1) Someone asked if the Sotii who went to Ireland were the same as the later
plantators in Ulster. They aren't because they were dead. I am not the
same as some louzy Germanic warrier up here in modern Germany, am I?
2) The influence of the Vikings on Ireland is over-exxagerated. They had
a much greater impact on England. The archeological evidence for
Viking activities is concentrated in the Dublin area. Viking Dublin
functioned as a kind of warehouse for trade with Western Europe.
Politically it wasn't important. (I have my knowledge from a lecture at
University College Galway, 1991/92, "Early Medieval Ireland" by Da/ibhi/
3) The modern Irish word for money is airgead. The Scottish Gaelic word
is airgiod. They both derive from Old Irish argat. The word for money in
old Welsh was aryant. They all seem to derive from Latin agentum
(silver). The Old Norse word for money was gjald (German: Geld, Old
English gield). So the Irish word for money does not come from the
4) The dialect of Irish spoken in Donegal is very different from the
dialects in Connaught and Munster. It is in many respects close to
Scottish Gaelic. I heard that they are so close to each other due to the
contact during the plantation. Somewhere I read that Scottish Gaelic
was spoken all over the Inishowen Peninsula up in the North of Donegal
after Scottish plantators settled there.