A study published in The Irish Time suggests the cultural connection between Irish people and their roots is rooted in the country’s geography and a deep appreciation of their traditional knowledge.
According to the researchers, Irish people have been taught that the Irish people are descended from a very small number of people who lived in the Americas, who were not allowed to colonise the land.
The study was carried out by academics at the University of Limerick and the National Museum of Ireland, and the findings were presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society of Archaeology.
The researchers said the study was conducted to understand how Irish people might have learned their heritage, and what that heritage might be.
“We were interested in how they could have used the knowledge they acquired in the Caribbean and the Caribbean islands to help them understand the past, and we wanted to understand what that means in terms of what they have today,” said Dr James Glynn, an archaeologist at the National Institute of Irish Research (NIIR).
Dr Glynn said that the study focused on the role of people from the Caribbean, and they looked at how those people understood their heritage.
“They had to use that knowledge to make sense of the past in terms that they could relate to in their everyday lives,” he said.
“It’s about how you can use those tools to think about your own identity.”
According to Dr Glynn the Irish were taught that a large number of the people in the United States were descendants of the indigenous people who settled in the region.
“That’s where the term Indigenous American comes from, so the idea that you’re the descendants of people that came from a particular place is not the case,” he explained.
Dr Glyn explained that the research involved collecting information from a range of sources including people who had lived in Ireland, their descendants and the Americas in the 1700s and 1800s.
He said that Irish people were also taught about the importance of their history in their daily lives, with the use of myths about the origins of the country.
“I’m not going to go into a lot of the details of what these myths are, but I think what we’re seeing is that there’s a deep sense of identity for Irish people that goes back centuries,” he added.
Dr James Glyn says that the way we think about Irish history, and how it relates to our identity, is important, because the Irish are so important to us.
“One of the things that is really important about Ireland is that we’re a very cosmopolitan country.
We’ve got an enormous diversity of cultures.
I think that’s really important, as a nation to be able to tap into that diversity,” he noted.
Dr Glenas Walsh, an assistant professor at the NIIR, said that this research could have implications for the way that people from Ireland, including Irish people living in the US, are taught about their own identity.
“In the US we’ve got a very strong sense of what we can say about our history, so that makes it really important to understand where those myths come from and what those myths mean, because those are really powerful, powerful myths that we can use to understand ourselves,” he told The Irish News.
“And it’s really, really important for Irish Americans to understand their history as well.”
The study also looked at the relationship between Irish and American people, and was conducted in collaboration with the Irish Cultural Heritage Institute and the University College Cork.
Dr Walsh said that research has always been important for understanding how people have understood their origins.
“What we found, and it’s interesting that we found this from a national level, is that Irish Americans, whether they’re from New York or from the south, are very interested in their own history, their own roots, and that’s what they’re really interested in,” he continued.
Dr Gillian O’Reilly, a lecturer at the Irish Historical Society, said the findings showed the connection between their past and their present.
“This is really interesting, because it shows the way people can understand their own origins,” she said.
Dr O’ Reilly said that many of the studies done in the past were not really based on archaeological data, but on anecdotal evidence and social history.
“You have people who go on their way and they come across stories from their own families, they come to understand about their heritage from their family, but it’s a very narrow view of history, that is very limited, and so you can’t really do research that way, because you have to take a very broad view,” she explained.
“The Irish and Americans are really good at being able to be cross-cultural, and really to be aware of the other cultures around them and how they relate to each other, and their shared history and what they can contribute to the future of Ireland.”
Dr Walsh explained that one of the challenges in understanding the Irish is that they are such a diverse country, with over 100 languages spoken across the island,