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Thread #64952   Message #1066055
Posted By: mooman
05-Dec-03 - 10:06 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Black Irish: Etymological Consensus?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Black Irish: Etymological Consensus?
My family were sometimes referred to as "Black Irish". Indeed, a large part of the family is descended from Spanish armada survivors very close to the west coast in Sligo and a great many of my relatives (including my mother and several of her brothers and sisters) retained strong, sallow Southern Spanish looks with brown eyes and black hair. I used to have the black hair (see old photo in photos section!) and the brown eyes but otherwise have the more typical Irish skin type and colour (i.e. I cannot go out in the sun at all!).