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House of Steel. A Celtic anthropomorphic hilted short sword with a bog iron and meteorite blade, folded and forge welded nine times.

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~Bunratty Castle, County Clare, Ireland~ the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times.

Celtic: Grave slab, Kilmartin Church graveyard, Argyll, Scotland; originally carved for the Malcolms of Poltalloch.

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The gallowglass' (also spelt galloglass, gallowglas or galloglas; from Irish: gallóglaigh) were a class of elite mercenary warriors who principally were members of the Norse-Gaelic clans of Scotland between the mid 13th century and late 16th century. As Scots, they were Gaels and shared a common background and language with the Irish, but as they had intermarried with the 10th century Norse settlers of western Scotland, the Irish called them Gall Gaeil ("foreign Gaels").

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2nd Century BC Celtic shield

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" 'Arisaid' was the earliest form of women's dress in Scotland. "

Cottage at the foothill of the colorful Connemara mountains Ireland

Blarney Castle, Ireland

Irish uilleann pipes.

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