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August 2, 2009


ABC - Henry Louis Gates Jr., the black professor at the center of the racial story involving his arrest outside his Harvard University-owned house, has spoken proudly of his Irish roots.

Strangely enough, he and the Cambridge, Mass., police officer who arrested him, Sgt. James Crowley, both trace their ancestry back to the legendary Niall of the Nine Hostages.

In a PBS series on African-American ancestry that he hosted in 2008, Gates discovered his Irish roots when he found he was descended from an Irish immigrant and a slave girl. . .

Ironically, James Crowley, whose name in Gaelic means "hardy warrior," is also descended from the same line as Gates, having very close links to Niall of the Nine Hostages.

So the two men who took part in what is now an infamous confrontation outside the Gates home near Harvard this month are actually related through common Irish lineage -- one of the more extraordinary aspects of the incident that has sparked worldwide headlines. . .

A team of geneticists at Trinity College led by professor Dan Bradley have discovered that as many as 3 million men worldwide may be descendents of the Irish warlord, who was the Irish "High King" at Tara, the ancient center of Ireland from A.D. 379 to A.D. 405.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, virtually everyone in the West with any sort of European ancestry is going to be a descendant of Niall of the Nine Hostages, Charlemagne, or Cerdic, King of the Saxons. Any random American dude fighting any other random American dude is, by this standard, a good old Irish brawl. (See http://www.humphrysfamilytree.com/ca.html).

August 2, 2009 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other news, 9 more American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan this weekend. I wonder why Obama wants us focused on StupidGates.

August 2, 2009 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly, 10:12. And where's the concern for the DEAD teacher murdered by the thugs in the continuously ignored military coup in Honduras?? Is anybody in America paying attention to history being made in real time by the Honduran resistance in our own backyard??

August 3, 2009 12:38 AM  

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