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Barry R McCain
|Modern advertisement for a Lughnasa festival in Ireland|
|An Tarbh (The Bull)|
|A pre Christian image of Lugh from France|
|the Lughnasa fire|
|Dun Na Muc in Kilmichael Glassar|
|Sucellus (Dagda's cognate in Gaul)|
|Dave Swift from the Claoíbh in Redshank attire|
|Magh Gaibhlín, Porthall, Donegal, castle of Iníon Dubh|
|Walking up to the summit of Loughcrew|
|Myrddin (Merlin) the Druid of the Old Faith|
|Placing an 'intention' on a Faerie Tree|
|Mary Long's Long Star Flag 1819|
|Long's Lone Star flag, version II; 1820|
|Replica of the Come And Take It flag 1835|
|Troutman Flag 1836|
|Burnet Flag 1836|
|The Bonnie Blue Flag|
|Republic of West Florida 1810-1811|
|West Florida 1800|
|Area in control by Republic of West Florida 1810|
|Fulwar Skipworth governor Republic of West Florida|
|a sacred fire of Bealtaine|
|Sláinte ar Lá Bealtaine|
|Gall Ghaeil Lord circa AD 1000|
|Gall Ghaeil Lord and warrior circa 1000 AD |
In medieval primary sources we are only given negative reports on the Gall Ghaeil for the most part. There are reports of their kings, their raids, and of their employment with Irish chiefs. The Church considered them pagan and condemned them. The Gall Ghaeil were active from the late 9th Century into the 12th Century. The Gall Ghaeil lived in a twilight world between pagan and Christian, between Gael and Norse.
Their descendants gave rise to the families and clans that became the Gallóglaigh and later the Redshanks. Many of these families and clans migrated to Ireland; the Gallóglaigh circa AD 1300 to 1450 and the Redshanks in the 1500s.
In some cases, Viking was a profession, not an ethnicity. In parts of Argyll, Galloway, and northern Ireland, some Gaels went viking and became Gall-Ghaeil.
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