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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Irish Are Not Celtic! | Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

The Irish Are Not Celtic! | Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely right, and we've known this for a while. The DNA signatures found in Irish bones - including the famous R1b - are the same as those today. But the bones pre-date the Celtic culture by 2,500 years or thereabouts. So whoever the people were who migrated to and became the predominant population of Ireland (and later became the Gaelic Scots), they are not "Celts".
    Remember also, please, "Celtic" is not an ethnicity, but a culture-and-language group composed of a number of ethnic groups in central Europe ca. 600 BC to its peak in 275 BC.
    In fact the whole Celtic thing was a bit of a con-trick dreamed up 300 years ago by a Welshman who wanted to make the case for the Welsh being ethnically and culturally different from the English, and we've all sort-of bought into it since then.
    It was given an extra spin during the Romanticist Celtic Revival

    Of course, I don't really care, because I'm a Pict, and we were in Scotland long before these Johnny-come-lately Irish-Gaels. Ha!

    Bruce Durie