When the Celts first arrived in Ireland around 200 B.C., the island had already been inhabited for over 7000 years. Drawing on a wealth of archaeological evidence and the author's own mastery of the subject, 'Ancient Ireland' returns to those pre-Celtic roots in a bid to discover the secrets of the island's first inhabitants: Who were they? And how did they live? Few accounts of the period are as exhaustively researched; fewer still are as alive with historical insight and compelling detail. At once accessible and comprehensive, 'Ancient Ireland' is an indispensable guide to early Irish civilisation, its culture and mythology.
The late Laurence Flanagan was a freelance writer and a former Keeper of Antiquities at The Ulster Museum. He is an author of Favourite Irish Names for Children, Favourite Irish Names for Your Baby and Irish Place Names.