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Posted By: GUEST,Cuairteoir
08-Nov-07 - 02:47 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Black Irish: Etymological Consensus?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Black Irish: Etymological Consensus?
What is this thread about? Why was the term "Black Irish" (which first appears in print in the 1880s) coined in the first place?
To explain away the presence of dark hair among the Irish, who I gather, aren't supposed to have dark hair?
Therefore, these Irish who don't conform to the preconceived image have to be the result of some "foreign" intrusion into the populace.
Consider for a moment that the original population was of a darker coloration and that the lighter-haired population is the result of a "Scandinavian Armada"?
As Drew Carey put it once "I know it's true - but I don't want it to be true!"
Síocháin, Heddwch, Peace.