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14, note g. On the multitude of raths or forts, see Brash, Ogams, pp. 99, 101 ; f " Westropp's papers on Prehistoric Forts in the Co. Clare," in Journ. R. and Wilde's Boyne and BlackSoc. , for 1896 and 1897 ; water, p. 138. See also Kilk. Arch. Journ. for 1879-82, p. 259. "* Other circumstances point independently to the same conclusion ; such as the outflow of the population in the it is early centuries to Scotland, Wales, and Man, as mentioned (pp. 72 to 83) ; the numerous schools and colleges in below — the sixth, seventh, and eighth centuries of which a partial list may be seen at the opening of chap.

The Brehon : : These several classes examined. Lives of Saints. of the Irish saints, —The will be now briefly and other written memorials some in Latin, of which preserved in our manuscripts, and most lives in Irish, numbers are still many have been published, form a very important source of information. The oldest documents of this kind * are the original memoirs of St. Patrick. The principal of these are The two documents now generally admitted to have been written by Patrick himself the " Confession," " and the Epistle to Coroticus," both fifth century; and two others, the Memoir of the saint by Muirchu Maccu Machteni, and the Notes by Tirechan, both written in the great of which : — — seventh century, but embodying traditions of a much These are of the highest authority, but they earlier date.

There were the same broad lakes, like inland seas, and foxes : that still remain now : but they were generally larger then than and they were surrounded with miles of reedy morasses lakes and marshes tenanted everywhere by vast flocks of cranes, wild geese, wild swans, and other fowl. Kites and golden eagles skimmed over the plains and the goshawks, or falcons, peering down for prey they are ; : ; used in the old game of hawking, were found in great abundance. A person traversing those parts of the country that were inhabited found no difficulty in getting from place to place for there were roads and bridle-paths everywhere, ; rough indeed, and not to be compared with the roads of Fig.

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