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Ogham

Many years before writing was invented, history, wise sayings and folklore were passed on from person to person. These stories sometimes changed over time (a bit like Chinese Whispers) and that's why it became so important to write things down. The Celts wanted to record names - sometimes to show who owned a piece of land, or to tell who was buried under a stone. You can still find some of these stones today if you know where to look.

The Celts carved strokes into stones - and these strokes formed letters known as the 'Ogham' or 'Celtic Tree' alphabet. These are the earliest forms of writing found in Ireland.

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