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#1    spud the mackem

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 03:49 PM

It had to happen,we have had a succession of American Presidents who have laid claim to Irish Heritage and ancestry O'Bama being the latest,Reagan,Carter,Clinton Kennedy have in the past.Why do they like to be Irish ?.Is it because they will get the Irish vote in the U.S.or is it the fashion for American Presidents to be Irish.Why don't they just put the Irish Tricolour above the Whitehouse..I guess there aren't many Afro-American Irishmen about so maybe O'Bama can claim to be the first.No offence to you guys who have no Irish ancestry.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 04:26 PM

Everyone wishes they were Irish.....
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Posted 17 June 2013 - 04:48 PM

Didn't a little girl investigate the genealogy of the line of presidents and only find one that wasn't related to the queen. I don't doubt that on that wavelength there is Irish in there.


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:19 PM

View PostOrcseeker, on 17 June 2013 - 04:48 PM, said:

Didn't a little girl investigate the genealogy of the line of presidents and only find one that wasn't related to the queen. I don't doubt that on that wavelength there is Irish in there.

Actually yes!

http://m.youtube.com...h?v=HGrbJ4_jcc8


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:52 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 17 June 2013 - 03:49 PM, said:

It had to happen,we have had a succession of American Presidents who have laid claim to Irish Heritage and ancestry O'Bama being the latest,Reagan,Carter,Clinton Kennedy have in the past.Why do they like to be Irish ?.Is it because they will get the Irish vote in the U.S.or is it the fashion for American Presidents to be Irish.Why don't they just put the Irish Tricolour above the Whitehouse..I guess there aren't many Afro-American Irishmen about so maybe O'Bama can claim to be the first.No offence to you guys who have no Irish ancestry.


You were watching it too...I heard him say that in Belfast.. I was like - Oh goodie another one lol...So many claim to have Irish blood in them at some point..But you have to remember, a lot of Irish people immigrated over in the states and settled there many many moons ago, that is why so many Americans claim to have Irish roots...

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   .Why do they like to be Irish?              

Because we Irish are soooooooooo freeakin  drunk   cool .. that's why :P

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:09 PM

View PostBeckys_Mom, on 17 June 2013 - 08:52 PM, said:

Because we Irish are soooooooooo freeakin  drunk   cool .. that's why :P

Very true! :)


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:36 PM

Is Putin an Irish name ?...

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:38 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 17 June 2013 - 10:36 PM, said:

Is Putin an Irish name ?...

Nope, I think it is Russian

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:51 PM

View PostBeckys_Mom, on 17 June 2013 - 10:38 PM, said:

Nope, I think it is Russian
   ok, but I asked (tongue in cheek) hee hee,because if O'Bama is Irish,then I'm French (yuk,dread the thought.)...Slainte

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:55 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 17 June 2013 - 10:36 PM, said:

Is Putin an Irish name ?...
No, you're thinking of "Puddin".


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 11:07 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 17 June 2013 - 10:51 PM, said:

ok, but I asked (tongue in cheek) hee hee,because if O'Bama is Irish,then I'm French (yuk,dread the thought.)...Slainte

I think indeed he does have Irish roots.... Read below...

Barack Obama's Irish Family Tree Traced Back to the 17th Century, Shedding Light on Earliest Known Relatives

Eneclann researchers from Trinity College Dublin and Irish Origins have traced Obama's family history much further back than ever before. Obama's earliest known relative, his 6th great grandfather, was a member of a family of wealthy wig makers who included an Irish politician, Michael Kearney. It was said that 'no man alive was equally fired with ambition'.

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Much more is now known about Barack Obama's Irish ancestry. His 18th century Irish family were already politically active and ambitious. Our researchers have traced his family back to the 17th century, and uncovered a mass of detail about his Irish forebears. The family were prominent in the business and political life of Dublin City in the first half of the 18th Century. The head of the family, Michael Kearney was Dublin's most successful wigmaker, and even his opponents said of him, "No man alive was equally fired with ambition" in a scurrillous pamphlet in which he was accused of trying to take over the Guild of Barber Surgeons & Periwig Makers in Dublin.
The pamphlet further urged the "Black-guards of Town" to pelt him [Michael Kearney] with "Pellets of Perjury". The Kearneys invested their profits from wigs, in property, as the city of Dublin grew rapidly in the 1700s. If fashions had not changed, Obama might not be here: the wig market declined at the same time that the Irish economy weakened, and eventually the family emigrated to the US.

We were able to trace back Obama's irish roots from a reference in the records at Irish Origins to a property occupied by his great-great-great-grandmother in 1851.http://www.origins.n...icle-obama.aspx

I'd love to find out if I have any roots traced elsewhere?  Probably not though !!

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:24 AM

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Everyone wishes they were Irish.....

Not me :tu:


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:04 AM

Q: What's Irish and stays out all night?

A: Paddy O'Furniture.

Sorry, that's all I've got. :)

Edit: My grandmother was two generations removed from Ireland. I went there years ago. What a fantastic island!

Edited by Likely Guy, 18 June 2013 - 02:16 AM.


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 05:17 AM

I used to mimic playing the bodhran long before I ever knew what one was :)  The sound of Celtic music stirred me like no other sound I'd ever known so even though I've never searched my ancestors I have no doubt of my connection to the isles.  I take exception to the idea that our president could be part Irish.  I have trouble believing that Ireland ever produced such a scoundrel as he.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 08:36 AM

Made me think of this (from 'The Shawshank Redemption', 1994) :

Dufresne (Tim Robbins) asks Red (Morgan Freeman), '"Why do they call you Red?"
Red replies, "Maybe its because I'm Irish".





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