All kings' sons

In Nestor Mr. Deasy tries to paper over the gap between his Protestant unionism and Stephen's Catholic nationalism: "We are all Irish, all kings' sons." The saying is proverbial, stemming from the medieval era of Irish history in which many separate regions were ruled by independent kings and everybody was a member of some ruling clan.

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Irish kings and archers, from 13th century frescoes in Abbey Knockmoy, Galway, drawn by George Petrie in the 19th century. Source: