But they put a bad name on the firbolgs and the men of Domnand and the Gaileoin, for lies and for big talk and injustice.
The firbolgs, a rude people, held Ireland for a long period.
Next came Nemed and his people; and after these the firbolgs, who were conquered and succeeded by the Dedannans.
Slaine of the firbolgs was he by whom Temair was first raised.
The chief among their chiefs was Eocaid, son of Ere, remembered as the last ruler of the firbolgs.
The firbolgs had scarcely established themselves in the island when a fresh set of invaders appeared on the scene.
This third body of invaders is known collectively as firbolgs, and is ethnologically and historically very important.
In the early centuries of our era Ireland would therefore have been occupied by the firbolgs and kindred races and the Milesians.
And on the fourth day the Men of Dea got the upper hand, and the firbolgs were driven back.
Eochaid agreed to that, but he was not well pleased, for there were more men of the firbolgs than of the Men of Dea.
1797, ancient supernatural people of Ireland (enemies of the Dannans), perhaps from Old Irish fir, plural of fear "man" + bolg, genitive plural of bolg "bag, belly;" or second element may be cognate with Gaulish Belgae.