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We Irish descend from the Milesians (also known as the Gaels) came to Ireland in 504 BC from Galicia. The common ancestor of all Irish people is Míl Espáine (from whence the Milesians are named), who was the king of Galicia and northern Portugal and it is rather interesting that Míl Espáine, in Gaelic, means Soldier of Hispania!

Irish descend from the Milesians (also known as the Gaels) came to Ireland in…

The Tara Brooch is a Celtic brooch of about 700 AD generally considered to be the most impressive of over 50 elaborate Irish brooches to have been discovered. It was found in 1850 and rapidly recognised as one of the most important works of early Christian Irish Insular art; Plenty of knot worked symbolisms it is now displayed in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.

The Tara Brooch, c. 700 AD, was found in 1850 and rapidly recognised as one of the most important works of early Christian Irish Insular art. It is now displayed in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.

The Mullamast Stone, from 500-600 in Ireland. There are 4 blade marks on the left side of the stone and 2 deep ones on top, suggesting that the stone was used as part of a “sword in the stone” kingship ritual. The perpetuation of the importance of the “sword in the stone,” which comes from Arthurian legend, demonstrates the continuity of Celtic rituals even after the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

The Mullamast Stone, from Ireland. Four blade marks, left side; two deep ones on top, suggest stone's possible use in “sword in the stone” kingship ritual from Arthurian legend.

National Museum of Ireland St Patricks Bell Shrine

National Museum of Ireland St Patricks Bell Shrine

Some of the most popular surnames in Ireland have histories that go back hundreds, even thousands of years. Several originated from the ancient Irish clans that ruled various parts of the country over the centuries.

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Where Are You From in Ireland?

Where in Ireland are you from? Trace your Irish heritage and find out where your Irish surname originated or is most dominant in Ireland on the map .We’ve included hundreds of popular Irish surnames from all around the country

Ireland is an ancient country and has been home to several civilisations over thousands of years. Some of the important symbols used by these ancient communities have come to be symbols of Ireland itself and mean a great deal to many people who are proud of their Irish heritage. Find out about them on Ireland Calling.

Ireland is an ancient country and has been home to several civilisations over thousands of years. Some of the important symbols used by these ancient communities have come to be symbols of Ireland itself and mean a great deal to many people who are proud

A beautiful Late Bronze Age gold collar from Gleninsheen, Co. Clare, Ireland. It dates from circa 800-700 BC

A Late Bronze Age gold collar from Gleninsheen, Co. Clare, Ireland it dates from c.

Scotch-Irish Immigrant -- I wonder how many people realize that the Scotch-Irish were *Scottish*, and not Irish....They were Scots that moved to Ireland {who then later moved to America}. *shakes head*

Scotch-Irish Immigrant -- I wonder how many people realize that the Scotch-Irish were *Scottish*, and not Irish.They were Scots that moved to Ireland {who then later moved to America}. *shakes head* CHECK OUT THE BASKET

The Surnames of Ireland shown on the map of Ireland

The Surnames of Ireland shown on the map of Ireland

An Early Christian cross from Ireland. In early Irish culture, there were no cruxifications on the early crosses as they symbolized where to find spirit. The four arms are gateways leading to the center "triscele". In the older Irish traditions, Uisineach is center where the great Bile Sacred tree grew. It connected 3 worlds, roots set in the Earth connected to past and ancestors, it grew in present and branches reach out to future. It was where the no. 7 is sacred and where the Spirit…

An Early Christian cross inscribed slab from Clonmacnoise in County Offaly. The text on the slab roughly translates as 'A prayer for the servant of Michael'

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