JJ Fanagh

JJ Fanagh

Posted on 08/01/2008

Photo taken on August  1, 2008

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Ireland plus15 M/85M Ocean

Ireland plus15 M/85M Ocean
To the left - an approximate 7 metre run-up as seems to have been described in the off shore battle between the Nemed tribesmen in their newly-constructed ships, and the rapacious Fomor invaders from north Africa who had taken up an advanced base on Toraigh Island (off present-day County Mayo) in approximately 1800 or 1750 BCE. That battle came to an abrupt halt when a tsunami ripped through both fleets - each about 35 ships - and smashed or upturned all but one Fomorian vessel... which escaped to the south.

The second tsunami - recorded in the Songs of the Four Masters as well as in isolated lines of the Metrical Dinschensas - swept across Ireland "in one blow" in the very early hours of morning in late April of the year 1159 BCE. According to an eye witness sleeping out on a Limerick hilltop, the hill (203 metres high) was half-covered in rushing water, that night when "all Ireland was drowned in The Flood." Although that would put the run-up at 100 or 105 metres, even a conservative 85 metres would have the runup possibly cross Ireland.

And it may well have. In the Four Masters account of the Invasion of Sons of Mil (which by oral accounts took place that very same night that the west of Ireland "turned into a lake") the Milesians were frustrated in their battle plan by arriving at the Brugh na Boinne shoreline... only to be faced by water coming toward them, obscuring the shoreline. They thought it was magic.

Similarly, they could not explain why, as they finally walked ashore to fight their Tuath Dé Danann opponents, all traces of housing, corrals, livestock, barns, etc. seemed to have vanished. The entire landscape for miles had been scrubbed clean of people, everything. The right hand map shows Ireland if hit by 85 metres of water. ©Michael Billingsley