Irish history Connemara tour Lough Corrib sailing hill walking

By William Mc Evilly MA, BA (hons) Landscape Archaeologist, Specialist in environmental Sustainability. 

Irish history Connemara tour Lough Corrib sailing hill walking

There is evidence of human presence in and around Lough Corrib stretching back to the Mesolithic or middle stone age period when stone tools and weapons were found. The Neolithic and Bronze Age Period was particularly eventful in and around Lough Corrib. From the fifth century BC the Celts occupied Ireland, and this can be seen with their beautiful Lateen Art evident on the Tara Broach and the Ardaine Chalice. Saint Patrick came to ireland in 430 AD and began to convert the Gaelic tribes to Christianity. On Inish Gill, the largest Island on the Lough, are the remains of Saint Patricks Oratory and a headstone belonging to his nephew, Lughnad which dates from the early fifth century AD. On the headstone there is an inscription. This is the earliest evidence of early  Gaelic Christian writing outside the catacombs in Rome.

Irish history Connemara tour Lough Corrib sailing hill walking

In the 7-10 century AD we were occupied with Viking raiders who sailed the waters of the lough raiding the various monasteries and monastic settlements. A beautiful example of a Bronze Age boat circa 2500 BC, along with Viking crafts, 7-10 century AD, were found south east of Inish Gill http://www.anglingcharts.com/corribwrecks/4500yearoldlogboat.html. In the 12th century AD the Norman invasion of Ireland occurred and there is a  lovely example of an early Norman Castle on a tiny Island of Castle Kirc. Castle Kirk near Maam Valley was later associated with Grace O’Malley the  16th Century pirate Queen.  Irish history Connemara tour Lough Corrib sailing hill walking

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