On Mar 11, 7:43pm, [log in to unmask] wrote:
> I found no direct references here to "black Irish" but
> there were interesting possibly related references
> under "black":
You hear "black protestant" once in a while... I guess I think
of that as an old fashioned sort of thing.
Black has a pejorative feel to it & the phrase "Black Irish from
beyond the pale/Shannon" sticks in my memory. You may well
be onto a good explanation for this, that the "black" is not
racial but another way of putting down the "wild Irish".