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>The older races also probably account for the "black Irish".
> Lisa Broadbent
I had heard the story that the black Irish were in some way connected to the
Spanish. The anecdote in my family is that they're the descendants of the
Spanish Armada who could swim. :)
I have no idea how true this story could be. For starters, I don't know where
the armada actually sank. But it does provide a nice explanation for names
like Eamonn de Valera.