When the Celts first arrived in Ireland around 200 B.C., the island had already been inhabited for over 7000 years. Using archaeological evidence, this book studies pre-Celtic Ireland to discover who the pre-Celtic people were and how they lived. From the reviews of the hardback edition: 'A work of fine scholarship pitched at a non-specialist audience...Laurence Flanagan's book...is a little treasure of learning more than lightly worn, and of true historical communication. He knows what is to be known from the best scholarship, but knows also that non-specialists need to have this interpreted for them and reproduced in a non-daunting way.' History Ireland Other books by Laurence Flanagan Favourite Irish Names for Children: top 200 Irish Place Names Irish Proverbs.