I was fascinated to read in the Belfast Telegraph today that scientists from the University College Dublin have mapped out an Irish genetic code.
No doubt, Hitler would have been delighted if his scientists had discovered the Aryan genetic code. Before anybody who is descended from the planters starts jumping out of their seat, it needs to be said that there is nothing apparently political about this announcement. The report states:
“Scientists believe new research which charts the genetic make-up of Irish people will result in important advances in the study of diseases and the history of the population here”
In 1588, Spain attempted to invade England. Many of the ships which made up the Spanish Armada were lost in the storms around the coasts of the British Isles. Some of these ended up off the coast of County Clare. A coastal village in Clare, near the site of some of those wrecks, bears the name ‘Spanish Point.’
My mother is from County Clare. She claims that a number of Spanish soldiers and Sailors, who survived the shipwrecks, remained and settled in Clare. She claims to be a descendant of one of those Spaniards. She believes that her skin, which easily tans in the sun, is an indication of her genetic inheritance. Perhaps this new scientific development could shed some light upon that?
Ireland has been populated by humans for no more than about 10,000 years. In that time, settlers have come to live here from other lands. There has been invasion and/or colonisation from Danes, Normans and people from Britain.
O’Rahilly’s historical model suggests that there were four waves of Celtic invasions from other parts of Europe in the years 700-100 BC but this is based on legend and Archeology has not settled the matter. Perhaps the new science will.