Though the Irish had the Bow and Arrow, it was never a favourite weapon with them. They used only the long bow, which was from four to five feet in length, and called fidbac [feevak], signifying 'wood-bend,' from fid, 'wood,' and bac, 'a bend.'
FIGS. 9, 10 & 11. Flint arrow-heads. Fig. 9 shows arrow with a piece of the shaft and the tying gut as it was found. (From Wilde's Catalogue).
The arrow, which was called saiged [sy'-ed], was tipped with flint or metal. A supply of arrows was kept in a quiver, called saiged-bolg, meaning 'arrow-bag.' Arrow-heads, both of flint and of bronze, are constantly found in every part of Ireland, and may be seen in vast numbers in the National Museum. Those of bronze are usually made with a hollow cro or socket into which the wood was inserted.
Charlotte Milligan Fox, sister of the poet Alice Milligan, was a founding member of the Irish Folk Song Society and an indefatigable field collector of Irish traditional music. Her singularly important work on Irish haprers is here presented for the twenty-first century reader. This edition of Annals offers a much greater number of illustrations than were included in the original 1911 publication, a full biographical introduction, an extensive bibliography of the writings of Milligan Fox and an appendix discussing the variant texts of Arthur O’Neills Memoirs.
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