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THE HISTORY OF IRELAND
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We receive messages from people with questions about Irish history. So, we thought we'd try and condense our 10,000 year background into just a few paragraphs to give you a nice overview on things, its a challenge but gonna give it a go...
Ireland's first inhabitants landed between 8000 BC and 7000 BC. Around 1200 BC, the Celts came to Ireland and their arrival has had a lasting impact on Ireland’s culture today. The Celts spoke Q-Celtic and over the centuries, mixing with the earlier Irish inhabitants, this evolved into Irish Gaelic. This language and their culture created a divide between the Irish Celts and the rest of Europe. The Celts wrote beautiful poetry and drew impressive artwork which still remains today. But the Celts were also extreme warriors and experts in one-to-one combat. Reputed to be born in 387 AD, St Patrick was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave when he was 16. He managed to escape but returned to Ireland after hearing the voice of God. When he returned he began preaching Christianity to the Irish people. He built several churches around Ireland and legend has it that he taught the Irish the concept of the ‘Trinity’, by showing them a shamrock, a 3-leaved clover, using it to highlight the Christian belief of the three divine persons in God - the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Thus, giving Ireland its national symbol. St Patrick left a lasting impact on Ireland, with St Patrick Day still being celebrated around the world annually on the 17th of March. Around 795 AD the Vikings came to Ireland from Scandinavia with the aim to steal and pillage Irish treasure. where to buy ireland passport
By the end of the tenth century, Viking power was diminishing. The Viking era in Ireland is said to of finished in 1014, when a large Viking Army was defeated in Clontarf by Brian Bórú (941 – 1014). While Brian Bórú was actually killed as he rested in his tent at the Battle of Clontarf, he was famed as a warrior and is considered as Ireland's greatest King. buy ireland driver's license
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