Celtic Fidchell was the thinking mans strategy board game of choice in Ireland when
Cuchulainn was a boy and is referred to frequently in the Celtic manuscripts and
Legends where it is described as being played by royalty and even the Gods.
The game was invented by Lugh, the God of Light, and played with skill by his son,
the warrior Cuchulainn.
History hasn't yet definitively revealed to us the board layout or rules
ref. Early Irish Board Games by Eoin Mac White, but excavations in 1932 at a Crannóg
in County Westmeath gave us the "Ballinderry board" which was subsequently dated
Scholars agree that this board type lends itself to the playing of a Tafl or Tablut
style game, variations of which were widely played throughout Northern Europe and
Scandinavia at this time.
Others argue that Fidchell was more like the Roman game of Latrinculi, but while
there is an element of speculation as to the precise rules of Fidchell we can be
certain that the Ballinderry style board was played in Ireland over a thousand years
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