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  • Jo Molloy

    Niall of the Nine Hostages - arguably Ireland's most powerful and prominent High King of Ireland. He was also a well-known Pirate. In 2006, geneticists at Trinity College, Dublin suggested that Niall may have been the most fecund male in Irish history! My great great+ Grandad; quite the history.

  • Gary Freeman

    Angus McBride's depiction of the Newbridge Chariot. The Newbridge chariot was uncovered during an archaeological excavation near the Bronze-Age burial cairn of Huly Hill, at Newbridge, west of Edinburgh in 2001. The Iron-Age chariot was buried intact. It is the only Iron-Age chariot to ever be found in Scotland. It has been radiocarbon dated to the 5th century BC.

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