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Thread #64952   Message #1065705
Posted By: mack/misophist
04-Dec-03 - 04:48 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Black Irish: Etymological Consensus?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Black Irish: Etymological Consensus?
My grandmother was from Dublin. She used 'Black Irish' to refer to native Irish whose ancestors came from elsewhere. I know a man from County Clare who uses it to refer to Irish with a mediterranean complection. And I've seen several other usages in print. In other words, I don't believe there is as concensus, except perhaps locally.