I've always admired the brilliant "Red Heads"often associated with the Irish.You will find in my Blog Archives(Oct.6,2011_"ROODHARIGENDAG (RED HEAD DAY)"_what fun that must be surrounded by Red-Heads! I confess my friends and I refer to ourselves as RED-HEADS_we love Red Wines! In Ireland,the hair colour is predominately brown with only 10% having auburn or red hair.Ulster(Northern Ireland) has the highest frequency of redheads.Which does NOT compute with the fact that my husband's family comes from County Cork in Munster(South-West)! My late Mother-in-law had curly red hair!
and Spanish.Each of these immigrant groups had their own physical characteristics.Consider the Vikings were often referred to as the "dark invaders or black foreigners",Normans of French origin were black-haired people,the Spanish settlers had dark features .Irish emigrants who settled in the West Indies and those that arrived in America were given this as a derogatory name_"Black Irish". Today genetic studies suggest migrations from Prehistoric Iberia "may" be viewed as the primary source for physical attributes. Which ever direction people from the past came from_when they settled in Ireland_the pot got mixed!
YES, there are Black people in Ireland,especially in Dublin.Many came in the 18th Century as servants of wealthy families.There were other Africans in Ireland that were not slaves..i.e Olaudah Equiano,lived in Belfast and was a Writer.Black slavery was rare in Ireland at this date, although the legal position remained unclear until a judgement in England in 1772, the "SOMERSETT'S CASE".
Lord Mansfield declared slavery as,"it's so odious, that nothing can be suffered to support it".
Next time a person calls me a Black Irish..guess I'll just have to Educate them! Let's have some fun this month celebrating "The Beautiful Emerald Isle".
~A Little Irish Humor~
Saloonkeeper_Here,you haven't paid for that whiskey you ordered.
Irishman_What's that you say?
Saloonkeeper__I said you haven't paid for that whiskey you ordered!!!!!
Irishman_Did you pay for it?
Saloonkeeper_Of course I did!
Irishman_Well,then,what's the good of both of us paying for it?
~Agus cuid eile an lae dhuit fein~.
And the rest of the day to yourself.