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    Picture from "Rome's Enemies Gallic and British Celts" by Peter Wilcox and Angus MacBride. Picture is based on archeological findings and is accurate for 100BCE.

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    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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    Millions of Irish in America descended from Ireland's most prolific high king

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Niall of the Nine Hostages

Millions of people around the world today are descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages, the legendary 5th century A.D. High King of Ireland. Wherever the Irish settled, also live Niall’s posterity...

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The small passage tomb known as the Mound of the hostages or Duma na NGiall dates to around 2500BC. The tomb gets its name from the custom of Irish kings taking important people hostage, one of these kings was known as Niall of the Nine Hostages who had taken hostages from all of the provinces of Ireland and from other countries. The passage tomb is one of only two monuments at Tara that have been excavated. TNeill

Niall Noígíallach (Old Irish "having nine hostages"),[1] or in English, Niall of the Nine Hostages, son of Eochaid Mugmedón, was an Irish king, the ancestor of the Uí Néill family that dominated Ireland from the 6th to 10th centuries. The rise of the Uí Néill dynasties and their conquests in Ulster and Leinster are not reliably recorded and have been the subject of considerable study and attempts to reconstruct them.

Are you sure you are not in some way descended from this powerful Irish King? Does your ancestry not go all the way back to one of Niall’s own ancestors, Ireland’s Queen Maeve? Check it out. Check out Niall of the Nine Hostages and Queen Maeve in your local Library or on the Internet.

Cormac mac Airt (son of Art), was, according to medieval Irish legend and historical tradition, a High King of Ireland. He is probably the most famous of the ancient High Kings, and may have been an authentic historical figure, and his reign is variously dated as early as the 2nd century and as late as the 4th. He is said to have ruled from Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, for forty years, and under his rule Tara flourished. He was famous for his wise, true, and generous judgments.

Lóegaire mac Néill - Lóegaire (floruit fifth century) (died c. 462), also Lóeguire, is said to have been a son of Niall of the Nine Hostages. The Irish annals and king lists include him as a King of Tara or High King of Ireland. He appears as an adversary of Saint Patrick in several hagiographies. His dealings with the saint were believed to account for his descendants' lack of importance in later times.

Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig, (c. 941–23 April 1014), (English: Brian Boru) self-appointed High King of Ireland, and progenitor of the O'Brien dynasty.