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Thread #22477 Message #244537
Posted By: paddymac
19-Jun-00 - 02:28 PM
Thread Name: BS: Are You a Real Paddy or a Plastic Paddy?
Subject: RE: BS: Are You a Real Paddy or a Plastic Paddy?
Good and bad can usually both be found in individuals, as well as in communities, ethnicities, etc., etc. I recall reading a qoute attributed to Charlie Haughey, back before he fell from grace. A reporter asked him "What's an Irish name?", to which he replied "Anyone living in Ireland." The reply struck me as both echumenical (sp?) and realistic. Island peoples have always been subject to greater degrees of gene drift than their continental cousins, so it's a bit of a stretch for most people to claim their "pure" anything, no matter where they are or where they are from. If you research your roots far enough back, most of us turn out to be "pure Heinz 57".