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Early Celtic Church | Creator: Weiers Coetser | Size (MBs): 0.14 | Download | VIEWS: 0

Little Skellig

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The Irish had strong trading links with Roman Britain. The Roman Historian Tacitus (55-120 AD) tells us that British or Gallic merchants had a reasonably good knowledge of Ireland’s ‘harbours and approaches’ – and evidence tells us that they also reached well inland along rivers like the Nore and Barrow. There is a strong possibility that some Christian ‘learned men’ fled to Ireland away from the Barbarian invasion of Gaul at the beginning of the fifth century. British words derived from Latin such as Caise (Easter) and cruimther (priest) in Old Irish suggest a gradual conversion of Ireland by Britons in the fourth to early fifth centuries.