For all those I initially sent out recommendations to, disregard. Am on the last knockings and for Ireland would say that Rutherfurd's offerings are far, far superior. This was more a young adult thing.
St Patrick's Day 2012
Opening: The little boy sat on the crown of a rocky hill, his thin arms hugging his scabby knees. He tilted his head and gazed up into the immense vault of the sky, feeling wonderfully alone.
From wiki - The Fomoire (or Fomorians) are a semi-divine race said to have inhabited Ireland in ancient times. They are sometimes said to have had the body of a man and the head of a goat, according to an 11th century text in Lebor na hUidre (the Book of the Dun Cow), or to have had one eye, one arm and one leg, but some, for example Elatha, the father of Bres, were very beautiful. Bres himself carries the epithet "the Beautiful."
Now I will send a Plopp™ to anyone who can remember which of my books state that these African pirates were actually the diaspora from Amarna. One of those Lawrence books methinks. In that book it tells of the crowning stone going up to Ireland and into Scotland where there was a replacement in the form of the Scone stone. Myths and conspiracy theories - got to love 'em.