Irish marriage and dating customs
One of those captured slaves helped to convert the Irish to Christianity - the Romano-British Saint Patrick in the mid-fifth century AD.Thanks to that, and isolated from the chaos that swept Britain during the Anglo-Saxon invasion, Ireland was able to develop its own rich and prominent Christian culture.Ierne is fairly obviously a mispronunciation of 'Er Inis' or 'Eire Innis' (various spellings are available), meaning 'West Island' in common Celtic. The name remains in use today in its full form - Eireann.(Information by Peter Kessler, with additional information by Edward Dawson, and from Marie Mc Keown, Hub Pages.) Until now a land bridge has connected Britain to Ireland, roughly from the south-eastern tip of the latter to south-western England.There were some signs that unity would eventually have come, however.At various points in its early medieval history, from the eighth or ninth centuries onwards, Ireland was nominally united under the high kings (ard ri) and, but for many incursions by Danes, Normans and the Norman-dominated English, Ireland might have developed into a fully unified single kingdom in the same way as England had in the tenth century.
Knowth in County Meath is one of Ireland's most ancient and mysterious sites.The later high kings were nominally in charge but in practice, descended as many were from the prominent U Neill clan, there were always stresses and strains with the other regions.For the earlier high kings, the title was more of a ceremonial one, and never implied political control of the whole country.Then in the late fourth century, Niall of the Nine Hostages apparently dominated much of Ireland.
His offspring, the U Neill, used a descent system to describe themselves, and this appears to have been adopted by most of the island.
The first written record of contact with 'Albion' (by a Greek writer) names both Britain/Alba and Ireland as the 'Prettanik' islands.