that small area that has been the home of Breifne O’Reilly for millennia. Martin was educated in a number of Catholic schools and later by the Jesuits. He was educated in Eng-
land, Ireland and Spain and at a higher level this continued in Australia.

Now retired, Lord Martin lives with his wife Lady Ingrid on a property in rural New South Wales (Australia).

Having lived a very busy and intellectually stimulating life, Lord Martin found that retirement was leading to some hibernation of his brain. He began writing as an exercise in mental gymnastics. Initially, and with no plans to publish, he began writing about childhood memories, focusing mostly on the places that gave rise to the story. The places in the stories are all ficti-
tious, but have been created by combining those places from childhood and young adulthood.The characters are all totally fictitious, although some idiosyncrasies may reflect some friends and relatives of the author. There may even be a few traces of the author himself!
While Lord Martin has published in his professional life, the trilogy ‘The Umbria Collection’is his first attempt at fiction. He found he had too much to say for one novel and created a series of three. He is a senior member of the noble / royal family O’Reilly of Breifne (Breifne Ua Raighaillaigh) of the Royal Court of Breifne and is an approved member of several royal / noble courts around the world. The function of the Royal Court of Breifne, as with the novels, is to demonstrate that not only the ancient family has survived but that they have much to offer society. The ancient legal system (Brehon) that governed the Celtic world prior to Christianity provided a magnificent system of true democracy. While Lord Martin has no ambition of working to reinstate this ancient system he does believe that much can be learned from days past.

Interviewed By: Ghada Osta
Q: Are you a citizen of Ireland, England or
Actually, Ghada, I am a citizen of all three. Ire-
land by blood.
I am a citizen of England because I was born
there and in honour of my mother and her
family, I also received much of my education
I chose to migrate to Australia when I was in
my thirties. The reasons are complex and not
related to terrorism, but that is another story.
After five years I returned to Ireland for a visit
and on my return accepted Australian citizenship.
Q: How do you assess the current regimes in
the world?
What are your views about: Communism,
Democracy, Constitutional Monarchy, Socialism?
You are very good at your job, Ghada. You
gain much information from questions with very
few words! I feel very frustrated at the moment as I
look around the world, including here in
Australia. The notion of democracy is magnifi-
cent. Anyone with any knowledge of the Ancient

Brehon law that governed Ireland prior to St Pat-
rick knows that this is a wonderful example of what
can be achieved. The present system of democracy
where many politicians have great ideas of how to
improve what is happening with an eye on what
is equitable are constantly frustrated by the need
to please voters and to fit in with colleagues. We
have seen that here in Australia recently where the
elected Prime Minister was forced from office by
a loud voice that rejected the need to focus on the
dangers that face our planet from the miss-use it has
received from human kind. We see it in the United
States where attempts at providing a more equita-
ble health service is constantly thwarted by those
who can afford whatever they want and have no
intention of contributing to the distribution of that
wealth. Having said all that and in spite of there
being theatres of war all over the planet I do have
faith in the basic goodness of humanity.
The principles of communism and socialism are
wonderful – they express what equity, as opposed
to equality, really means. However, whenever there
is total power in the hands of one person, or even
a small group of people, that power is very soon
abused. We have seen this throughout the history
of the world and we still see it today. Democracy
is at the other end of that spectrum and on its own
it poses the threat I have just described. The Phi-
losopher from the middle ages, St. Thomas Aqui

nas, wrote: “virtus stat in media”, which loosely
translate as ‘the middle path is probably the better
option’. I firmly believe that where democracy and
monarchy can truly work hand in hand and where
the common good is the common goal there is a
higher probability of success. The presence of a
monarchy within a democracy also lends a certain
order of permanence that helps us over those times
of excessively stormy turbulence that is an inevi-
table part of the democratic process where opinions
Q: What is your participation on social level,
Human Rights, and other activities? What can you
offer the world today?
I am an avid supporter of equal rights for all,
especially the rights of women. I believe women
should enjoy equal rights with men, no more and no
less! Most importantly I support efforts to prevent
violence again others, especially women. I also
believe in the rights of all peoples for self-determi-
nation. I have spoken on these issues very often.
As a member of the golden age (I think of it as ‘the
ancients’) I am a member of the local university of
the third age where I sing in the choir where Lady
Ingrid is the accompanist.

Q; What is your assessment to the Arab Spring
Having identified my support for peoples’ rights for
self-determination I must also support the rise of
resistance against oppression. I support non-violent
methods, but appreciate that dictators will rarely, if
ever, give up their influence. This does not, how-
ever, allow the continuation of oppression. I believe
the road ahead is going to be difficult and there will
undoubtedly be some back sliding. People have
spoken, however and the trend will continue.
Q: Would you like to add anything to our readers?
The Umbria Collection: Volumes I to III:
The trilogy by Lord Martin, mentioned ear-
lier in this interview, consists of three volumes.
Volume I: The Lord, the Lady and the Duke is about
a young duke dispossessed by heavy death duties
following bad investments by his father and grand-
father, struggles to regain his inheritance and in
the process raises the image of the monarchy and
improves the lot of ordinary people.
Volume I is published by Publish America.
Volume II: Resurrection of Southumbria describes
the re-establishment of the Duke in his family
home. This volume continues some of the contro-
versies of volume I, culminating in a royal wedding
and coronation.
Volume II is published by Strategic Publishing.

Volumes I and II are available from the publishers
and from such on-line bookshops as Amazon and
Barnes and Noble. The titles are also carried by a
number of traditional bookshops in different coun-
tries and by contacting the author.
Volume III: The New Restoration follows the estab-
lishment of a new King and Queen, sees new inter-
national connections with more royal involvement
than has been seen for a long time. Cooperation
within parliament and between parliament and the
crown reaches new heights of popularity with the
Volume III is still in production.
This trilogy, while a work of fiction reflects the
principles discussed throughout the interview.
These novels demonstrate that by using a non-self-
ish approach and working for the common good
what seems impossible can indeed happen.
Lord Martin O’Reilly, Prince of the House of


You can find the original article from this is the link to the latest newspaper of Ghada Osta, page 6:

Article was published early in June  2012 issue 126, before launch of

Welcome to the official web site of the Royal Court of Breifne

Welcome to the official website of Royal Court of Breifne.
This web site will be launched 6/13/2012, on the birthday of His Highness Lord Martin, Prince of Breifne.

Lady Monica
Lady Chamberlain of the Royal Court of Breifne