The Irish people are an ethnic group who originate in Ireland, an island in northwestern Europe. Ireland has been populated for around 9,000 years (according to archaeological studies, see Prehistoric Ireland). The Irish people's earliest ancestors are recorded in legends _ they are claimed to be descended from groups such as the Nemedians, Fomorians, Fir Bolg, Tuatha De Danann and the Milesians. Lebor Gabala Erenn, a book of Irish mythology tells that Milesians were Scythian descendants.
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