Wednesday, 9 April 2008

A lot of Ulster Folk in Texas...

People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors. -- Edmund Burke, 1790

The quote above from Edmund Burke sent in by Leonard J. McCown, of Irving, Texas and who is a participant in the Ulster Heritage DNA Project. His people came from Ulster to the Colonies early, his family of Gallóglaigh descent, real Gaels to the core.

I liked this quote and wanted to post it as Burke was an Irishman of great wisdom and insight, probably more relevant today than in his own day when you really stir it about, but also to mention how much early Texas was shaped by the Irish from Ulster that settled there circa 1820s into the 1860s and beyond. Their finest day being 6 March 1836, which if you were born in the Southland you know what happened that date. In this part of the Diaspora we often have a dinner and raise a glass to the lads that day...

mise le meas,


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