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Mountsandel in Coleraine in the north of Ireland is the oldest known site of settlement, with remains of woven huts, stone tools, and food such as berries and hazelnuts being discovered there by archaeologists.The picture after that is very uncertain, but it seems most likely that several small waves of settlers arrived at various subsequent stages.
(Additional information by Edward Dawson, and from Marie Mc Keown, Hub Pages.) Until now a land bridge has connected Britain to Ireland, roughly from the south-eastern tip of the latter to south-western England.
The last holdout may have been the Fir Domnann (the Dumnonii Men), possibly one of several British tribes who saw fragments of their number move to Ireland.
Coverage here of the Irish tribes therefore is a snapshot, figuratively taken by Ptolemy.
During the sixth century, Saint Columba followed in the footsteps of the earlier Irish raiders to spread the Celtic Church into Dl Riata (now western Scotland), while in western Wales the Disi settled and helped to form the kingdom of Dyfed.
Ireland was never politically united enough to translate its religious and cultural influence into political power.