Heron, D. Caulfield. 'Celtic migrations'. - Dublin: Transactions of the Dublin Statistical Society, Vol. III part 5, 1851/1852, pp.1-14
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. III part 5 1851/1852
It may be observed that the Celtic races have ever been remarkable
for sudden migrations. We do not find them well known to
the early historians. Herodotus places them in the extreme West of
Europe, beyond the pillars of Hercules. In the fotirth century
before the Christian Era, the Celts of Gaul crossed the Apennines
and overran Central and Southern Italy. According to Livy, two
hundred years before that period, one multitude of the Gauls
crossed the Ehine, and settled in the Hercynian Forest; another
crossed the Alps, settled m the valley of the Po, and founded Milan.
In the Gaelic invasion of Italy, they defeated the Romans in the
battle of the Allia (U.C. 365), and were in possession of Rome for
six months, with the exception of the Capitol. But, unlike the
northern invaders, during the decline of the Roman Empire, they
established no states in Central or Southern Italy, and retired
loaded with booty.
The Celts of Ireland now appear determined to try their fortunes
in some other place, and are emigrating from this country at a rate
that surpasses anything previously known and recorded in the history
of the migrations of the human family.
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