At this time there were no cities or major trading centres in the country.People made a living based on crop farming and cattle breeding, and lived in small villages surrounded by defensive walls and dykes.
Later he succeeded to escape back to Britain, but returned to Ireland to become a missionary.
The raiding continued after the Roman withdrawal, and eventually the Scots managed to establish a firm stronghold on the west coast of Pictland (Dalriada).
Ireland was like many other European countries at the time dominated by rivalling clan- and family-based petty kingdoms, which alternated in having the overlordship over the others.
From this hilltop (100 metres above sea level) its possible to view large areas of the Irish countryside.
Simultaneous with this internal struggle for power, the old druidic system of faith began meeting the challenge from Christianity. Among the very first missionaries was Patricius, or St. He was born into a wealthy Roman aristocratic family in western Britain in 385 AD.