Can someone help me with more info on the early settlers of Ireland known as fir bolg ?
The names of fir bolg kings are mostly the same as those of the founders of modern Bulgaria- the bulgars.
Fir bolg kings have names like Symeon,Beoan,Omor,Adar.
Bulgaria wa founded in 681 A.D and we have names of kings like…Baian(Beoan),Batbaian,Symeon,Umor,Umortag etc.
The capital city of the fir bolg was Tara,i.e fort,fortress in the tongue of the bulgars.
Our last capital before Sofia was Tarno(Veliko Tarnovo} meaning the grand fortress.
The bulgars of Bulgaria were melted into the more numerous slavs.
There are hundreds of old bulgar words that remained in the modern bulgarian language along with words of other inhabitants of our lands – thracians,goths,alani.
Thanks for any information you can provide and sorry for me being here.
Okayyy I’m replying 16 years later, but who knows, maybe the little I know will help someone. Fir bolg were mentioned in Lebor Gabála Érenn. According to the original text, they were a branch of Nemed’s children as well as Tuatha Dé Dannan (name Dannan is actually associated with Danube). They had to leave the country because of the Formorians, then they returned.
Lebor Gabála Érenn was written in 11th century. As far as I know, Bulgars had already built their state by that time. People who wrote that may had heard of that story. An interesting thing written there about Fir Bolg is that they used to be slaves in Thracia, according to the text, so authors may also have been aware of the connection between Thracia and Bulgaria. Actually, the book itself is full of symbols and interesting connections, and sometimes it’s just impossible to say what parts of it are true and what are false. If anyone is interested in that topic, I can recommend reading “Celtic Heritage. Ancient tradition in Ireland and Wales” by Alwyn Rees and Brinley Rees. The book was first published in 1969 as far as I remember, since then it has been translated to other languages and sure it is available in online libraries in English. The book explains every invasion and gives parallels in Welsh manuscripts, which is interesting to learn.
I hope that makes sense. I am a History student and I’d love to learn more about Lebor Gabála Érenn myself, but hope that helps. The fact that the question was asked 16 years ago makes me mad though