Posted by Amy McGee on January 13, 2000
In Reply to: Black Irish posted by Bruce Kahl on January 12, 2000
: : : What does it mean to call someone a "Black Irishman".
: According to rumors and legends,Black Irish are the descendants
of a few surviving ill-fated Spanish sailors who sailed with the
Felícima Armada from Spain to invade England but were ultimately
shipwrecked on the northern and western coasts of Ireland in the
autumn of 1588. A very small number of the more than seven hundred
Spanish men who made it alive to the Irish coast survived, and a
few of those who did allegedly became intimate with enough Irish
women so as to engender a new inter-racial (Hibernian-Iberian) strain
of progeny whose "dark hair and eyes and soft brown Southern skin
testifies to its remote Spanish ancestry."
: Follow on the link below for a very, very detailed essay, with footnotes, on the Black Irish!
Thank you! I have some "Black Irish" ancestry, and I never knew
exactly what it meant. I was a little timid to claim it without