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.
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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