Black Irish

Posted by Lisa Gibson on October 26, 2001

In Reply to: Black Irish posted by Sean McGuiness on January 15, 19100

I am also not an expert on anything to do with this but have always been curious. My mother always told me that my father referred to himself as a "Black Irishman", she and I always assumed this was because of his coloring (black hair with blue eyes) but because I did not grow up knowing him - I am unaware of the true circumstances. He immigrated to the US from Ireland when he was a boy and his surname was Stedman which always seemed a very un-Irish name to me...I did talk to an Irishman once who supposed that a Black Irishman was a Irish Protestant...That's all I've got!