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  •  Hmm. That explains my reaction to the Irish myth (2+ / 0-)
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    then. My grandma came over from Ontario to work in the 1920's ,  I guess. But her parents stayed over there on the farm. This would be why all these memories of things are passed down through my aunt, who was sent over there to a boarding school for awhile in her childhood. Wow. The things you learn on Daily Kos. Amazing.

    •  There are a lot of Irish in the USA who (3+ / 0-)
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      came from Canada. All of my American cousins are descendants of a couple who moved to the US at the time the Erie Canal was being constructed.

      I think Chauncey underestimates the importance of the blood feud to the Irish (Hatfields & McCoys anyone?) From the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 there was almost continual low level guerrilla war between the Protestant and Catholic Irish. That was 300 years! As late as 1996 there were massive truck bombs being detonated in London. (Bishop's Gate)

      He may not appreciate the myth or legend, not fiction, of the IRA, nor the fact that the "troubles" didn't end until so recently. Fortunately, we seem to have put that behind us. Now representatives of Ireland go with representatives of South Africa to help broker peace and reconciliation in war-torn parts of the world. Lessons in Peace-Making

    •  I was puzzled about my paternal grandmother's (0+ / 0-)

      bias about certain aspects of European life and nobility in past centuries. Then I discovered that her maternal grandmother was descended from Huguenots who had been thrown out of France (in 1685, according to this).

      Family trauma can be very persistent.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:39:55 AM PDT

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