Irish DNA

Genealogists have traced Bush’s lineage back to both parts of Ireland. One of his five times great grandfathers, William Holliday, was born in Rathfriland, Co Down about 1755 and died in Kentucky in 1811/12. One of his seven times great grandfathers William Shannon was born in blah blah hrruaghgh ohmigod I’m chokin aughkkk hrrff aaurk ik.

Want to know something really, really interesting? I have Irish ancestry. Yes, I know! – unbelievable. It turns out that I have ancestors from Tyrone, Armagh, Down and even further afield. In fact, if you dig into these things even deeper, you discover that most other Irish people also have Irish ancestry. And do you realise what that means? It means that most Irish people had ancestors who didn’t have televisions or fridges! I know: mindblowing.

Even more crazy is that some people from Ireland actually left the place to go somewhere else, a trend that must be unique among the many nations who stitch together the grand patchwork that is world history.

So to find out that the President of the United States have Irish ancestors: that just rocks my world. My chest swells, and I feel pretty damn good.


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