On 8/3/99 10:25:12 PM, bobsheridan wrote:
>Re: the term "Black Irish."
My sources ("Salisbury Cathedral" by ? and a "History of the English Speaking Peoples" by Winston Churchill) have written that the term "black Irish" refers to the original Celts who were a small, dark folk that migrated over the land bridge between the British Isles and mainland Europe.
I've heard the story about the Spanish sailors, but since there were many more Celts than Spanish, I'm inclined to believe that's the true origin. Of course, the stereotyped Redhaired, green eyed, freckled Irishmen were just Norsemen who found a "good liberty port".
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