‘a wild Irishman’ in Gaelic is ‘a black Irishman’

Ireland is a place of my families’ origins. While I have never walked its sod, there is a strange beaconing call from those distant shores that have haunted me throughout my life. When I was in college I was befriended by a big husky black star of the school’s football team who referred to me as his “black Irish pal” when we tipped beer together.

I didn’t realize until much later that his reference to the black Irish went deep into the history of Ireland. It seems that among the very ancient settlers to that haunting place were the TWA, a tribe of black pygmies that migrated north from Africa and made the island nation their home.

Historical research strongly suggests the TWA may have been the very first humans to live in Northern Ireland and they were there long before the Druids and the influence of the Roman Catholic Church. Some trace their history to over 10,000 years BC. 

Other cultures migrated to Ireland in later times, mostly from the Middle East and Eastern Europe. A gene study led by Dan Bradley of Trinity College in Dublin, traces the origins of ancient Irish genomes to Spain and Sardinia. Other ancestry was found to have originated in a region now known as Russia and the Ukraine.

Consequently we find that as proud as the Irish are about their heritage, they appear to be a genetic mix of peoples from throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The only true Irish heritage may be traced to the TWA people, who still inhabit the jungles in various parts of Africa.

So if the TWA pygmy people were the first settlers, why are there none living in Ireland today? Believe it or not we have St. Patrick to thank for that. The old story of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland appears to be a twisted version of a mass genocide Patrick led against the TWA. 

It is said the TWA wore a Uraeus, a particular hat showing a snake image which is also found on the heads of the images of the Kings and Queens of ancient Egypt. Thus St. Patrick is apparently celebrated by the Catholic Church for his work in the mass slaughter of the TWA throughout Northern Ireland.

The existence of the TWA also is reflected in many of the Irish legends that were passed down by the Druids to contemporary times. The story of the Leprechaun, or a type of fairy that dressed in a green coat and who saved cold coins in a pot is a reflection of the diminutive people who were craftsmen in their time. It was said they had special knowledge of medicine, metallurgy, textile and shoe-making which the Caucasians perceived as “magical.”

Whatever wealth the TWA possessed was obviously seized in the mass genocide that occurred under the direction of Patrick who acted on behalf of the Catholic Church. Author David MacRitchie, in his book Ancient and Modern Britons, wrote “that the wild tribes of Ireland were black men is hinted by the fact that ‘a wild Irishman’ is in Gaelic ‘a black Irishman (Dubh Eireannach).” The word Dubh in Gaelic means Black.

The old story of St. Patrick’s evil deeds are twisted in the historical record to state that the man saved the people of Ireland from deadly serpents. But there is no evidence that snakes ever were found on the island nation. 

There is strong evidence that the Pharaohs and Kings of Egypt also were, at one time, black skinned people rather than Caucasian, as our history books make it appear. That these royal people are shown in ancient Egyptian art also wearing the Uraeus, or head piece with the head of a snake showing, may be significant.

In many African cultures the serpent is not a symbol of evil, as it is in the Christian world. For them it is a symbol of eternal life, of regeneration, power, protection and wisdom.

Because the indigenous people of Ireland were African and dark skinned, there has been a general misconception that they were Pagan. This appears to be untrue. They may have been more culturally advanced than the European raiders who eventually took over their land and drove them out.

We should think about this the next time St. Patrick’s Day comes around. It appears that we are celebrating the mass murder of an entire race of people on orders from the Vatican.

1 Comment

  1. Are you serious ?
    I was under the impression that the term ‘ black Irish ‘ was a reference to the emergence of dark skinned children following the Spanish Armada catastrophe when hundreds of dark skinned sailors washed up on the shores of West Ireland coastline. This was most obvious in Co Mayo.They settled and interbred with the indigenous west coast peoples.

    Of course, it is not as well researched as your post- more details of the TWA would be helpful perhaps?

    Meanwhile, I will hold my breath ….

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