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The later high kings were nominally in charge but in practice, descended as many were from the prominent U Neill clan, there were always stresses and strains with the other regions.
For the earlier high kings, the title was more of a ceremonial one, and never implied political control of the whole country.
The most striking feature of pre-Ptolemy Ireland are legends of the island being divided in half between north and south.
Post-Ptolemy, the four or five kingdoms with which we are familiar began to appear (Connacht, Laigin, Mide, Munster, and Ulaid), but each of these kingdoms were composed of multiple tribes.
The tomb points towards Knocknarea, said to be the burial place of Queen Medb (Maeve) of Connacht, one of the major figures in the Irish saga, Tain Bo Cualnge.
Gaelic Ireland There exists a very small window through which to view the tribes of Ireland (those which largely pre-date the Roman presence in Britain).
Mountsandel in Coleraine in the north of Ireland is the oldest known site of settlement, with remains of woven huts, stone tools, and food such as berries and hazelnuts being discovered there by archaeologists.
The picture after that is very uncertain, but it seems most likely that several small waves of settlers arrived at various subsequent stages.
The last holdout may have been the Fir Domnann (the Dumnonii Men), possibly one of several British tribes who saw fragments of their number move to Ireland.
Coverage here of the Irish tribes therefore is a snapshot, figuratively taken by Ptolemy.