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Celtic Connections

"We covered the affairs, the lies, the secrets": After 21 years, this Irish soap…

Ipswich torc terminal La Tène-style c.75 BC; British Museum

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Young Street, near Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, Scotland

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from Owlcation

Blood of the Irish: What DNA Tells Us About the Ancestry of People in Ireland

For a long time the myth of Irish history has been that the Irish are Celts. The latest research into Irish DNA has confirmed that the early inhabitants of Ireland were not directly descended from the Celts/Keltoi of central Europe. In fact the closest genetic relatives of the Irish in Europe are to be found in the north of Spain in the region known as the Basque Country. These same ancestors are shared to an extent with the people of Britain - especially the Scottish.

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Princess Scota (Princess Meritaten, daughter of Pharoah Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti). She left Egypt and went into political exile when her family was overthrown from rulership, and sailed with her Greek husband, Gaythelos, to Ireland (between 1400-1350 BC) to become Princess Scota. The country of Scotland is named after her.

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from REENA AHLUWALIA

Ór - Ireland's Gold

Gold Collar. 800-700 BC. National Museum of Ireland.

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A Gaelic toast ... "A hundred thousand Welcomes! ... Cheers/Good health!"

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Celtic house. Round houses such as this predominated in Britain before the Roman conquest

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