The History of Ireland

Written by: Mark Bucknall

“May luck be our companion
May friends stand by our side
May history remind us all
Of Ireland’s faith and pride.”

The Early Years of Ireland:

The first evidence of humans in Ireland date back to between 8,000 and 7,000 . These people were thought to be hunters and gatherers and mainly inhabited the coastal areas and waterways. Between 4,000 BC and 2,500 BC the inhabitants of Ireland started to develop agriculture. Many of these Neolithic peoples were thought to have migrated from Northern Britain. They brought with them cattle, sheep and goats. From about 2,500 BC to about 600 BC, The inhabitants of Ireland developed the use of metals, and were able to forge tools and weapons. Around 1,200 BC the first Hill Forts and Ring Forts started appearing. It was common to find a “crannog” in Ireland, a fort surrounded by water, sometimes built as an artificial fortified Island on a lake.