The author also looks afresh at the controversial question of when the Celts first arrived in Ireland.
Pre-Christian Ireland will find a place on the bookshelves of all who are fascinated by the pagan origins of modern Ireland.
Areas in which Catholics are in a minority are red.
Roman Catholicism in Ireland is part of the worldwide Catholic Church.
by Peter Harbison Although one of the last corners of Europe to have been settled by man, Ireland is particularly rich in prehistoric remains.
The great passage-tomb of Newgrange, dating to the fourth millennium BC, has become internationally famous since the discovery of its orientation towards the rising sun at the winter solstice, and excavations at the neighbouring tomb of Knowth have given unprecedented insight into the wealth of Irish megalithic art.
Pre-Christian Ireland gives the story of human settlement from the beginnings 10,000 years ago to St Patrick's Christianizing mission in the fifth century AD.
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The Norman invasion of the late 12th century marked the beginning of more than 800 years of direct English rule and, later, British involvement in Ireland.
In 1177 Prince John Lackland was made Lord of Ireland by his father Henry II of England at the Council of Oxford.