Do you have Irish Ancestry? Just how Irish are you?
Lets put things into perspective:
Around about the 1700s – 1900s: The ancestors of many of the readers of this page headed towards the colonies, the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand.
Around the 1600s – 1700s: Many of the ancestors of our readers arrived in Ireland from the border area of Scotland and England into Ulster and other areas of Ireland. Many emigrated later to become the “Scotch-Irish” in America.
Around the 1100 – 1200s: Many of the ancestors of our readers arrived in Ireland as part of the Norman conquest. They mostly stayed put. Many Gallowglass came to Ireland from Scotland as a reaction to the Norman threat.
Around the 800s- 1000s: Many of the ancestors of our readers arrived in Ireland as part of the Viking invasions.
Around 500BC: Many of the ancestors of our readers arrived in Ireland as part of the Celtic “invasions”. This was pre-historic (not written down) so we are unsure of dates and specifics. They brought with them the precursor of the Irish language and many of the customs that defined Gaelic culture over the following centuries.
And before that? Well, the island of Ireland was probably inhabited constantly from about 7000bc (the previous ice age finished 3000 years before).
In this picture you see a stone circle from Kealkill in County Cork. Who built it?
Well, the people who inhabited the island before the coming of the Celts – some say they were called the Tuatha Dé Dannann. Legend has it that they went underground to become occupants of ring-forts as faeries as soon as they were dominated. More likely – they mixed and intermarried with the later Celts.
Also in the picture – you see a lady with the surname of Cronin–Collins (I know her well!) – typical Cork names that have not moved in centuries. But her children have Gaelic, Pict, Viking and Norman blood in them.
So – how Irish is your Irish Ancestry?
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