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Celts in Ireland

During the early ages of 500 BC, the Celts began to reach Ireland. Since then, the Celts have become a great influence in the land's civilization and culture. Ireland, together with Scotland, were the few nations who where not conquered by the Roman Empire during 43AD.

The Irish adopted the Celtic social structure. The entire land was dividend into tuaths or tribes. Personal merits were also given more credit than blood lineage. Warriors were greatly honoured. They also practiced the Brehon Law and they were against death penalty.

After the Bronze Age, the Celts were said to bring iron tools to Ireland. They created iron weapons, utensils and other iron metalwork. Iron is known for its strength and durability. The use of iron tools was an improvement compared to the bronze material the Irish ware using at the time.

There was also physical appearances of the Irish were also influenced by the Celts. They begin to use newly invented grooming product- soaps. Men started to grow beards and moustaches or grow their hair long. The women also wore their hair neat by tying it up in several braids and decorated with beads. Gold accessories such as ring and necklaces were also a fad among the Irish Celts in this period.

One of the more notable things that the Celts gave Ireland was its famed warfare. The popularity of chariots was notably from the Celts. But these are not for luxurious trips, but for picking up a warrior during battles or used to take down an enemy.

The Brehon Law, which is the law of Celts, is one of the things that influenced the modern law of Ireland until present day. The Celtic language is also widely used all over Ireland.

There were also historical marks that are attributed to the Celts, which are still in existence in modern Ireland. One of which is the Navan Fort, which used to be the Ulaid's royal seat during the Iron Age. Other notable places are the Dún Ailinne and the Hill of Tara in Meath. The construction of decorated stones like the Turoe Stone is also related to Celtic art and tradition.

Indeed, the Celts had given Ireland a lot of things that hone this land to become what it is today. It has become one of the Celtic Nations that stands proud of their Celtic heritage and continue to promote its language and culture.

Original Authors: Jennifer Tumanda
Edit Update Authors: RPN
Updated On: 25/01/2007



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