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History of the Gaelic people

The Gaels are a group of people that make up a significant chunk of the British isles. Originating from Ireland they spread throughout the island and into Scotland. They first came to what is now Stranear and Ayr. They expanded up through the Highlands and islands all the way up to John O’Groats. Gaelic was the language that is spoken and remained as they were never colonised by the Romans. They had contact, conflict and trade with them but the influence the Romans had on the rest of Europe was missing on the Gaels. This is one of the reasons why Gaelic is such a complicated language to the rest of the country, it is unsullied by the usual anglicisation.

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The Gaels were put under extreme pressure in the 1600 and 1700s. James VI of Scotland and I of England were determined to wipe out the culture and forced the English language upon them. He was moderately successful at this but the language and culture still survive in its purest form in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland and the Isle of Aran in Ireland. One such example is the iconic irish sweaters women netted for their fishermen folk. You can own this piece of history at www.shamrockgift.com/aran-sweaters.

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The Gaels have provided us with beautiful works of art and the great stories of the Irish heroes down through the centuries until the appearance of St Patrick. They remain an essential part and contributor to the British isles.


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