(The). The ancient Irish. The legend is that Ireland was
once peopled by the Firbolgs, who were subdued by the Milesians, called
the “Gaels of Ireland.”
“My family, by my father's side, are all the true ould Milesians, and
related to the O'Flahertys, and O'Shaughnesses, and the M'Lauchlins,
the O'Donnagbans, O'Callaghans, O'Geogaghans, and all the thick blood
of the nation; and I myself am an O'Brallagban, which is the ouldest of
them all.” —Maclin: Love à la Mode.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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