It was up the R. Bann  in NW Ireland (pictured below) that the earliest settlers in Ireland came some 10,ooo years ago as the ice retreated. They established a settlement on the hill above the river, now a suburb called Mountsandel. “Officially” hunter-gatherers they established a permanent settlement and lived on a plentiful diet of shellfish, river fish, sea fish, and small animals. It is interesting to speculate that the landscape we see today would have been little different from the one they were familiar with.


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