Apologies to all for starting a thread and then disappearing.
Without wanting to sound like Ian Paisley, there does seem to be quite a
long tradition of differing cultures between Ulster and the rest of Ireland.
The tales of the Ulster Cycle would appear to highlight this and the
archaeological evidence of linear features marking borders / boundaries
could highlight a deliberate segregation. However, linguistically the
country does seem to have been one. When did all of Ireland become Gaelic
speaking, I wonder.
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Subject: Re: When did Ireland become Irish?
Steffan, I was re-reading Rafferty's _Pagan Celtic Ireland_ on the plane
last night. It certainly shows that there was a difference in Ireland
between north and south even in the La Tene period. This difference is also
noted traditionally in the tales and literature.