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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
08-Dec-03 - 03:24 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Black Irish: Etymological Consensus?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Black Irish: Etymological Consensus?
Face up to it, you redheaded and blond Irish, there are too many of us Black Irish. We were there first and you were the newcomers!

Celtic languages are closely allied to the Italic dialects (language cousins under the skin- See Encyclopaedia Britannica). The Celts were a racially mixed group only sharing a common language by the time they got to the islands. Didn't they get to Rome and Spain as well as NW Europe? I don't think that they were celibate.

It is more likely that Roman soldiers contributed more of their genes to the population than Spanish sailors and traders did later. Not all were blonds from the north of the Roman Empire; probably many were from south of Rome and remember that they had soldiers from Iberia as well. Aren't Mediterranean peoples supposed to be more sexually active than northerners?

Hair color of the Picts in the pre-Druidical islands? No one knows! Shure and wouldn't you expect some of their genes survived?

Hmmm, I should start another fakelore website. Just a touch of history and a pot full of speculation are all that are needed to convince most people.