A couple of things:
The Iron Age in Ireland is either a mess or a conundrum - take your pick.
We have no Iron Age pottery at all - none. Between a thousand and 1500
We have no Iron Age high-status burials - none.
The seminar referred to was the annual one of the National Roads Authority -
the body charged with transforming our National Roads into Motorways.
Because the Motorways, perhaps for the first time in millennia, do not
follow the line of the old road, the archaeologists have discovered a huge
amount of new information - but still no Iron Age pottery, nor Iron Age high
status burials - there are, for instance, a significant number of sites,
such as the Corlea track, that seem to have been built in order to be
There may be no direct evidence for chariots, but there's a fair amount of
Firstly, see David Greene's article on chariots - it's at
see the article on Old Irish names chariot parts in
Koch, John T., Celtic culture: a historical encyclopedia, Wales, 2006
Thirdly, the glacial gravel ridge that crosses Ireland from Dublin to Galway
is called the Escir Riada - literally "the Gravel Ridge on which a chariot
might be driven."
And there are the asymmetric horse bits, and the image on an
(admittedly late) high cross.
and so on...
I suspect the jury is still out on this matter.
Eoin C. Bairéad
Áth Cliath, Éire