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The Irish – more Spanish than Celtic? — Killarney Ireland
The Irish – more Spanish than Celtic
December 29, 2006 · 64 comments
Scientists have concluded that the Celts did not invade Ireland en masse,
nor did they replace an earlier group.
Despite the widely held belief that the Irish are descended from Celts who
invaded Ireland about 2,500 years ago, a 2004 genetic research study at
Trinity College, Dublin (TCD) appears to argue against it.
The Celtic cultural heritage in Ireland is prolific and informs the common
perceptions and beliefs about the national identity and its origins. From
traditional cultural sources in language, legend and literature the Celtic
influence is strong and can also be found in contemporary culture such as
Enya and the Afro Celt Sound System. The research however suggests that our
blood if not also some (at least) of our culture can or should be
attributed to wider origins: Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia and North Africa.
The study, conducted by Dr. Dan Bradley and Brian McEvoy, a Ph.D student
conducted this genetic study with the support of the Irish government to
determine “whether there was a large incursion by Celtic people 2,500 years ago”
as is widely believed.
The scientists compared the DNA samples of 200 volunteers from around
Ireland with a genetic database of 8,500 individuals from around Europe. (The
Celts came from Central Europe stretching as far as Hungary).
They found that the Irish samples matched those around Britain and the
Pyrenees in Spain. There were some matches in Scandinavia and parts of North