We received an email from an Irishman and thought we would post it since he gave no email address so we could answer him. We research the brief history's we post on our websites thoroughly. If you choose to email us please give us an email address so that we can reply to your email.
SubjectOther: Irish history
Date:27 Dec 2009
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Comments: Your Irish history is very very inaccurate. Ireland became independent in 1922. Gaelic/Irish was not introduced in the 17’Th century it was introduced thousands of years ago, the Celts/Gaels arrived thousands of years ago. America is not the only place the Irish emigrated too in large numbers, they also emigrated to Canada, Britain, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, France, Germany, South Africa, New Zealand, Montserrat among many other countries. Irish people do not consider Ireland to be part of the British Isles, the term is offensive. The Spanish did not introduce the Potato to Ireland, they where introduced by the English
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This is our answer with proof of our statements on the brief history posted on this website:
Ireland did not separate from the British Commonwealth until 1948. It did become a state in 1922 and still belonged to the Commonwealth. It was its own Republic in 1948 and it was final in 1949. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Ireland_Act_1948 "Ireland became part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. A famine in the mid-1800s caused large-scale death and emigration. The Irish War of Independence ended in 1921 with the British Government proposing a truce during which the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed, creating the Irish Free State. This was a Dominion within the British Empire with effective internal independence but still constitutionally linked with the British Crown. Northern Ireland, consisting of six of the 32 counties of Ireland, which had been established in 1921, immediately exercised its option under the treaty to retain its existing status within the United Kingdom. In 1937, a new constitution replaced the Irish Free State with a wholly independent state called Ireland, which later left the Commonwealth to become a republic in 1949." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland . Northern Ireland is still part of the UK.
As far as the Celtic language, it isn't stated on the website as introduced in the 17th century, but was emerged as being a prominent language as stated by Edward Lhuyd in 1707. The modern form written and accepted now, not the older ancient Gaelic form. The website doesn't state that the Celts invaded in the 17 century, but that the adoption of Celtic ways and language was influenced by their invasion.
It would be daft to state the only place that Irish people migrated to was the Americas, the website states that Irish people migrated to western part of the world mainly the Americas is true. We are sure you do know about the Irish Exodus to North America? if not you can research it. It was one of the largest migrations of the Irish people. North America is a continent which Canada and Mexico are a part of. When using the term Americas it doesn't mean the US, you are obviously confused with the statement. Although most of them did go to the US, it is recorded as such. There were many exiles that were part of the migration also, but since we only give a brief history we can not go into detail about the Irish Exodus.
The potato came from Spain, it was cultivated there. Spanish people brought them to Europe. The website does not state that Spain introduced the potato to Ireland. With only listing a brief history the website cannot go through in detail about the potato. The potato came from Spain first, but if you do some research you will find that they in fact did introduce it. "Basque fishermen from Spain used potatoes as ships stores for their voyages across Atlantic in the 15th century, and introduced the tuber to western Ireland, where they landed to dry their cod." From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato . So if we had stated that Spain introduced it we would be correct!
The website doesn't state Ireland as part of the British Isles, you misread it. As far as you being an Irishman, this doesn't mean that your knowledge is correct. You need to show us proof of your claims as they are not correct. It would have been nice to have an email so that we could have contacted you back. We feel that not giving an email address to reply back is rude and offensive!