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Ten thousand years in Ireland

People settled in Ireland only at the end of the most recent ice-age glaciation, about ten thousand years ago.

Even the Americas were settled before that.

The British island had been occupied for nearly a half-million years.

During the ice periods, the passage to the western island has been dry, with the decrease of sealevel that always occurs when snowfall and ice accumulate on land. But apparently the environment in Ireland has not been hospitable to people during these times, cold and relatively barren as the land was.

Large mammals inhabited the island before the end of the most-recent glacial age, but humans were apparently not among of them.