> On the frog as a very-long-time resident of Ireland:
Maybe this is really not such new news. Consider this is from P. W.
Joyce in 1911, in _The Wonders of Ireland_:
> It seems however that our present day Irish naturalists have
> discovered a species of native frog in Kerry, which they say must
> have been there from the beginning. If this be so we must conclude
> that these cute Kerry frogs, getting early intelligence of St.
> Patrick's intentions (see below), betook them to remote hiding
> places, where they lay low till the storm blew over, and thus evaded
> the saint's sentence of banishment.
Just replace "St. Patrick's intentions" with "the last ice age" !
Gerald of Wales had a story about an Irish frog, too:
> As to frogs, Giraldus Cambrensis tells the story—indeed he devotes
> an entire chapter to it with the heading "Of a Frog lately seen in
> Ireland"—that soon after the Anglo-Norman invasion, while Robert le
> Poer was governor of Waterford, a live frog was brought one day to
> his court, which had been found in one of the meadows round the
> city. It was viewed with great astonishment, especially by the
> Irish; and when Donall Mac Gilla Patrick, the native Prince of
> Ossory, saw it, he beat his head with grief, saying that the reptile
> was an omen of woe to Ireland, and that it plainly foreboded the
> conquest of the Irish nation by the English.
But did any of this make its way into any OI text?