This is the lovely lad Hugh Roe O’Donnell, otherwise known in history and lore as “Red” Hugh O’Donnell, the fighting prince of Donegal, high king of Tyrconnell. Born in Donegal, Ireland, in 1572, imprisoned by an English lord when he was 15, he escaped 5 years later to be crowned king of Tyrconnell and later led a successful Irish army against the English forces (Battle of Yellow Ford, Battle of Curlew Pass) before being poisoned by a saboteur in 1602.
The Vikings eventually settled down in the lands they had conquered. By 950, the Vikings had stopped raiding in Ireland and developed instead as traders and settled in the lands around their towns. The Vikings in England largely became farmers and fishermen. The Vikings left many placenames in Ireland including: Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford, Strangford, Leixlip, Carlingford, Youghal, Howth, Dalkey and Fingall. A few of their words were also adopted into the Irish language.
The Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. During the famine Ireland's population dropped by 20–25 percent, one million people died, and a million more emigrated from the island.
Blood of the Irish: What DNA Tells Us About the Ancestry of People in Ireland
Blood of the Irish: DNA Proves Ancestry of the People of Ireland | The Blood in Irish veins is Celtic, right? Well, not exactly. Although the history many Irish people were taught at school is the history of the Irish as a Celtic race, the truth is much more complicated, and much more interesting than that ...
The Picts, early inhabitants of Scotland. Pict actually means "painted people". "Pict" was the name of the people who lived in Scotland before the Scots invaded from Ireland, that's right the tribe known as the Scots are Irish. The two lived together and gradually merged until the picts disappeared as a distinct people.
When asked the question, "What race of people do you believe make the best soldiers?" His reply: "The Scots who came to this country by way of Ireland. Because they have all the dash of the Irish in taking up a position and all the stubborness of the Scots in holding it." (Gen. Robert E. Lee)
The Ulster immigrant began to transform on the frontier. "The clothes he brought fm Ireland wore out quickly as he moved through heavy undergrowth...Much of his first year's food supply came fm hunting...so animal skins replaced cloth. And being highly adaptable, he took on an Indian style of dress, hunting shirt, deerskin breeches, coonskin cap and moccasins...he allowed his hair to grow long...Within a year on the frontier, the transformation would be complete." ("God's Frontiersmen"…
60. O’Neill Inauguration Stone. One of the most poignant objects in Irish history is one that was deliberately and symbolically destroyed. The partly wooded hill of Tulaigh Óg (Tullaghoge), north of Dungannon in Co Tyrone, commanding extensive views towards Slieve Gallion, was one of many traditional ritual sites on which communities gathered and kings were inaugurated. The Tudor colonisers looked on these sites with suspicion.