E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The ancient Irish. The legend is that Ireland was once peopled by the Firbolgs, who were subdued by the Milesians, called the Gaels of Ireland.
My family, by my fathers side, are all the true ould Milesians, and related to the OFlahertys, and OShaughnesses, and the MLauchlins, the ODonnaghans, OCallaghans, OGeogaghans, and all the thick blood of the nation; and I myself am an OBrallaghan, which is the ouldest of them all.Maclin: Love à la Mode.