If one wanted to go back to the very beginning of the history of Ireland then it would mean taking a trip back 10,000 years. It has been indicated that the first farmers arrived in this country around 4000 BC. The famous iron age warriors, the Celts, arrived in Ireland from the European mainland. Many of the Irish myths that many enjoy revolve around these warriors. The Gaelic that is spoken in Ireland which is the official language comes from the Celtic language.
Most people when thinking about Ireland automatically think of Saint Patrick. This famous Saint came into being as part of the Christian missionary movement that took place around the middle of the fifth century. As Christianity infiltrated the pagan religion, scholars with a Christian background focused their studies on theology in the languages of Latin and Greek.
Ireland soon became mixed with Scandinavians which took place during the Viking era. It was actually the Vikings who founded Dublin. This took place in 988 and of course Dublin is now Ireland’s capital city. As time progressed the 12th century came about with the Normans. Then moving on, in 1782 Ireland made a union with Great Britain.
Something else that Ireland is known for historically was the great famine that they went through during 1845 to 1847 which dramatically affected their potato crops. The massive starvation wasn’t helped by the pressure put on them to export much of their wheat and dairy products to Britain. Things didn’t get much better and a lot of the Irish were forced to leave their country.
Throughout history Ireland has had its fair share of wars and has managed to still remain as a country that has shown its strength and ability to rebound. Again in the 1980s the economy in Ireland faltered dramatically and people once again left the country purely because no work was available to them.