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     The Bell - Beaker Culture, known as such because of their utensils that were bell - shaped, had previously begun to show up in Ireland and  technologically they were well advanced making full use of metals and finely polished stone tools.

    The Hamitic Fomorii Sea Pirates or Sea Rovers who had originated from Northern Africa, were never to be in any great numbers or permanently situated in any one place within the close proximity of Ireland, except for Tory Island in the north - west of Co. Donegal in the Ulster Province. They were tall in stature and very destructive in their nature and during the Millennia ahead were to still continue to hang around the perimeter of Ireland and cause continual conflict to all of the Scythian Celtic people who were to continue to arrive into Ireland.

    The increasing population of Scythian Nemedians, who had survived in Ireland, had by now multiplied to over 16,000, and they had also been able to defeat the Hamitic Fomorians in three previous major battles, and by this now they had decided to end the ongoing oppression and demands made on them intermittently that were carried out against them by the Fomorians. The Nemedians were to refuse the demands of the Fomorians who were now under the leadership of Conan / Conaing, the son of Febar, that they hand over 2/3rds of their produce and all of their children born this year and every year from now on, on the day of the Celtic Season of Samhain. They had decided that the only way they would ever end the ongoing demands of the Fomorii was to take them head on by besieging their main fortress, and to this end they set out for Tory island in their ships, and on reaching there they immediately attacked the Tower and were able to capture it from Conan, who was slain during the battle and they were then able to seize the fort itself. Just as it all seemed to come under their control, Morc the other Fomorian Chief arrived from Africa with more Hamitic Fomorii warriors, and the Nemedian's previous position was reversed, as the battle then continued on, and the Fomorians were able to drive the Nemedians back down to the strand, where many of them were either killed outright or drowned. (The Fomorians on Tory Island had been expecting the resistance to their present demands, and they had sent envoys to Africa for further assistance, and Morc, a son of Dela, had arrived with 60 ships full of Fomorian warriors). Only 30 Nemedians were to eventually survive the deadly intense battle, (which in reality was to be the final last stand for them), by escaping in one of their ships, and and on returning to the mainland in Ireland all of the survivors became worried, and wondered if any of them would be ever be left alive at all in Ireland now.

      Because of this genuine fear for their lives, they Nemedians were to decide it was in their best interests to abandon Ireland altogether, and they were then to split into 3 three independent groups who were to choose to go their own separate way, to seek out their destiny elsewhere, away from the threat of constant harassment from the Hamitic Fomorians,

     The descendants of  2 of these independent Scythian Nemedian groups would return to Ireland 2 Centuries later on as 2 new individual Septs / Family branches, with one of these to be known as the Fir Bolg / Belgae and the other, the astonishing Tuatha De Danann. (At that later time they were both still to continue to claim direct descent from Nemedh also, through 2 of his sons, Beothach and his son, Iobath, and Starn and his son, Simeon Breac. The followers of Simon Breac were the ones who would go back to Thrace where they were to become enslaved, and therefore were not capable of widening their horizons, while carrying seaweed fertiliser in leather bags for the Greeks. They would later become the Nemedian ancestors of a hybrid Celtic - Teutonic people to be known generically in Latin as the Belgae and in Irish History as the Fir Bolg (Men of the Bag). When the Nemedian Fir Bolg were to return to Ireland as such, at that future time they would come to have great respect for the abilities of the Hamitic Fomorians, who had remained free to choose their own destinies and rove the seas. Because of this the Fir Bolg would come to believe that the Fomorians too had unusual powers, but despite this the Fir Bolg were to be always able to continually ward off their ferocious attacks.

    The followers of another of the grandsons, Iobath, was to choose a different path, for they were to go to Europe where they were to learn new ideas, and as fate would have it, return to Ireland exactly 37 years after their Nemedian Fir Bolg kinsmen and gain sovereignty over them. This particular Scythian Nemedian Tuath or Clann at that time were to be known as the Tuatha De Danann (The People of Danu / or Sword People) who with their increased knowledge they had gained in Europe, and their bronze weapons, were to seem to the Fir Bolg to have special magical powers. (This was to be encouraged somewhat by the imagination of the Tuatha De Danann themselves).

    The followers of the third grandson, Briottan Maol, was to take his group and go to the northern part of Albion / Briton where his descendants were to remain their until the coming of the Scythian Picts, and it was from him that the original Celtic Britons / Brythons there were to receive their generic name. St. Patrick would be descended on the direct male line from Briottan Maol as a Romano - Celt.

    Although these 3 individual Nemedian groups were to leave Ireland, there were still a number of them who were to remain in Ireland as a conquered people who migrated further inland to get away from the fury and imperialistic demands of the Hamitic Fomorii.


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