Cad as Duit?*
By Chris Bolte
Today, the United States population is 311,056,977, according to factfinder.census.gov.
Americans make up 30,528,492, roughly making up almost ten percent of the total United States
Today, the great island of Ireland is made up of two separate political entities; the Republic
of Ireland, in which Dublin is the capital, and Northern Ireland, in which Belfast is the capital.
of the Republic of Ireland is 27,127 square feet and the area of Northern Ireland is 5,458 square miles,
with an overall total of 32,595 square miles for the entire island.
Ireland was populated by the Celtic people, known as the Gaels, sometime between 600 and 400 BC.
An isolated group, Ireland was never invaded by the Romans, allowing the Gaels to develop a distinct
By the fourteenth century, England’s kings traveled to Ireland to effect order and Increase
allegiance to the Crown, but never really did due to their prior engagements to the Hundred Year War
(1337-1453) and the War of the Roses (1455-1485).
At the turn of the sixteenth century English control
was almost nothing except for a small area surrounding Dublin.
However, by this time, Henry VIII began