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Jack's Short Irish History: The First Few Millennia

Yes, I had to look up and confirm the exact definition of millennium (1000 years versus “a h*#% of a long time”) and the correct form and spelling of the plural. My goal for this blog (besides improving my vocabulary and spelling) is to list about two dozen events/places/people that are important to Irish history up to the time of Christopher Columbus. Consequently this blog is VERY brief considering the time span. I’ve tried to include many of the locations that we have visited on our tours, and some of the people associated with those places. For now this is a date ordered list with a very short description of each item (and a link if I can find a good one). Someday I hope to create an “Irish History Timeline” as a graphic…. That's for a later day.

Here's the list:

3200 BC Newgrange and Howth - Passage tombs North of Dublin in the Boyne Valley. These were built 500 years before the pyramids and Newgrange is thought to be the largest structure at that time. An excellent day tour is available from Dublin for guests who want to extend their stay.

3000 BC Céide Fields - One of the stops on our Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) tour. Archeological sight that shows the first cooperative farming in Ireland. It is distinctive because of the rock walls preserved under a bog. Yes, the Irish have been making rock walls for almost 5000 years.

1100 BC Dún Aonghasa (Dun Aengus) - A Cliff Fort (versus a Ring Fort) on the island of Inishmore. A stop on our Authentic Ireland tour. IMHO one of the best views in Ireland.

~200 Celts(Celt Migration to Ireland) - Settlers/Invaders from Europe. They didn’t exactly “invade”; It was more like they “wandered into town” and stayed. They are responsible for the origins of the distinctive art of Ireland.

430-460 St. Patrick - Traditionally credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, not true, but definitely spread the christian faith in Ireland.

484-578 Saint Brendan the Navigator - An Irish Monk who likely discovered North American well before Christopher Columbus.

400-800 Initial Spread of Christianity - Yes, this starts before St. Patrick.

~550 Founding of Clonmacnoise and Glendalough Monastaries - Two of the larger Ecclesiastic Communities of Ireland. During this pre-city/town era, these were the largest gatherings of humans in Ireland. Both are popular visitor destinations today.