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Re: Was George considered Black Irish?
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2014, 06:08:28 AM »

There have been a few genetic studies in recent years that suggest that a significant percentage of Irish men share a particular genetic marker with men from the northen coast of Spain. It is suggested that this is the origin of the so-called "Black Irish", many hundreds of years ago. Given that Paul and George have Irish roots, it is a possibility that they are of that heritage.


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Re: Was George considered Black Irish?
« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2014, 02:37:55 PM »

I think RickMH is right! As I understand it the survivors from the sunken Spanish Armada washed ashore along the coast of Ireland and were assimilated into the society. Several generations later you have Black Irish as they intermarried and brought they're darker Spanish features. My Irish side always alluded to them as my Dad had black hair.
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