Before the dawn of written history, horsemen from the steppes of Russia swept across the European continent settling initially in Germany's Hartz Mountains. Buy the Book
Following their their conversion by priests from the British Isles to the Druid religion and laws, the Celts overran a swath of Europe from the British Isles southeast to Turkey, which they ruled for a thousand years.
In addition to bringing iron to the continent, the Celts invented steel, the spoked wheel with its iron tire, and the iron plow, which enabled European nomads to settle in communities.
In 387 BC, they defeated the Roman Army and invaded the eternal city. This epic battle dramatically changed the course of history. The Celts are truly the Founders of Europe.
This is their story.
grandson of Big John Meehan from Sligo, Mary Ellen McLaughlin-Keane
from Galway, Bridget Munnelly from Mayo, and Matthew Smith from Cavan
ended up with the least recognized Irish name of them all. I can’t begin
to tell you how many times, I’ve been asked, “Smith, huh! English …
right?” When I meet up with my ancestor Mac an Gabhann—the one who
anglicized our family name to Smith—he and I are going to have words.
Even my wife, Elizabeth McCarthy McGinty Smith, would’ve retained her
maiden name if such a thing were fashionable when we were wed. An interest in the
Druids and ancient Celts formed into a book when I learned the Celts
invaded Rome in circa 500 BCE. This was followed by The Life and Times
of Liam O’Donnell: which began as a tale of growing up Irish-Catholic in
Philadelphia, then grew to an epic, including the major battles and
events of WWII. Since the Liam book needed a companion, I wrote its
sequel, Rory O’Donnell and the Kennedys to add the Korean War, Civil
Rights, and Vietnam. The Last of the Fenians began as a whimsical tale
about the Irish Republican Brotherhood stealing the Titanic’s sister
ship; until, I stumbled across the fact that the first-formed Irish
Division (the 10th) fought in Gallipoli. The book then took off on a
path of its own through WWI, the Anglo-Irish War, The Treaty, Ulster,
ending with Michael Collins’ assassination in the Irish Civil War. As an
aside, both my father and my Grandfather Smith were in Ireland during
that period. Now I couldn’t let my likely cousin, Phil Sheridan, off
easily, therefore; he became one of the main characters in The Civil
War’s Valiant Irish. That’s when I realized I wasn’t just writing
individual books, but the complete series about Irish-American
Before I continue on to the little I’ve accomplished in life, there are a
few items from my family history that need emphasizing. The Smith
homestead in Beagh Upper, Parish of Upper Killenkere, was “situate”
within 200 yards of where General Phil Sheridan was born. And since, my
uncles have stated that their grandmother was a Sheridan, well … you do
the math. If you have an issue with that, there’s no sense going into
the story Big John Meehan told of my Galway-born grandmother being
related to a member of Columbus’s crew.
When I began writing
narrative-history, I didn’t plan to write the complete Irish-American
Story, it just happened, or it will happen when later this year I add,
The Revolutionary War Irish to the series.