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Happy Beltane!

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it might be the start of Summer, but thank the Druids that the Romans called our cold windy island 'hibernia - winterland'...... the Romans never tried to take us.

and they even lost a Legion in breezy Scotland. So, whats in a name ?

instead of 700 + 20 years of foreign men occupying our soil ( Brits + EU open borders) , we would be approaching 1,400 years of the same problem and blue eyes would be a distant memory on these shores.

viva hibernia
 

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and for the Lefties on here, its MayDay , why don't you march your tanks, nukes, bad-breath, blue/pink hair, pierced bits, smelly juggling acts with stuck-on afro hair, and championing the rights of parasites...through the centre of Red Square, Moscow .... and stay there.
What is your point
 
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it might be the start of Summer, but thank the Druids that the Romans called our cold windy island 'hibernia - winterland'...... the Romans never tried to take us.

and they even lost a Legion in breezy Scotland. So, whats in a name ?

instead of 700 + 20 years of foreign men occupying our soil ( Brits + EU open borders) , we would be approaching 1,400 years of the same problem and blue eyes would be a distant memory on these shores.

viva hibernia
Several questionable claims there.

'Hibernia' has nothing to do with some wonderful winter land, and even less with Druids. It's a corruption of the Greek Ἰέρνη. Or, as Ptolemy had it Ἰουερνία. That was a version of Old Celtic Iveriu (or something very adjacent), from which derived Eriu, which had an accusative cause of Erinn. And that brings us home. 'Hibernia' is Julius Caesar's effort in 'Gallic War', and was followed by Pliny and Tacitus. Thanks to the modern marvel of the WWW, that's all on line from the University of Chicago's electronic resource of the Lewis & Short Latin Dictionary, to be found here.

While we're at it, the popular legend of the Legio IX Hispana dates all the way back to ... err ... AD1954, and a superb fiction by Rosemary Sutcliff. She took a passing speculation in Theodor Mommsen's vast History of Rome (or, if one is up to it, Römische Geschichte) that the Ninth had somehow gone missing in northern Britain after AD108. Mommsen was trying to work out why the Ninth isn't in the Army Lists of the time of Septimius Severus. Sutcliff wasn't aware (because the archaeology hadn't yet turned it up) that elements of the Ninth were carving their names on walls at Ulpia Noviomagus Batavorum (modern Nijmegen) about AD120-130, and participated in campaigns on the eastern frontier through the second century.
Now are you here to make the case for Beltane being something we should all be celebrating or just showcasing your historical knowledge confusion?
Certainly not the latter. I do this to keep the Alzheimer's at bay, and to illuminate the intellectual dishonesty and plain ignorance that prevails in mirky joints like this website.
 
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Certainly not the latter. I do this to keep the Alzheimer's at bay, and to illuminate the intellectual dishonesty and plain ignorance that prevails in mirky joints like this website.

Good
So lets ignore the historical red herrings for now and hear you demonstrate to us ignorant folk how Ireland is resurrecting the pagan religions of times past and celebrating Beltane day today
Or are you speaking through your back passage?
 
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