The Firbolg are primordial inhabitants, or early gods of Ireland. They can be compared
with the Titans or Olympic Gods of Greece. The third wave of invaders, they conquered
the Formorians and ruled Ireland between 2000 BC and 1000 BC when they in turn were
defeated by the Tuatha Dé Danann who mysteriously appeared in the west of the country.
The name appears to mean “bagmen” or “men of the bags”, but could it have something
to do with the fire in their bellies, which would also explain why they refused to
make peace with the Tuatha Dé Danann despite the apparent superiority of the new
They were defeated in battle near Cong and driven into the most westerly areas of
the country where they became the first fairies of Ireland.