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This contrasts with the traditional view that their origin lies in mainland Europe with the Hallstatt culture.
Sea levels were lower and Ireland, like Great Britain, formed part of continental Europe.Alongside mainstream Western culture, a strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed through Gaelic games, Irish music, and the Irish language.The culture of the island also shares many features with that of Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf. For the sovereign state of the same name, see Republic of Ireland.For the part of the United Kingdom, see Northern Ireland.is that the Celtic language, Ogham script and culture were brought to Ireland by waves of invading or migrating Celts from mainland Europe.
This theory draws on the Lebor Gabála Érenn, a medieval Christian pseudo-history of Ireland along with the presence of Celtic culture, language and artefacts found in Ireland such as Celtic bronze spears, shields, torcs and other finely crafted Celtic associated possessions.
The theory holds that there were four separate Celtic invasions of Ireland.
The Priteni were said to be the first, followed by the Belgae from northern Gaul and Britain.
Northern Ireland saw much civil unrest from the late 1960s until the 1990s.
This subsided following a political agreement in 1998.
However, English rule did not extend over the whole island until the 16th–17th century Tudor conquest, which led to colonisation by settlers from Britain.